Seasons in Central America
Most countries in Central America have very distinct micro climates with temperatures and rainfall varying from coast to coast and also as the altitude rises in mountainous regions. Below is a general overview of the weather patterns in Central America. However for more in-depth information, please visit the relevant destination page on our website.
Typically lasting between December to April, the dry season is largely considered the best time to travel Central America with pleasant temperatures and mostly clear skies. This is also peak tourist season with a number of national holidays including Easter and Christmas. Although Easter sees a great number of tourists, it's a great time to visit as the whole region enjoys Semana Santa celebrations.
However, peak season means soaring prices and accommodation is often filled quickly, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. February to mid-April is also peak season for cruise ships, and this worth bearing in mind if you’re visiting port cities in Mexico or Costa Rica.
The rainy season runs from April to December with hurricane season hitting the region in September and October, especially on the Caribbean coast. There's usually still plenty of sunshine during the wetter months and this period sees the landscape become vibrant and green. There’ll also be fewer tourists, however be prepared for higher humidity, tropical storms and more mosquitos.
The rainy season can also bring plenty more opportunities depending on your destination and interests. For example, scuba diving is popular in Costa Rica during this time as species such as whale sharks and manta rays come to the area.
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