Best Time to Visit Nicaragua

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Nicaragua. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Managua. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Nicaragua for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 20 °C to 34 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.1211.02 in (0 – 15 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Nicaragua is a state in Central America bordering Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south.

Nicaragua’s west coast lies on the Pacific Ocean, where the country’s most important conurbations are located, while the eastern side of the Caribbean is very sparsely populated in many places.

Nicaragua owes its nickname “Land of a Thousand Volcanoes” to numerous active volcanoes that extend parallel to the Pacific coast, especially inland. The highest elevation is Pico Mogotón in the north at around 2440 metres.

The geography of the country is also characterised by two large lakes. Lake Nicaragua with several islands is the largest and lies in the southwestern part of the country. The capital of Nicaragua is Managua on Lake Managua in the west.

Climate in Nicaragua

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Nicaragua has a tropical or humid-warm climate with only minor temperature fluctuations. The coastal regions are quite constant at 30 °C to 34 °C day temperature and 20 °C to 23 °C night temperature. The hottest months are April and May, when temperatures of up to 39 °C can be reached on particularly hot days. Temperatures are also expected to fall with rising altitudes, with mountain regions reaching daytime temperatures of around 25 °C.

There is a clear difference in rainfall between the Caribbean and the Pacific lowlands. In general, the Caribbean coast is humid all year round, while the highlands and the Pacific coast are not affected by the rainy trade winds. The dry season begins around mid-November and lasts until the end of April, but on the Caribbean coast only from the beginning of February to the end of April.

The rainy months are September and October, generally the rainy season in Nicaragua runs from the beginning of May to the end of October.

Best Time to Visit Nicaragua: Overview

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When to go to Nicaragua?


The best time to visit Nicaragua is during the dry season from November to April. At the end of the dry season, however, it can get very hot. In the months January to March there is almost no precipitation in Nicaragua’s west, but day temperatures of 34 °C and above. If you want to visit the rainforests in the Caribbean lowlands, we recommend February to April as the best time to travel.

In the rainy season from June to November a trip to Nicaragua is not recommended. Although the low season offers are attractive, the travel experience is clouded in many places by the unstable weather. Backpackers and long-term travellers can take this risk, but “normal” Nicaraguan travellers with stays of around two weeks should rather trust the best travel time. There is also the risk of hurricanes between July and October.

Climate Chart Nicaragua

Managua

Climate Chart Managua
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Nicaragua

In the following, you will find the climate table for Nicaragua, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Managua (Nicaragua)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°32°34°34°34°31°31°31°31°31°31°31°
Night Temperature20°21°22°23°23°23°23°22°22°22°21°20°
Precipitation (inch)0.350.20.120.315.128.825.675.358.4611.021.650.31
Rainy days100011131515151550
Hours of Sunshine999976567788
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Managua is 27.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (29.3 °C)
Coldest month: December (26.2 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 47.4 inch on 90 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, September, and October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 28.31 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Managua.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 9.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


Nicaragua is an ideal country for round trips and can also be easily travelled by rental car. Even among Central American experts, Nicaragua is still a kind of insider tip and far from mass tourism. Enjoy the colonial flair of León and Granada, marvel at the picturesque lagoons on the Pacific or go on a voyage of discovery through adventurous cloud forests.

Also the Isla de Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua should not be missing on your route and can be combined wonderfully with a climb of the active Masaya volcano. From the hot springs in Aguas Termales to extensive bird watching in the jungle to the enchanting beaches of Salinas Grandes, Nicaragua will captivate you. Longer tours can also be combined with Costa Rica and Panama!

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Managua
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Clouds: 24 %       Wind: 9 mph ONO
Air Pressure: 1010.88 hPa       Humidity: 71 %
Last updated: 20th Mar 2019, 11:00 am
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Nicaragua: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Nicaragua holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Julia, 27 years old was there in January

    The weather was a smooth 1. I was in Granada for 3 weeks and the sun was shining brightly throughout at 27-30 degrees. One day there was a two-minute drizzle.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Vojtek, 22 years old was there in February

    I was in the town of Diriamba. The temperature was between 30°C (during the day) and 21°C (at night). There was also very strong wind at night. Without rain, much sunshine

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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