5 Secrets about the Green Season in Nicaragua that all Locals Know (But Never Talk About)

photo credit // Debbie Bruin at Together Tours

photo credit // Debbie Bruin at Together Tours

Nicaragua’s climate is defined by two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.

The driest months run from December to May and there is little or no rain. The season is known locally as verano (summer) and it’s reliably sunny and hot.

The rainy season is invierno (winter) or “green season” and spans between June and November. The rains tend to be heaviest in September and October, which is when most tourists avoid travel to the region.

But what most people don’t know is that there are a ton of compelling reasons to plant yourself in Nicaragua between September and November.

Here are 5 secrets about the Green season in Nicaragua that all locals know (but never talk about):

1) Lush Green Jungle – Everything grows in the green season. From the trees lining the coastal headlands to the flowering pitaya cactus flowers, it’s a time of blossoming and re-birth. Nature is dramatically more colorful during these months.

2) Unoccupied Beaches and Empty Waves – Nicaragua isn’t exactly known for crowded beaches, but these days it’s a rarity to find yourself alone on a picturesque beach without other tourists or surfers (unless you’ve managed to time it right).  Since visitor numbers are down over the green season, you’re likely to get the romantic privacy you’re dreaming about. Surfer’s can expect slightly smaller waves, but won’t have to compete so it’s also a good time for beginners.

photo credit // Debbie Bruin at Together Tours

photo credit // Debbie Bruin at Together Tours

3) “Green Season Prices” – It’s actually an official term in the tourism business here. Some hotels and vacation rentals discount their prices as much as 50% to 75% during low season travel months. If you’re looking for a budget friendly vacation, be sure to time your trip to avoid the summer months and major holidays.

4) Midday Showers and Evening Thunder Storms – The biggest misconception about the green season in Nicaragua is that it rains all day ruling out activities such as beach trips, surfing and sailing excursions. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most days get nothing more than a 15-minute rain shower and a thunderstorm at night, which comfortably cools down the air. The actual temperate doesn’t vary much making it ideal conditions for ocean activities.

5) Dramatic Sunsets – If the last 4 reasons weren’t enough to convince you to book a plane ticket, then the sensational green season sunsets should. The clouds painting the sky over this period reflect spectacular color blends and patterns as the sun falls towards the horizon.   The sky often gifts rainbows as well.

So what do you think? Are you ready to travel?

Don’t get scared off by a few raindrops. Nicaragua’s natural beauty shines during green season.

And if you do end up getting stuck in a storm, just do what the locals do: Pull up a rocking chair, order a beer or a freshly squeezed fruit juice and wait for the sunshine to shine.

It won’t take long.

Our Free Coupon Book gives you amazing deals on places to eat, drink and have fun in San Juan del Sur – whatever the season. Don’t miss out on the savings. Download it here.

5 Choice Granada Hotels

I’m a beach person.

I’m crazy about the surf in San Juan del Sur which is why I’ve lived here since 2007.

But I do enjoy sneaking away to the nearby colonial city of Granada on occasion because of its diverse selection of restaurants, art galleries, buzzing night life and close proximity to Laguna de Apoyo – a precious Volcanic crater lake.

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The Casa Llanta Fund: Hear their voices, see their faces

photo credit // Jessica Gildersleeve

photo credit // Jessica Gildersleeve

For many, San Juan del Sur is all about the beach experience – with surfing, fishing and sailing as the main attractions.  Others are drawn to the undeveloped landscape and jungles.  And some find that the easy going lifestyle is a reminder to slow down and refocus on the substance of life that really matters.  The substance that prioritizes relationships and community service over quarterly reports and deadlines. [Read more…]

On waiting for permission.

photo credit // Jessica GildersleeveIf you are waiting for somebody to give you permission to move to Nicaragua, then it may never happen.  If the change that you want to experience in your life is contingent on somebody else, than there may be no end to your waiting. Nobody is going to give you permission.  

And by the way, you don’t need their permission anyway.  Your life is your own and you can just do it. 

There will never be a perfect time to quit your job or move your family.  You will also never get to the end of your to-do list. 

The time to manifest your future is now.  Or never.

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A Tropical Concierge Mid-week Vacation to the Emerald Coast

IMG_3762 (1)When Kenny, owner and founder of Tropical Concierge called me on Tuesday asking if I wanted to go on a road-trip to the Emerald Coast to surf and play golf, my response was, “when?”  To which he answered, “tomorrow”.  That was all the convincing I needed.  I felt like it would be foolish to pass up an opportunity for a mid-week vacation with one of the best chef and surf-instructors in San Juan del Sur.  

Early the next morning I loaded my truck with all the necessary Nicaraguan road-trip essentials; surfboard, handcrafted nylon string guitar from Volcan Music, swim gear, flip-flops, sunscreen and an empty cooler which we’d obviously fill up at Maxi Pali in Rivas on the way out of town.  

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A chunk of that money is spent on accommodation which is why we are highlighting properties that hold the promise for great rental returns.  They’re all located in areas popular with tourists and many are already producing an income and generating a return on investment. If you’re in the market for a rental property you should definitely check these out: [Read more…]

An epic sailing adventure on a “pirate ship” that should be on your bucket list

Sail Nicaragua | photo credit : Two Guys Adventures

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The vessel’s beautifully restored wooden deck, spiral staircase, hand carved rum-shot-sword and giant pirate flag make it easy to see why so many visiting sailors embrace the pirate fantasy on the cruise up Nicaragua’s Pacific coast with Two Guys Adventures. [Read more…]

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