The ‘dry season’ in Nicaragua starts in November and ends when the rains begin to fall in late May. The driest months are March and April and temperatures range from 85 to 90 degrees (28 – 30ºC).
We’re in the middle of the dry season here in San Juan del Sur and as we like being timely, we thought we’d set out the top 10 highlights of the season.
1. Calling all snowbirds
The dry season in Nicaragua coincides with winter in the US, Canada and Europe. If you’re tired of ice and freezing temperatures, book your plane ticket to Nicaragua and soak up the heat. The dry season guarantees your fill of warm weather and sunshine.
2. Less mosquitos
Although Nicaragua’s 300-day-a-year offshore winds keep the mosquitoes in San Juan del Sur to a minimum, they are virtually non-existent in the dry season. The dry desert-like air is not a breeding ground for insects so there’s no need for bug spray in the dry season.
3. Water clarity
It’s time to get out your mask and snorkel. The rivers that run into the ocean during the rainy season run dry this time of year dramatically improving the water clarity. Dry season months are great for snorkeling and spear fishing.
4. Better views
When the rains stop and the trees lose their leaves, the ocean views from many vacation rentals and hotels improve. It is also much easier to spot wildlife such as monkeys and tropical birds without the coverage of the greenery.
Pack the s’mores and grab your guitar. Bonfires on the beach at night in San Juan del Sur are a highlight of the season. There is plenty of dry beach wood to collect and bonfires are legal in Nicaragua. Try booking a room at Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel and they will even build it for you.
6. Surf’s Up
April to June bring the biggest swells to Nicaragua’s Pacific coastline. The summer months usually deliver the biggest and most consistent surf of the year. It’s the perfect time to become a better surfer.
Yes, we know we identified this as one of our top 10 reasons for liking the green season, but we’re using it again. The dust and haze of the dry season transforms the sky to shades of purple and red that are unique to the summer months.
8. Unadulterated outdoor time
No need to pack a rain jacket or worry about keeping your smartphone dry. There’s no threat from the sky this time of year. You can enjoy the sun and the heat without worrying about the possibility of showers.
What’s your favorite reason to enjoy the dry season in Nicaragua?