Nicaragua Weather, climate and geography
The climate in Nicaragua differs according to region, so the best time to go varies. The climate is tropical for most of the country and so hot all year round, with temperatures of around 27ºC (81ºF) all year round. In the lower lying areas temperatures range from 22ºC (72ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF), whilst in the mountains it will be cooler; generally hovering between 12ºC (53ºF) and 20ºC (68ºF).
Most tourists visit during the dry season, which runs from December to May. The rainy season is from June to November and the on the Pacific side the rainy season runs from May to November. The climate on the Atlantic northwestern side can be very temperamental and generally receiving the highest volumes of rainfall in the country.
The peak time for visiting Nicaragua is from December to March, so those wishing to avoid the crowds may want to consider travelling during the shoulder season months of May and November.
Lightweight cottons and linens are required throughout the year – bring shorts, t-shirts, and beach wear if you’ll be visiting the coast. Waterproofs are advisable during the rainy season. Warmer clothes are advised for the northern mountains; think woolly knits and layers that allow you to wrap up warm as the temperature drops.