Best time to travel
Which time is best for you?
When considering the best time to visit Nicaragua, you should first decide what you want to do while you’re there. If your priority is surfing the best waves possible, you’ll want to go during the rainy season, when the waves are top notch. If you like to keep your feet on the ground on vacation, then you may want to experience all that is wonderful about Nicaragua during the dry season: the hiking, volcanoes, colonial architecture, and, of course, the breathtaking views!
Nicaragua by the Seasons
Any time of year is a great time to visit Nicaragua, but they definitely experience two distinct seasons – a rainy season and a dry season. Here’s a peek at what you can expect in each of the seasons:
• Dry Season (December – April): Nicaragua’s dry season is December through April. Much of the Pacific side of Nicaragua is made up of tropical dry forest. During the dry season, many of the trees lose their leaves and there are not as many flowers in bloom. However, you will experience clear blue sky and less humidity, which makes exploring the colonial cities or towering volcanoes a little easier and more comfortable.
• Rainy Season (May to November): Nicaragua’s rainy season is May through November. Most of the rain that falls during the rainy season falls in the evenings or at night so you will generally experience periods of sunny, blue skies during the daytime hours when you’re out exploring. September and October get the most rain, but this is when sea turtles are nesting and some of the remote beaches are host thousands of turtles during the nesting season.
How to Prepare
Wondering What to Pack for Your Nicaragua Adventure Vacation?
We all know how important it is to pack wisely for an adventure vacation. The right balance between bringing the items you need and packing light can be difficult to achieve. The tips below can help you get started.
1. What to bring for your inland activities.
Sturdy, supportive hiking boots are a necessity for exploring the rugged volcano chain that runs down the entire length of the pacific side of the country. Hiking poles are also a good idea since frequent showers can make the mountain trails slippery. Anytime you are hiking in the jungle, you definitely want to wear closed-toe shoes that provide good ankle support.
2. What to bring for your beach activities.
Obviously you’re going to want to have your favorite swimming suit or trunks with you when you arrive at the beach, but we recommend that you bring at least two. In the humid climate of Nicaragua, clothing takes longer to dry so it’s nice to have a dry suit or trunks to put on in the morning when the air still feels a little cooler.
3. Staying dry in the rainforest.
You’ll always want to have a light rain jacket or an umbrella with you when you’re out exploring, but another great way to stay dry is to leave your cotton clothing at home. Cotton materials soak up moisture and can take days to dry in a tropical climate. Try to stick with synthetic materials. Clothing made from acrylic or nylon is a great choice because these fabrics dry quickly if they get wet.
Travel Tips for Visiting Nicaragua
Nicaragua hasn’t been involved in ecotourism as long as it’s neighbor Costa Rica, but the Nicaraguan people are learning quickly and their reputation as an ecotourism destination has grown strong over the last few years.
If you’ve been dreaming about experiencing a tropical climate that’s still relatively undiscovered by other tourists, keep these simple tips in mind…
1. Many of us remember the days of political unrest in Nicaragua, but now it is considered one of the safest countries in Central America for tourists.
The political unrest of the 70’s and 80’s is a thing of the past. If you follow the basic rules of traveling in any country, you’ll feel safe in Nicaragua, you need to always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking in unpopulated areas at night, don’t carry large amounts of cash, and don’t leave your belongings unattended.
2. If you like to surf, Nicaragua has it all.
The best area for surfers of all abilities is the area around San Juan del Sur. This area has fantastic cuisine and charming places to stay.
3. Bring bug wipes.
There are fewer mosquitoes or other biting bugs than you might expect, but when you are in the jungle, it’s wise to wipe over exposed skin lightly with a bug- spray infused moist towelette. “Bug wipes” are much easier to travel with than traditional aerosols or pump spray bottles because you don’t have to worry about spills.