The best time to travel to Central America
is generally during the dry season between December and April. The region is pleasant year-round, even during the wet season from June and November as rain showers are brief, but the humidity can be an issue. Depending on where your destination is, September and October have the biggest showers, so be sure to avoid these months. The upside in the wet season is that everything is a lot greener, offering fantastic photo opportunities. Additionally, lodging prices will be lower and there will be fewer crowds because this is the off-season.
At a Glance:
Dry Season: December-April
Wet Season: June-November (avoid September-October)
High Tourism Season: November-April
Low Tourism Season: June-October
Best Cruise Season: February-Mid-April
The dry season in Belize is prime for snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and discovering Mayan ruins. Other highlights of the season include the December holiday events, carnival, and Easter celebrations- where the people of the country throw celebrations that blend the multicultural ideas of Belize with traditional roots.
While the dry season in Costa Rica is ideal for enjoying the county’s sun-drenched beaches, the rainy season between May through August and November to early December (avoiding September and October) are great times of year to explore the jungle. The dry season can get hot, causing the canopy to lose its luster and the waters of the rivers and lagoons to recede. If visiting before or after the heat, when the rains come for a few hours a day at the most, the waterways rise, the waterfalls are at their peak, and the wildlife is more active.
March, April, November, and December are shoulder seasons in Guatemala, when crowds are low, the weather is good and despite the rain for parts of the day, the skies turn blue and the sun comes out. Despite being the dry season, the coast and the rainforest will have showers year-round and the mountains and highlands still get cool at night when the sun goes down.
Mexico is a year-round destination that beckons to those who want to escape the cold winters in other regions of the world. The country has two seasons, the wet season between May and October, and the dry season between November and April. If you are planning on going to the coast, bear in mind that hurricane season is between June and October- so be sure to check an up-to-date weather report for updates about that.
Early in the dry season, between November and May, is when the rains have stopped in Nicaragua and the beaches are sunny and the rainforests are green. Visiting at the beginning of the end of the season helps to avoid the tourist jams and brings fresh air to both the landscape and the destinations. Locals gear up before the travel rush and have time to relax after the busy summer months and enjoy the time with those who make the journey.
The dry season is the busiest time in Panama for tourism as it is when the least rain falls and the warm weather and ease of travel draw people from colder climates. The wet season is also a draw to those wanting fewer crowds, as showers only last a few hours at the most, and the country’s wildlife reserves, national parks, and rainforests come to life with lush landscapes.
For more information about exploring Central America
by land and sea, contact one of our travel experts at Adventure Life