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When to visit Central America

by SmarterTravel Staff

Though each of the countries in Central America has a unique high and low season, all the countries follow a similar pattern of attracting the most visitors either during the winter months, school vacations, holidays, or some combination of the three. While regional temperatures stay pleasant year-round, visitors should factor in rainy seasons (usually in late summer or early fall), and along the Caribbean seaboard, hurricane season.

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  • high season: November to April, June to August
  • low season: May, September to October

Easter and Christmas are also peak times.

Weather Information

Central America generally has a warm, tropical climate. In most areas, temperatures fall between 60 and 90 degrees year-round. Higher elevations tend to experience colder temperatures. Land along the Caribbean Sea is susceptible to hurricanes during the June to November season, primarily during October and November. Most countries in Central America experience a rainy season during summer or fall.

Crowd Information

Crowds are an issue during the winter months, school vacation periods, and holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

Closure Information

Tourism services and venues remain open year-round. However, some hotels may shut down or offer a limited number of rooms while making renovations during the low season.

When to Save

During low seasons, travel providers sometimes offer discounts or sale rates. For some destinations, spring offers lower rates, pleasant weather, and smaller crowds.

When to Book

Book according to the season and relative popularity of the destination. Book in-demand destinations during high season up to six months in advance. For low season or in less crowded areas, it may be possible to book one month in advance or at the last-minute.

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