When to go

The most popular time to visit is in the dry season from mid-December to mid-April. Temperatures vary little throughout the country ranging year-round temperatures from 30-32°C (85-90°F) in the day dropping to 21-22°C (70-72°F) at night. Above 500 m, temperatures fall, making the highland towns attractive spots to cool off.

Rainfall, however, varies greatly. The Caribbean side of the central Cordillera is soaked with around 4000 mm annually. On the Pacific slope, it is much lighter with an average of 1700 mm. Both areas have pronounced seasonal variations. Rainfall begins to taper off sometime in December for the dry season. At this time rainfall on the Pacific side is scarce, or absent altogether, though on the Atlantic side you can expect a downpour 365 days a year. Even in the rainy season, however, the downpours, though heavy, usually last only an hour or two, and almost always come in mid-afternoon.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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