Best time of year to travel to Central America with kids?

Central America (specifically Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize) offers a range of experiences and destinations that make for a perfect family vacation. I love the combination of jungle adventure, wildlife and beach that these Central American countries offer.

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As families sit down to plan for the year ahead, I’m often asked, “what is the best time of year to travel to Central America?”

Here is what you need to know about the best time of year to travel to Central America with kids.

Peak Season for Central America travel

Peak season for Central America travel is over the holidays (late December/ early January) and Spring Break (mid March – mid April). This is pretty much entirely driven by when families have the time to travel. If you want to do a Christmas or Spring Break tip, the best time to plan is April/May the year before. Many of the best properties are small and do book up fast.

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Weather in Central America

January – June is a great time for Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Northern Costa Rica and Nicaragua will be hot and dry in March and April. This region is actually quite arid compared to the lush rainforest further south, and in March the leaves actually drop their leaves.
June and into early July is one of the best time of year to travel to Central America with kids because the ocean water is really warm and things are starting to turn green again. Getting into late June you can expect a little rain every afternoon. This is not a big deal in my opinion, my family traveled around Central America a few years ago for the whole of June and July and loved it, here’s my specific look at traveling to Central America during the rainy season.
Belize is similar to Mexico’s Riviera Maya (Cancun, etc) and is generally great year round, it’s the Caribbean water which is always lovely.
August, September and October are going to be the wettest months and also hurricane season. While most days will be lovely, there is always a risk of some severe weather during these months.┬áSo Central America is not really ideal for a fall break or Thanksgiving trip (though November is Lobster season in Belize so there’s that!).
Finally, early December is a hidden gem of a time to travel – before the holidays rush but after hurricane season. If you can get away before the holidays, the second week of December is a great option!

The best time of year to travel to Central America with kids is…

If I had to pick the best month to travel to Central America with kids it would be early June, right after school lets out, and this could be planned 6 months in advance with no problems. Weather is lovely during this time of year, and most importantly the ocean water will be really warm! My kids loved splashing in the warm waves for hours and hours!

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