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Best Times to Visit Roatan Honduras

Carnival Legend in Roatan
Carnival Legend docked in Roatán; credit: Wikimedia
The best time to visit Roatán for dry weather is during the late winter and early spring. This time also is popular with cruise vacationers to the western Caribbean.

With a new cruise ship terminal, a new professional golf course at Pristine Bay and aggressive marketing of Roatán as a top ecotourism destination in this part of Central America, Honduras is poised to make a steady comeback from the hurricanes that have ravaged its shores.

However, for travellers looking to visit, when are the best times to go?

Average Temperatures

The average high temperature for this cruise destination ranges from the low 80s Fahrenheit during the winter to the mid 80s in the summer. Average low temperatures range from the mid 70s Fahrenheit in the winter to around 80 in the summer.

Like most Central American countries, average temperatures in Honduras do not change dramatically from season to season.

However, temperatures are sharply dependent on elevation.

For instance, the mountainous interior ranges from 17°C to 20°C, and is a little warmer in the dry season. Tegucigalpa, at 975 meters, has a temperate climate, with temperatures between 25°C and 30°C during the day in the dry season.

The coastal lowlands on the Pacific and Caribbean sides are warmer and more humid year-round. Their temperatures range from 28°C to 32°C in the dry season; they're about 3°C cooler (and thus more comfortable) in the rainy season.

Wet and Dry Season

Like most tropical countries, Honduras experiences a rainy season and a dry season, known locally as invierno (winter) and verano (summer), respectively.

In general, the rainy season in runs from May to November in the interior and from September to January along the north coast.

During the wet season, heavy rains can cause flooding in the lowlands and mudslides in the mountains, causing serious damage which may impede travel. Similar to the Caribbean, hurricane season runs from August to November; though direct hits are uncommon, they can cause severe damage when they occur. As such, visitors should take evacuation orders very seriously.

In the interior, especially the west and south, the rainy season runs roughly from May to November. Rains usually come in the afternoon and last an hour or so. On the north coast and Bay Islands, the rainy season is later, around September to December, with nortes (‘northerners' cool storms from the north) possible into February.

Hurricanes are most likely from September to October, though they rarely hit Honduras directly. However, even a far-off hurricane can send heavy rain Honduras' way and can cause flooding or minor mudslides.

When To Go

The dry season along the Caribbean coast lasts from February to June, which is generally the best time to visit, with the coolest time of the year being the months from November to February.

Travel is easier during the dry season, especially for scuba diving and trips. On the other hand, the forests and countryside are lusher during the rainy season.

Furthermore, when the rains come they are usually in short bursts, heaviest between August and December.

February and March are good months to visit because the weather is fairly stable across the country. During this period, the trails and roads begin to dry out but the trees and underbrush are still full and green. Apart from the lushness, the air is also fresh, and it is a nice contrast to the parched conditions you may see in March and April.

Tourist Season

December through April is the major tourist season in Honduras as northerners flee the frigid temperatures. As such, lodgings quickly fill up, so reservations are always advisable. Indeed, they are a must during Christmas and Easter weeks, when Hondurans are apt to be traveling and competing for available hotel space.

The country experiences a second, shorter high season during July and August, prime North American and European vacation time.

The Holidays

Christmas Week is a popular time to travel to Central America to see religious ceremonies, etc. Easter Week is also when many North Americans have their vacations. Keep these two things in mind, if you are planning to go during the holiday season, everyone with a job in Honduras takes this week off. As such, certain places maybe closed.

Truly, Honduras has no bad time to visit. Generally, most people visit during the dry season with a few others opting to travel during the rainy period. Still, if we had to pick one no-go month, it might be October, when the entire country can be deluged with rain.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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April 13, 2018
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