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Best Time to Visit El Salvador in 2024 for Beaches, Hiking, Surfing. El Salvador Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit El Salvador

  • Optimal: November to February (dry season, comfortable temperatures).
  • For beaches and surfing: May to October offers consistent waves, but be prepared for rainy afternoons.
  • For hiking: November to February, when the weather is cooler and the views are clearer.

Geography facts

  • Location: Central America, bordered by Honduras, Guatemala, and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Area: 21,041 km².
  • Landscape: Volcanic mountain range, coastal plains, and tropical forests. Highest point: El Pital at 2,730 meters.

El Salvador is known for its stunning natural landscapes, ranging from the serene beaches along the Pacific coast to its imposing volcanic peaks. The country’s compact size allows for easy travel between its diverse regions, making it an ideal destination for adventurers and beachgoers alike.

Climate

  • Coastal areas: Tropical climate (hot and humid year-round).
  • Inland and higher elevations: More temperate and cooler, especially during the dry season.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Ideal for starting the new year with outdoor adventures.
  • Temperature: 25°C (77°F) during the day, dropping to 18°C (64°F) at night.
  • Precipitation: Minimal, making it perfect for hiking and beach visits.
  • Sea temperature: About 28°C (82°F), excellent for swimming and surfing.

February

  • Dry and pleasant weather continues.
  • Temperature: Daytime highs of around 26°C (79°F), night lows of 18°C (64°F).
  • Great time for visiting national parks and surfing.
El Salvador cloudy weather (c) mavink.com

March

  • Beginning of the warmer season.
  • Temperature: Reaches up to 28°C (82°F) during the day.
  • Humidity starts to increase, but still comfortable for outdoor activities.

April

  • Hot and dry, the peak of the dry season.
  • Temperature: Can soar to 30°C (86°F) in many parts of the country.
  • Ideal for coastal exploration and enjoying the vibrant beach life.

May

  • Start of the rainy season, with showers typically in the afternoon.
  • Temperature: Daytime averages of 29°C (84°F), with refreshing rain cooling the evenings.
  • Sea temperature remains warm, perfect for surfing with the onset of the rainy season waves.

June

  • Rainy season in full swing, with lush landscapes and powerful surf.
  • Temperature: Maintains a comfortable 27°C (81°F) during the day.
  • Afternoon showers bring life to the countryside, ideal for nature photography.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Intermittent rains, a brief respite known as “veranillo” (little summer).
  • Temperature: Averages around 27°C (81°F), with reduced rainfall.
  • Explore the Mayan ruins or venture into the coffee plantations during this clearer period.

August

  • Rainy season continues, but adventures still abound.
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures hover around 28°C (82°F).
  • Experience the vibrant greenery of El Salvador’s forests and national parks.

September

  • Peak of the rainy season, but don’t let that dampen your spirits.
  • Temperature: Slightly cooler, around 27°C (81°F) during the day.
  • Surfers can enjoy the consistent swells that accompany the rainy season.

October

  • Last month of the rainy season, with significant surf conditions.
  • Temperature: Remains warm, around 27°C (81°F) during the day.
  • Rainfall begins to decrease, making way for outdoor activities and beach trips.

November

  • Dry season begins, marking the best time to explore El Salvador.
  • Temperature: Pleasant, with daytime averages of 26°C (79°F).
  • Clear skies and cooler nights make it perfect for hiking and enjoying the early dry season beaches.
San Andrés, El Salvador (c) intertours.com.sv

December

  • Dry, cool, and festive, a wonderful time for holiday visitors.
  • Temperature: Day averages of 25°C (77°F), with cooler evenings.
  • Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve with local traditions and clear, starry nights.

Whether you’re drawn to the surf-ready waves of the Pacific, the rich history and culture of its people, or the breathtaking hikes through volcanic landscapes, El Salvador offers a year-round adventure with its diverse climates and landscapes.

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