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'rainy season' in CA

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1. Posted by lostbunny (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

I'm planning on being in Central America from end of September - December or so. Traveling through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. I want to stay on the Bay Islands for a little while, but that wouldn't be until the wetter season ... in December or so. Has anyone stayed here during this time and did the rain really make a dent in your travels, and did it poorly affect diving and snorkeling?

Thanks

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Quoting lostbunny

I want to stay on the Bay Islands for a little while, but that wouldn't be until the wetter season ... in December or so. Thanks

The wet season is actually from June to November, if I am correct, so December will be fine.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Sorry Utrecht, unless there are two rainy seasons here, December is the rainy season in the Bay Islands.

Now then, Bunny. I wish I could tell you that the rain won't *ahem* dampen your plans, but it very well may. It can do it even before you actually arrive on an island. On Utila, for instance, the Utila Princess II (known locally as the Vomit Comet, but that's another answer) won't run in really rough weather, which often comes with the rain. This means you can get stuck in Ceiba until they show up....As there is less and less to do in Ceiba (It really is a damned shame about that town) it can be boring.

When you get to the island, heavy rain means the dive boats won't run. And the water can be quite cloudy for days after a heavy rain...And it can rain for a number of days at a time. So there is that.

And then, same problem when you are leaving, The Comet sometimes doesn't leave when it's raining, so you could possibly be stuck for a few days. Tough if you're trying to make a connection

Now, that's somewhat of a "worse case" but it's possible. You would do well to factor these issues into your plans. But I don't want to be a doom crier. It could very well be lovely for the entire time you are here.

Have a great trip
GLOT
D

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

Sorry Utrecht, unless there are two rainy seasons here, December is the rainy season in the Bay Islands.
D

Learned something new again D;)
Checked things again, and there are some huge regional differences. Would't have expected that.
Cheers
M

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

No sweat, Ut. I, too, find it fascinating that such a short distance can bring a completely different weather pattern. Belize, for instance, prides themself on being just out of the hurricane zone, so they seldom get hit. I don't know why that is.

D

6. Posted by stupidn00b (Budding Member 47 posts) 6y

I know what you mean. I was surprised when I stayed in Rio de Janeiro in early July and it was warm enough to walk around with just a shirt on. There were even people down on the beach. Then I jumped on a bus and went 6 hours down the road to Sao Paulo and it was absolutely freezing.

7. Posted by lostbunny (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

Hm- thanks a lot for the honest info. Vomit Comit eh? Anyways- I'm still visiting CA, but still questioning whether I want to go there first, or do my entire trip backwards, and end in CA. I guess the best time to go would be between rainy seasons... whats that um... May to September?