I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Canada is a cold country. Yes, we have four seasons, but they aren’t exactly three months each. Some seasons start early and end late (*ahem* winter) and other seem to be in a tug-of-war with the seasons sandwiching it (i.e. summer *sigh*). So it isn’t often I travel to countries during their winter or rainy season, but Nicaragua called and the timing worked out so that the beginning of the rainy season was exactly when I could go. I knew that rainy seasons in Central America aren’t exactly the 24-hour showers that cool down the temps like we’re used to in Eastern Canada, so I crossed my fingers that some freak storm wasn’t headed Nicaragua-way and away I went.
What I found out was that rainshowers in Nicaragua might last all day, but the rain is light and the air stays warm. On the flip side, I’d wake up to some crazy, intense thundershowers that ended like a flash in the pan, before I finished making breakfast (no pun intended). So this wasn’t exactly what I had expected of the rainy season, and ultimately I can say I was pretty happy about the turn of events that brought me to Nica in the wettest time. The crowds were manageable – though this being a country that’s pretty firmly off the beaten path I imagine those crowds don’t reach Costa Rica levels – the weather was just balmy enough to satisfy my craving for summer, and the best part? Turns out that rainy season is pretty photogenic! We saw dark grey storm clouds get splashed orange by the setting sun, and watched a downpour descend in the middle of the Pacific while we sat on the beach, completely dry and happy. Only downside to rainy season? BUGS. And I mean bugs.
The place to catch the dramatic rainy season is at Playa Maderas, a beach located along the coastline north of San Juan Del Sur. The beach itself, anchored on the north end by shark fin rock (see photos), is known as one of the best surf spots in the area, and offers amazing sunsets. It’s a different vibe from San Juan Del Sur, a bit quieter and more focused on surfing, catching some sun (when it peeks through the clouds), eating some tacos and sipping on some cocktails. With the open, secluded views of the Pacific, you can while away the afternoon and let Mother Nature dazzle you with her dramatic skills. She’s ready for her spotlight.
Check out the dramatic skies we witnessed throughout our 10 days in Nicaragua.