The best times to visit El Ocotal for ideal weather are

November 26th to April 29th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other El Ocotal Travel Info

Weather in El Ocotal


Average temperatures in El Ocotal vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 15th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit El Ocotal, the hottest months are April, March, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid April where highs are regularly around 97.1°F (36.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.8°F (22.1°C) at night.

El Ocotal Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


El Ocotal Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

El Ocotal Perceived Temperature (F)


El Ocotal Perceived Temperature (C)



Average El Ocotal Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 92.1 84 70
Feb 94 85.3 70
Mar 95.3 86.3 70.4
Apr 96.6 87.5 72.4
May 93.6 84.9 73.6
Jun 90.6 82.8 73.8
Jul 91.2 83.3 73.5
Aug 91.4 82.9 73
Sep 89.8 81.3 72.7
Oct 88.1 80.3 72.6
Nov 89.1 81.4 70.6
Dec 91 82.8 69.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 33.4 28.9 21.1
Feb 34.4 29.6 21.1
Mar 35.2 30.2 21.3
Apr 35.9 30.8 22.4
May 34.2 29.4 23.1
Jun 32.6 28.2 23.2
Jul 32.9 28.5 23.1
Aug 33 28.3 22.8
Sep 32.1 27.4 22.6
Oct 31.2 26.8 22.6
Nov 31.7 27.4 21.4
Dec 32.8 28.2 20.8



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in El Ocotal are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late September with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of September 17th.

When can you find snow in El Ocotal? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in El Ocotal.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in El Ocotal (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 0% 0 0
Feb 0% 0 0
Mar 0% 0 0
Apr 4% 0 1.5
May 26% 0 11.2
Jun 36% 0 9.8
Jul 28% 0 6.7
Aug 34% 0 8.9
Sep 50% 0 13.3
Oct 46% 0 12
Nov 16% 0 2.9
Dec 2% 0 0.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0
Apr 4 0 3.8
May 26 0 28.4
Jun 36 0 24.9
Jul 28 0 17
Aug 34 0 22.6
Sep 50 0 33.8
Oct 46 0 30.5
Nov 16 0 7.4
Dec 2 0 1


Humidity and Wind

El Ocotal has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is March (36.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (75.3%).

Wind in El Ocotal is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by March and February. January’s average wind speed of around 12.7 knots (14.6 MPH or 23.5 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 19.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in El Ocotal.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 12.7 Significant breeze 18.6 Strong breeze
Feb 12.3 Significant breeze 18.6 Strong breeze
Mar 12.6 Significant breeze 19 Strong breeze
Apr 9.4 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
May 7.1 Gentle breeze 13.7 Strong breeze
Jun 5.8 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Jul 7.3 Gentle breeze 13.3 Strong breeze
Aug 5.9 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Sep 4.7 Light breeze 10.5 Strong breeze
Oct 4.6 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Nov 5.9 Light breeze 11.4 Strong breeze
Dec 8.8 Gentle breeze 15 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 43%
Feb 39.2%
Mar 36.6%
Apr 40.8%
May 57%
Jun 68.1%
Jul 63.5%
Aug 66.4%
Sep 72.7%
Oct 75.3%
Nov 64.1%
Dec 51.5%


Is it Safe to Travel to El Ocotal?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are travel warnings for Costa Rica; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Nov 14, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in El Ocotal, Costa Rica is May, followed by December and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit El Ocotal in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 28.8 in October means 28.8% of the tourists vs. May.



Overall El Ocotal Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 97.1°F (36.2°C) and 89.6°F (32°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 9 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in El Ocotal, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 90.2°F (32.3°C) and 86.3°F (30.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 5 to 15 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in El Ocotal to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 94.6°F (34.8°C) and 90.5°F (32.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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