The best times to visit Santa Marta for ideal weather are

December 3rd to May 13th

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

 

 


Other Santa Marta Travel Info

Weather in Santa Marta

Temperature

Average temperatures in Santa Marta vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 25th 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 Santa Marta, the hottest months are June, July, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 93.8°F (34.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.3°F (25.7°C) at night.

Santa Marta Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Santa Marta Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Santa Marta Perceived Temperature (F)

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Santa Marta Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Santa Marta 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 91.4 83.4 73.5
Feb 92.3 84.3 75.1
Mar 92.7 84.9 77.1
Apr 92.1 85.5 78.6
May 91.6 85.8 79.2
Jun 92.4 86 78.9
Jul 92.8 85.8 78.3
Aug 91.3 84.7 77.6
Sep 91.6 84.9 77.6
Oct 90.2 84 77.1
Nov 89.9 83.6 75.9
Dec 90.8 84 75.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 33 28.6 23.1
Feb 33.5 29.1 23.9
Mar 33.7 29.4 25.1
Apr 33.4 29.7 25.9
May 33.1 29.9 26.2
Jun 33.6 30 26.1
Jul 33.8 29.9 25.7
Aug 32.9 29.3 25.3
Sep 33.1 29.4 25.3
Oct 32.3 28.9 25.1
Nov 32.2 28.7 24.4
Dec 32.7 28.9 24.2

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Santa Marta 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 late October to early November with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.

When can you find snow in Santa Marta? 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 Santa Marta.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Santa Marta (in).

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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 2% 0 0.5
Apr 5% 0 2.4
May 8% 0 2.2
Jun 12% 0 2
Jul 12% 0 2.2
Aug 18% 0 2.7
Sep 13% 0 2.3
Oct 18% 0 5.5
Nov 13% 0 2.7
Dec 3% 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 2 0 1.3
Apr 5 0 6.1
May 8 0 5.6
Jun 12 0 5.1
Jul 12 0 5.6
Aug 18 0 6.9
Sep 13 0 5.8
Oct 18 0 14
Nov 13 0 6.9
Dec 3 0 1

 

Humidity and Wind

Santa Marta has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is February (60.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (71.4%).

Wind in Santa Marta is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 5.8 knots (6.6 MPH or 10.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early February where average top sustained speeds reach 13.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Santa Marta.

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Wind

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

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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 4.6 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Feb 5.6 Light breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Mar 5.8 Light breeze 12.4 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.9 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
May 4.1 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.6 Barely noticeable 9.1 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.9 Barely noticeable 9.5 Gentle breeze
Aug 3.6 Barely noticeable 9.7 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.9 Barely noticeable 9.2 Gentle breeze
Oct 4 Light breeze 9.5 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.4 Barely noticeable 8.9 Gentle breeze
Dec 4 Light breeze 9.8 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 61.7%
Feb 60.3%
Mar 61.2%
Apr 64.5%
May 67.1%
Jun 66.8%
Jul 65.7%
Aug 69.9%
Sep 69.8%
Oct 71.4%
Nov 70.9%
Dec 65.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Santa Marta?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Colombia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 05, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Santa Marta, Colombia is December, followed by June and July. 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 Santa Marta in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 37.7 in March means 37.7% of the tourists vs. December.

 

 

Overall Santa Marta Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 93.2°F (34°C) and 90.8°F (32.7°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Santa Marta, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 92°F (33.3°C) and 89°F (31.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 6 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 Santa Marta to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 92.9°F (33.8°C) and 90.1°F (32.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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