Overview of the Weather in Honduras

Geography Makes a Difference

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Honduras weather is considered tropical on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, though the climate tends to be more temperate inland, especially in the mountains. The Bay Islands are still another story, with a subtropical climate.

The weather in Honduras is strikingly different depending on location. The north coast is hot and wets most of the year, rainy season or not. The rainy season is from May to October in this region, and it is seriously wet.

Rock slides, mudslides, and flooding are all possible, and those don't make for a fun vacation. Smart travelers avoid being there during this time and make plans to visit during the dry season, from November to April.

The Bay Islands' rainy season is from July through January, with it getting progressively wetter from October through January. The southern Pacific coast is dry a lot of time, but also hot. 

In fact, the entire country is hot most of the time. Average high temperatures range from about 82 degrees Fahrenheit in December and January to nearly 87 degrees in August. And it never gets very cool at night: Average lows in January and February hover around 71 degrees, with that temperature around 76 from May through August. In the mountains, you can expect the temperatures to be slightly lower, as well as on the Bay Islands. All this dependable warmth is what makes Honduras a prime wintertime destination for those in colder climates; wintertime is also the dry season, so it's the right time to travel to Honduras.

Hurricane season in the Caribbean is from June to November. Honduras and its Bay Islands lie a bit off the path of the hurricanes generally, but the country can feel the impact of the edges of hurricanes and tropical storms. 

Geography: Mountains, Coastline, and Islands

The Caribbean is on the north side of Honduras, with the Pacific Ocean touching just a small bit of coastline on the south.

It has 416 miles of coastline on the Caribbean coast, with lowlands running along the Pacific. Mountains run through the center of the country, with the highest mountain, Cerro Las Minas, topping out at 9,416 feet. The Bay Islands in the Caribbean are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a famous diver's paradise that stretches 600 miles from Mexico to Honduras. 

The Right Clothes to Take

You are not likely to ever be cold in Honduras unless you are in the mountains. It's always smart to take along a light jacket, sweater or wrap, just in case. But just a light one will suffice. Otherwise, take lightweight clothing made of cotton or linen or cotton/linen blends to stay comfortable in the Honduras heat. Take along an umbrella; a hooded, lightweight trench coat; or poncho; even in the dry season, you can catch a shower, especially on the north coast. Take cool and comfortable shoes -- sandals, tennis shoes and canvas espadrilles are good choices. And, of course, your favorite swimwear and cover-ups.