High and Low Seasons

Nicaragua, like nearly every other tourist destination, has high and low seasons. Its tropical climate offers two contrasting rainy and dry seasons but with little variation in average temperatures (coolest is July (81.5F/27.5C) and the warmest is March (90F/32C)). There are also mini seasons within seasons with brief periods of rain, wind and sun.

With the rainy season (low) at its wettest from September and October, we expect lower occupancy during this time. The high (and dry) season, starts in November and runs through March. The region is at its hottest from June through August but as it’s still dry and summer vacation time for families in the northern hemisphere, many vacationers find their way to Nicaragua during this time.

A couple of recent articles have discussed the blurring between high and low seasons.

The difference between Nicaragua’s traditional “high season” and “low season” for tourism is becoming increasingly irrelevant due to factors such as special group events, international conferences and airline promotions, according to the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR).

“I would say there’s no real difference anymore, and the hotel occupancy rates show it,” says Zenayda Laguna, executive director of CANATUR. “We don’t know when it’s high season or low season anymore.”

(Source The Nicaragua Dispatch, As Nicaragua’s tourism grows, seasons blur, June 12, 2012)

A related article is here:
http://emergingterrains.com/investmentnews/nicaragua/strong-off-season-occupancy-rates-for-nicaragua/

The proliferation of significant religious and other festivals from September through Easter adds to desirability to visit during this time of year.

Our occupancy goal during the high season is 60-70%. With higher occupancy, the island may feel too crowded and experience premature wear and tear, weary staff, and overly taxed power and water capability. If we find ourselves to be more successful than anticipated, simply raising and fine tuning our rates should bring us to a more sustainable level while increasing revenue. It would be a nice problem to have.

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