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Antigua is good to visit all year round, with November through March considered the best months. The weather is warm and spring-like (average temperature 25 C/83 F) and the evenings are mild for most of the year. Being 1500m above sea level, on even the sunniest days the air is still fresh and humidity is not an issue. Likewise, throughout the rainy season, which runs from May to October with the wettest months being September and October, the temperature change is hardly noticeable. Rain usually falls only in the afternoon, with occasional overnight thunder and lightening storms. Every year, around July, there is a two-week period of bright sunny rain-free weather which locals call the canicula. Unfortunately, no one knows when it will arrive so it’s impossible to plan for.

If you are in Antigua during Semana Santa (Holy Week) you will, without a doubt, witness some of the most spectacular Easter celebrations of all Latin America. This is when the town’s hotels and streets are full to bursting so you must plan ahead and be prepared to pay more for your digs. This also goes for July and August when the Spanish schools are at their busiest.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Antigua: Tour Operator Summary and Restaurant Summary.

By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

25 Aug 2009

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