Climate and Weather

Salinas and around is located in a semi-arid zone. It has a wet season and a dry season, or – better said- a sunny season and an overcast season.

The wet season lasts from December through June. During these months, the most rain falls, but there is not much rain: 5-6 inches of rain on average per year. The sun shines almost every day during the wet season. The temperatures are high, but for most people not too crazy. It rarely gets over 30°C (85°F). Cool breezes from the ocean provide cooling. It can be humid during the wet season, but for most people, the humidity is acceptable. Be aware of the sun during the wet season. Sunburns can occur quickly.

The dry season lasts from July through November. During this season, most days have overcast skies. The sun will peek out from time to time, but sometimes the sky is gray for weeks. Clouds are less thick than in places north of the region, like Montañita or Olón. The temperatures are a bit lower in the dry season, between 20°C (68°F) and 24°C (75°F) degrees during the day, but it’s not getting cold. A temperature less than 16°C (60°F) degrees is unusual. El Niño or La Niña do influence the weather. In El Niño and La Niña years, the dry season may start in May instead of June.

Many expats appreciate the lower temperatures during the dry season. If you cannot be without the sun, you may visit or move to Playas, which has about 320 sunny days per year. Another more sunny option is the Manta and Around area.