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Cartagena de Indias climate: when to go to Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias has a typically tropical climate, warm all year round with minimal changes in seasonal temperatures. Seasonal differences will have only according to the quantity of rain that falls, and not according to the temperature.

Based on the rainfall we can distinguish two seasons, a hot and dry period between December and April, where practically almost never rains. In these five months the rainy days are, in fact, on total, only 8 days.  While, between May and November, Cartagena has the rainy season. This is a hot and humid season: in those months the rainy days are, on average 90. The wettest month of the year is October.

The amount of the annual precipitation falling in Cartagena de Indias is a little more than 1,000 mm, for a total of 98 days of rain. The hours of sunshine in this city of the Colombian Caribbean are more than 2,600 per year.

The average maximum temperature of Cartagena de Indias are all year around 30 ° C / 31 ° C, while the average minimum temperatures vary between 23 ° C and 25 ° C. The humidity is always very high and is stable at around 80% throughout the year. The winds blow especially in the late afternoon and when they do, they bring refreshment.

The sea water temperature in Cartagena de Indias varies between 27 ° C and 29 ° C.


The best time for a trip to Cartagena de Indias are the driest months between December and April.


Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 23,9 30,6 1,9  0
February 24,2 30,7 0,5  0
March 24,8 30,8 1,9  1
April 25,6 31,2 22  4
May 25,9 31,5 120,3  10
June 25,9 31,8 101,5  13
July 25,6 31,8 119,4  11
August 25,7 31,8 128,9  13
September 25,6 31,5 144,5  15
October 25,4 31,2 238,8  16
November 25,4 31,2 156,9  12
December 24,6 30,9 50,4  3
YEAR 25,2 31,2 1087  98

Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27
February 27
March 27
April 28
May 28
June 29
July 29
August 29
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28
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