Planning your Venezuela holiday:
When to visit Venezuela
We are often asked what the best time of year is to visit Venezuela. The short answer is that it doesn't much matter. Most areas enjoy good weather for large parts of the year, but others are more affected by Venezuela's rainier season.
Venezuela's drier season (usually October-April) is characterised by fine clear days with little rain and it is a good time to escape northern winters. The coastal areas usually have the finest weather. At its height there can be weeks without rain in the Llanos and the Gran Sabana, for example—though there is some chance of rain at any time, of course.
The wetter season (June-September) still has plenty of sun and is not very wet—the average rainfall is 40% less than in Florida at this time of year. It is Venezuela's season of abundance: landscapes are green and fresh and waterfalls are at their most spectacular, which compensates for the moderate chance of rain.
In rainforest regions the weather doesn't vary much, with some sunshine, occasional showers and cloudbursts, and high levels of humidity.
Temperatures are nearly constant all year with most areas in the 80s (27-32°C). It is cooler in the Andes, with the Mérida valley typically in the 70s (21-26°C) in the day, sometimes falling to a nippy 40°F (5°C) at night —and colder high in the mountains.
Where to find the sun at the beach
The offshore islands of Los Roques and Margarita enjoy a high probability of fine weather throughout the year.
The mainland coast has good weather in the dry season, and usually a mix of sun and cloud in the wetter season, with some sharp rain—usually at night.
Venezuela is well outside the Caribbean's hurricane zone, by the way.
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