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Best Times to Visit Cartagena

The best time to visit Cartagena is December to April. The city's tropical climate means that, although temperatures tend to stay around the mid-80s year-round, the amount of precipitation each season varies wildly. The dry season, December to April, coincides with Cartagena's summer and is also when the city welcomes the most visitors. Fighting the throngs of tourists turns out to be worthwhile though, as the winter seasons brings near-constant precipitation, accompanied by overbearing humidity, which makes it difficult to take advantage of the outdoors.

Weather in Cartagena

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-April 

Summer in Cartagena means sun-soaked colorful streets and daytime temperatures in the upper 80s, while the nights drop to the upper 70s. Rainy days are scarce during this period, though a few days of rain can sneak in near the beginning of December and the end of April. This steady weather means that travelers can make the most of the city's outdoor attractions.

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May-November 

Rainy season in Cartagena hardly changes the city's temperatures, so visitors should still dress for warm weather. Just be sure to pack an umbrella. Rainfall steadily increases until around October, which averages 16 days of precipitation, then rapidly decreases as December approaches. While the crowds are more manageable in Cartagena's winter season, travelers will likely be stuck indoors for at least a few days during their visits.

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