San José, Guatemala: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to San José, Guatemala? If you're planning to go to San José, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to San José, Guatemala

Based on the climate and weather in San José, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for San José, Guatemala by month

January

If you are traveling to San José in January, you will notice that it is hot and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

February

Traveling to San José in February, you will notice that it is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

March

If you are traveling to San José in March, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

April

If you vacation in San José during April, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

May

May in San José is sweltering and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Light dresses
  • Light shorts
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining

June

In June, San José is consistently hot and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C). This is also a rainy time for San José, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining

July

If you are traveling to San José in July, you will notice that it is really hot, extremely rainy and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain boots
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses

August

August in San José is really hot, extremely rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Skirts

September

September in San José is really hot, extremely rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts

October

If you are traveling to San José in October, you will notice that it can be very hot and very rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sandals
  • Rain boots
  • Dresses

November

In November, San José is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 60s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for San José, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts

December

In December, San José is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 60s F (high 10s C). This is also a rainy time for San José, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sandals

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for San José, Guatemala

Here are some general tips on what to wear in San José, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and B
  • A SIM card that works in San José

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