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What is the climate of Galapagos?

The principle regulator of the climate of the Galapagos is the temperature of the ocean surface and ocean currents, creating microclimates on the islands influencing the particular flora and fauna habitats found on each island. The Galapagos Islands have a sub-tropical climate with two seasons the rainy season and the dry season.

The rainy season begins in November and runs until June. Unlike the name suggests the weather is typically warm and sunny. The water temperatures reach a comfortable 75º F (24º C), and occasional tropical rainstorms can occur. March and April are generally considered the best months for visiting the islands. When the weather is warm, the winds are light, the sea is calm, and the birds are nesting.

After April the weather becomes cooler. July to November marks the dry season. Temperatures become cooler and the skies cloudier although it seldom rains.

Water temperatures drop to 70º F (21ºC) or below and the winds can make the water choppy. A sweater or jacket may be necessary on cloudy days and at night.

August and September tend to be considered the "worst" months to visit when there is little sun, it can be quite cold, and the water the roughest.

November is the best month to visit during the dry season as the crowds are at their lowest and the weather is getting progressively better.

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