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Costa Rica weather is idyllic, but when people travel with vacation packages that include different Costa Rica destinations, is better if they are aware that the climate of each one of those places can be very different.
The best time for your Costa Rica vacations…
Most of the vacation tours and top tourist attractions of the country can be enjoyed year-round, but the best time for your next Costa Rica travel depends on what would you like to do here.
Even when there are less travel deals, weather in December and January is perfect so those two months are ideal to visit Costa Rica. Trees are still green from the rains so you will enjoy beautiful landscapes on your canopy tours and rivers have a moderate flow so the white water rafting tours will be amazing.
Also, weather in September and October is perfect for surfers, as the Pacific coast sees better swells and bigger waves in those months. But don’t worry; just one month later and until May, is the best time for surfing in the Caribbean coast.
But people looking for the experience of Costa Rica’s wildlife will have to come depending on what they want to see. Weather in August and September is ideal for green turtle arrives; while weather from November to April will allow you to see the beautiful Quetzal and some other species of migratory birds.
The reason of the varied Costa Rica microclimates is that the country is between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. But no matter where you are, the sun will rise around 5:30 am and will set around 5:30 pm, giving you 12 hours of sunlight to spend traveling.
Also, there are only two defined seasons in Costa Rica: dry season (called “verano” or high season) and rainy season (called “invierno” or green season). The dry season goes from December to April and the rainy season goes from May to November, with September and October being the wettest.
Annual Rainfall for Major Areas:
Weather by regions
- San José weather
These highlands have temperate climate and see the rain from December to April, especially at nights.
- Guanacaste weather
Known for being dry and hot, these lowlands see some rains in the afternoons from June to November.
- Arenal weather
You can't escape from humidity in these lowlands but you will experience a drier weather in May and until November.
- Monteverde weather
Known by its cloud forest, these highlands have drizzles year round due to its high elevation.
- Southern Pacific weather
September and October have non-stop rains. In fact, many hotels are closed during those months. From December to March it's sunnier, therefore is hotter and more humid.
- Caribbean weather
Rainy season here is opposite of the rest of the country so rains will be prevalent from April to August and from November to January.
- Manuel Antonio weather
Manuel Antonio, Jacó and Puntarenas weather is very similar: hot and humid with some rains from June to November.
Current Costa Rica Weather Forecast by Places