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When to travel to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is generally characterized by 2 distinct seasons:

  • the dry season - or summer (verano) - from January to April;

  • the rainy season - or winter (invierno) - from May to December.

In fact, the many microclimates that make up the beauty of this country make weather predictions a little more complex than that. We have carefully studied the data from several weather stations in order to offer you the best times of the year to visit each of its regions.

NORTHERN PLAINS

NOV. - AUG.

GUANACASTE

PUNTARENAS

NOV. - AUG.

CENTRAL PACIFIC

DEC. - APR.

DEC. - APR.

CENTRAL VALLEY

DEC. - APR.

JULY - AUG.

CARRIBEAN

JAN. - JUNE 

SEPT. - OCT.

SOUTH PACIFIC

DEC. - APR.

Guanacaste and Puntarenas:

The Guanacaste and the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula belonging to the Puntarenas constitute the driest region of the country. The seasons are also the most distinct. Some localities have no rainfall during the summer months, which is a delight for tourists looking for sunbathing. The beginning and end of the rainy season is mild, allowing the region and its beaches to be enjoyed almost year-round. Beware, Monteverde, famous for its cloud forests, is an exception and is constantly wet.

Preferred months: November to August.

Central valley​:

Although this region follows the same rainy/dry season pattern as Guanacaste, rainfall levels are higher year-round. The months of July and August, which offer days with beautiful clearings, constitute a "little summer" during the rainy season.

 

Preferred months: December to April, July and August.

Northern plains, Central Pacific and South Pacific:

These regions follow the same rainy/dry season pattern as the previous ones. However, rainfall is higher all year round. It is therefore recommended to discover these regions during the dry season.

Preferred months: December to April.

Caribbean:

Unlike the rest of the country, the Caribbean region shows very little variation in rainfall and tends to be rainy throughout the year. However, it is during the months of September and October, at the height of the rainy season in the rest of the country, that the best weather conditions are found to discover the Caribbean at its best.

Preferred months: January to June, September and October.

In conclusion, Costa Rica is a destination that can be discovered at any time of the year. However, it is essential to prepare your itinerary according to the season you wish to travel. We will be happy to advise you!

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