Costa Rica may be small but undoubtedly large in terms of the life systems and microclimates, and the weather can be as diverse as nature itself in this blessed little corner of the World.
This means that choosing the best time to travel to Costa Rica really comes down to personal priorities, whether you want to watch wildlife in the cloud forest or take sun baths on sunny beaches, learn how to surf or a mix of these three. The 2 Costa Rica specialists who have local knowledge, can certainly be helpful in deciding when to plan a vacation to Costa Rica. However, to start with it, let us give you a glimpse of what to expect.
When traveling to Costa Rica
It is difficult to declare a global climate in Costa Rica, but in general terms, we can say that the dry season is from December to May, when the official rainy season begins.
The temperature during the day ranges between 21 ° C and 27 ° C in both the dry season and the wet season. At night the temperature can drop slightly to about 15 ° C, so it is best to wear a light or wool jacket just in case,
Surely the rainy season may be the best time to travel because the rainforests are in full bloom and everything becomes leafy and a beautiful dark green. It is also a great way to avoid crowds, not to mention getting better prices than in the driest months.
The best advice to travel to Costa Rica is to always carry a bikini and raincoat in your suitcase to be ready to face any situation that Costa Rica has prepared for you.
When to visit the Central Valley in Costa Rica
The Center of Costa Rica, including San Jose, is temptingly known as “The Land of Eternal Spring”.
It is cool, warm and almost impossibly greener. The actual temperature and precipitation depend on its height above sea level. Between 600 and 1650 meters (2132,55 ft to 5413 ft.) above sea level, which includes San Jose, Monteverde Cloudforest, and the Arenal Volcano, the average daytime temperature is a hot 25 ° C /77 F°. Once again, it may rain at any time, but that is part of the magic of Costa Rica.
The uplands are much cooler, so you’ll need warmer clothing if you head to higher ground and the temperature drops to about 2 ° C | 35°F on the high summits of Cerro de la Muerte (Savegre), Chirripó Mountain and Irazú volcano.
When to visit the Costa Rica Pacific Coast
The dry season on the Pacific coast extends from December to April.
There may still be afternoon rains during this period, especially if you are in the mountains near the coast, but they are certainly welcome as they actually clean the air.
There is also usually a gentle sea breeze that keeps the atmosphere cool while on the beach.
From May to November, rain falls more frequently and during September and October things can be a bit stormy, but the waves are perfect for surfers during this time. The further South you travel on the Pacific coast, the more rain you are likely to see.
When you are visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica
Along the Caribbean coast, the temperature is around 25 ° C|77°F throughout the year. There is no real dry or wet season.The climate is influenced by winds and weather conditions in the Caribbean Sea.
When it rains, it does so in the form of tropical showers, with a total of more than 3,000 mm on average. There is less rain in March and April and September and October as there is a short dry season.
The rainiest months are December and January, but usually, the day starts with the rain and the rain comes back in the afternoon. Every now and then, it happens that it rains throughout the day, however, in general, it’s mainly isolated downpours.