What you need to know

Known for its nature, Costa Rica is a country where it rains a lot!

That explains why this part of the world has such a rich biodiversity and most travelers come here to discover the extraordinary fauna and flora, that wouldn’t be there without the rain.

The year is divided into two seasons:

  • The dry season: stretching from mid-December to April;
  • The rainy season: the “green” season, from May to mid-December (with less precipitation from July to September).

Each season has its advantages since the dry period will allow you to enjoy the beach, while the green season will be more favorable to observe the Quetzal.

Please note that, just like anywhere else in the world, Costa Rica experiences climate changes, affecting the “normal/habitual” weather and the life of the local fauna and flora.

Despite a sometimes “uncertain” climate, Costa Rica can be visited all year round, between blue skies and tropical showers.

In order to help you choose the time of your visit, we have gathered here some specific information about each season and created three themed calendars.

Seasonal trends

Seasons vary according to the region and the altitude. Given the geographical particularities of the country, it’s possible that during your stay in Costa Rica you experience sunny and rainy days.

The dry season

The dry season rimes with sun and beach of course, but also with high tourist season: Costa Ricans as well as North Americans are the most numerous to visit this small country.

During these peaks in tourism (Christmas holidays and Holy week), the most popular destinations are the beaches of the Pacific coast. Hotels and restaurants are full and the beaches and natural sites are packed.

Moreover, prices increase a lot and hotels work with “packages” with a fixed number of nights and prices higher than during the rest of the year.

The rainy season

However,  during the rainy season, there are less tourists on the trails of the natural parks which will allow you to observe the tropical wildlife in better conditions.

Please note that rain rarely falls all day long: mornings are usually sunny (plan your activities and visits then) and heavy downpours (2 to 3 hours) usually happen in the middle of the afternoon, before the sun returns.

Furthermore, this season corresponds to the low season for our hotel partners.