What You Need to Know

Costa Rica is known for it’s nature, but it’s also country where it rains a lot!

Which explains why this part of the world has such rich biodiversity. Most travelers come here to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna…whcihc wouldn’t be here without the rain!

The year is divided into two seasons:

  • The dry season: 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 advantage. The dry period will allow you to enjoy the beach. The green season is the best time to observe the Quetzal.

Please note: Just like anywhere else in the world Costa Rica experiences climate changes which affect normal weather patterns and the life of local flora and fauna.

Despite a sometimes uncertain climate, Costa Rica can be visited all year round!

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

Seasonal Trends

Seasons vary according to the region and the altitude. Given the geographical particularities of the country, during your stay in Costa Rica you’ll most likely experience both sunny and rainy days.

The Dry Season

The dry season rhymes with sun and beach, of course! But it also rhymes with high tourist season: Costa Ricans and North Americans most frequently visit the country during this season.

Tourism peaks over winter holidays and during Holy week. The most popular destinations are the beaches of the Pacific coast. Hotels and restaurants are full and the beaches and natural sites can be packed.

Prices go up during this season and hotels often included packages with a fixed number of nights.

The Rainy Season

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 – 3 hours) usually occur in the middle of the afternoon before the sun returns.

This corresponds to the low season for our hotel partners!