When is the Best Time of The Year to Go to Costa Rica?
When is the best time of the year to go to Costa Rica? The answer to this question depends largely on the purpose of travel as well as the region. The first thing you should know is that there are two distinct seasons in Costa Rica i.e. dry and rainy. If you visit this country in both seasons, you will have vastly different experiences
The dry season in Costa Rica runs from December to April and it is known for its heat and sunshine. Most of the country experiences little to no rain during this season so your outdoor activities won’t be postponed or cancelled due to weather. The reason this time of year is the most popular among tourists are the clear skies in Costa Rica. As there is little to no rain, most of the hiking trails are open and offer easier and safer treks through the rainforest. Furthermore, swimming is better during this time since the ocean is less foggy and much clearer.
There are some cons of vacationing in Costa Rica during the dry season. The main drawback is that it gets very humid and very hot. The northern part of Costa Rica (especially Guanacaste) is more arid. The landscape almost appears desert like and the temperatures average around 90 degrees. The southern coastlines get very muggy and humid during the dry season. Rivers are dryer and because of that, waterfalls can become mere trickles and lose their gusto. The whitewater rapid tours can also get affected by this. Dry season may not be the best time of the year to visit Costa Rica if you are not a fan of crowds. From December to April, the country is packed full of tourists. Because of this, prices are higher and finding a car rental or hotel can be difficult.
The beginning and end of the rainy season is actually the best time to visit Costa Rica. Most parts of the country have cool temperatures. Rivers are full and gushing and views of the waterfalls are at their best. Not to mention the country is incredibly green during this season! If you are going to Costa Rica to surf, then it is highly recommended that you visit during the rainy season, in September and October. This is also an ideal time for whitewater rafting.
Although the temperatures are relatively cooler in the rainy season, it rains a lot. Sometimes, it rains constantly for several days which can damper any vacation. The months in which it rains heavily are September and October. So, you might want to avoid visiting Costa Rica during those times. Flooding and landslides can also cause the roads to be closed during this season, making it difficult to explore the country.
What is the best time of the year to go to Costa Rica? Well, it mostly depends on what kind of traveler you are. However, it is recommended that you visit this country during the tail end of each season, November/December and May/June. In the middle of the wet and dry season, Costa Rica experiences some extreme weather so you should go around May and November as this will increase your chances of having cooler temperatures, getting better prices, beating the crowds, and seeing a green rainforest. However, there is truly no bad time to visit this country. No matter when you visit Costa Rica, the people and the landscape are always great.