Whether you come in Green or the dry season, Costa Rica weather is great and warmly tropical all year round so come prepared to enjoy all the activities on offer!
The rainy season, aka the “green season” is a wonderful time to explore Costa Rica. Aptly named for its vibrant emerald green landscapes, this season doesn’t mean you’ll have rain all day. On the contrary, mornings are typically sunny all year round. Also with showers rolling in by mid to late afternoon. And usually the rains come in quick bursts that stop as suddenly as they start.
So this a great time to explore Costa Rica, as Hotel rates are always lower. Vacation packages too are more budget-friendly, and there are fewer crowds. You are bound to find beaches and rainforest fairly deserted except for the rich wildlife. And with everything drenched in tropical rain, the entire country is lush and verdant. Even the dry plains of Guanacaste turn green. Also some the rainy season months are actually prime time for certain seasonal activities like turtle nesting tours, whitewater rafting, and whale watching near Dominical and Drake Bay.
The dry season is essentially Costa Rica’s summer and the the country’s peak period for visitors and tourism. You can bask in 12 hours of sunshine per day, perfect for outdoor activities and adventures. However the Central Valley enjoys perpetual spring-like weather, with daily temperatures averaging 75 degrees. Along the beach, temperature can get up into the mid-90’s, but evenings are cooled down by fresh sea breezes. While you can leave your umbrellas at home, but most tourist attractions will be much busier during this time of year, especially during the holidays.
During most of the year, the weather on the Atlantic coast (more often called the Caribbean coast) is wetter than in the rest of the country. However, in September and October, which are the rainiest months in the rest of Costa Rica, are actually the best months to visit Tortuguero and the Puerto Viejo areas because it is when the Caribbean side has its “summer” and enjoys some of its sunniest weather. The climate in this region is generally unpredictable, but February and March are its driest months. Don’t let the possibility of rain deter you though, as nearly all the great tours and activities on the laid-back Caribbean side can be enjoyed rain or shine.
So, when is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica in terms of weather? This is one of our most frequently asked questions and the answer is: Costa Rican weather is amazing any time! The perks of traveling during the green season are numerous, and while the dry season may mean bigger crowds and more costly lodging, the lure of warm sunshine overrides any negatives.