Costa Rica, Dry and Wet Seasons

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Costa Rica, Dry and Wet Seasons

The Dry Season

Costa Rica is not your traditional northern country. Here you do not have the turn of four different seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. It really only has two seasons, Wet and Dry. The dry season, in particular, is a great time of year for traveling and vacationing. The weather is nice every day and you love every moment of it.

Perks of Coming in the Dry Season

The best reason to travel during the dry season is, of course, you won’t get wet. And secondly, the sun is shining brightly all most every single day. This lets you see more of the country in a shorter time. If you want to see the volcanoes you will have clear skies. Nothing is blocking the way from there majestic views. Whereas during the rainy season it can be pretty foggy. Going to the beach on a hot summer-like day. This is one of the best perks to coming here at that time. You don’t have to worry about getting soaked and can walk around without carrying your umbrella everywhere. 


Things you see in the Dry Season

Costa Rica Points of Interest Long days of Surf

Beautiful Beaches

The best times to visit the beaches are in the Dry season you will have many more chances to work on your tan your play in the sand. The weather is fabulous every day and this means you can get som amazing surf time in. 

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica tour Hike


Because it is the Dry Season this means less chance for fog, especially around the Arenal Volcano. If you want clear days to go on long hikes and day trips it is best to Come in the dry season. 

windsurfing in costa rica Sunset

More Sun Shine

This is more than obvious that you see more sunshine in the Dry Season but after being in rain for half the year it is definitely noticeable. it can be a refreshing experience to finally be over with the rain for a bit. Similar to when you finally see spring at the end of winter. 

Hotel El Establo Zipline

In general More Activities

In general, there are a bunch more thing you have time to do in the dry season. It is true the wet Costa Rica Rain Season can be very Beautiful but you won’t get to have as much fun.

A whole lot of Rain!

Like most countries that sit inside the tropics, Costa Rica’s experiences a wet and a dry season instead of the spring, summer, autumn, winter pattern that you are probably used to. When planning a trip there, you will want to make sure that you know what the weather will be like, so you don’t end up disappointed. While there are some benefits to visiting during the Costa Rica rain season, many visitors prefer to avoid this time of year.

As the name suggests, generally you can expect much more rain during the wet season. As always with matters relating to the Costa Rican climate, there are however plenty of regional variations to this rule, however. The other important thing to note is that, although there is an increase in precipitation, temperatures remain stable year round for the most part.

When is the Costa Rica Rain Season?

The rainy season lasts from May until mid-November. The wettest months are September and October when the country as whole receives and average of 355 and 330 millimeters of rain respectively. May and June are also wet months, but there is a slight decrease in July when levels drop down to an average of 181 millimeters. To put this into context, the nationwide average for January is just 6 millimeters.

Regional variations

Costa Rica’s geography is nothing if varied, and these differences can make a huge difference to how each region experiences the rain season. Some places get more rain than others, and the Caribbean coast has an entirely different climatic cycle to the rest of the country. The factors that have the largest effect on the amount of rain an area receives are altitude, and where a place is located in nearby mountains. The hills and valleys of Costa Rica create an abundance of micro-climates. As clouds break on mountain peaks or get trapped in between ridges, areas which are remarkably close to one another can receive vastly different levels of rain.

The Pacific coast – particularly in the north – is the driest part of the nation. While it follows the same seasonal weather patterns as the rest of the country, the rainfall levels are significantly lower here. To illustrate this, Heredia in the Central Valley can expect an average of 333 millimeters of rain during the month of May, Liberia (in the heart of the Pacific North) only gets 194 millimeters.

If you do find yourself in the Costa Rica rain season and find that you have had enough of the rain, consider visiting the Caribbean. The region experiences more rainfall than the rest of the country across the year, but its driest times are from February to March and September to October. You will find your stay interrupted much less by the weather over here than you would in other parts of the country during these months.

What to expect during the wet season

It goes without saying that you should expect rain during the rainy season, however that does not mean that for six months straight visitors won’t be able to leave their hotels without getting soaked.

The rain comes in the afternoons. Often the morning is sunny and dry, meaning that there is plenty of time to get out and see all the great things that Costa Rica has to offer.

As a tourist, if you are willing to accommodate the rain, visiting during the Costa Rica rain season can have some definite advantages. For a start, there are much fewer travelers around meaning that you might even have some of the sights to yourself. Furthermore, costs come down to attract visitors, so you will find yourself paying less for everything from hotel rooms to tour guides.

Advantages to traveling in the Rain Season

There are other reasons why traveling in the wet season might have some advantages. Already a natural paradise, the rain allows the country’s flora and fauna to thrive. This is nesting season for Costa Rica’s turtle population for example. Thousands of mothers come to the Pacific coast of the country to lay their eggs in the sand, and many people visit just to see this phenomenon.

If you have come to Costa Rica to explore its rainforests (and the country has some of the best in the world), you will get a more authentic experience during the wet season as the downfalls are an important part of what makes these ecosystems so unique. In fact, the whole country gets greener, and many people find this more makes it more attractive. After a downpour, the country’s many waterfalls also get stronger as the amount of water flowing in the rivers increases. This makes them more impressive and much more photogenic.

The wet season does bring disadvantages as well, however. Apart from the obvious drawback of having to avoid the daily rainfall, it can also make travel difficult. This is only really a problem in the more remote parts of the country, but in these places, the roads can sometimes become difficult to use or completely impassable. The humidity also creates perfect conditions for mosquitos, and you can expect to be bitten more than you would during the dry season.

Things you see in the Costa Rica Rain Season

Leaf Frog


The wet season is bustling with life and one of the perks is seeing our red-eyed friends the tree frogs. In the Rainforest if you walk silently you may here and see them clinging to a leaf or nearby tree. 

Green Vine Snake


Also during this season, you will see more snakes. They become much more active and you do have to be extremely cautious when hiking or walking on trails. 

costa rica waterfalls

Raging Waterfalls

One of the best reasons to come during the wet season is the raging waterfalls. Because of all the rainfall, the falls tend to overflow and become much larger than normal. 

Corcovado Rainforest


Another great reason to come at this time is everything seems just a little bit greener. the plants soak up all this water and give off new shades of color and vibrance.

So whatever season you prefer to make sure you come to Costa Rica and experience it all. Who’s to say the best time to visit is the wet or dry season. Only you can decide. Umbrella background

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