Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

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Best time to visit

Whether you dream of trekking through its lush rainforests or enjoying the sunshine along the Caribbean Coast, there’s lots to see and do in Costa Rica throughout the seasons. 

Need help deciding when to plan your trip? Luckily our destination experts have a wealth of knowledge about this amazing country and are ready to advise you as you plan your holiday. From when to go surfing in Guanacaste to the best times to visit Costa Rica’s famous Manuel Antonio National Park, our travel experts can arrange the perfect holiday based on what you want to see and when you’d prefer to travel. 

 

When is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?

When you should go to Costa Rica depends completely on what kind of experiences you’re interested in and what parts of the country you’d like to visit. 

This beautiful Central American destination has a tropical climate, so no matter the time of year, be prepared for humidity and some rain. The best time to go to Costa Rica, though, is typically from December to April, when the weather is drier and brighter. Summer is also ideal, with fewer crowds and ample wildlife spotting opportunities. 

Whenever you’d like to travel, our destination experts will gladly create a bespoke itinerary for your trip so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your time away.

 

Spring in Costa Rica

Spring is the most popular time of year to visit Costa Rica, with dry and sunny conditions throughout the country. 

While national parks and other attractions are typically busy, spring provides great conditions for viewing all the colourful birds and intriguing mammals that make Costa Rica their home -  and we think it’s worth braving the crowds to see these magnificent animals in person. 

In fact, why not arrange a visit to the more remote Osa Peninsula to make the most of the great weather?

Alongside the vast stretches of pristine beach and sparkling Pacific Ocean, the main attraction in this region is the Corcovado National Park. Home to rare and endangered species like jaguars, poison dart frogs, and scarlet macaws, this hub of biodiversity is a real treat for nature lovers. 

 

Summer in Costa Rica

Summer is a great season to enjoy the range of adventurous activities on offer throughout Costa Rica. From kayaking in Arenal to zip-lining through Monteverde, there’s no shortage of thrilling things to do. 

This is also a good time to visit destinations like Manuel Antonio National Park, as the spring crowds begin to die down. Alternatively, if you’re animal lovers, we can help you plan a summer visit to Tortuguero to see the nesting sea turtles or catch a glimpse of the migrating humpback whales, joined by a passionate local guide. We can even arrange for you to stay at an eco-lodge bordering Tortuguero National Park to keep you close to the action.

 

Autumn in Costa Rica

September and October are the wettest months, and the prolonged rainfall across most of the country makes it difficult to spot wildlife in the forests or explore beyond the main roads.

However, the Caribbean Coast remains relatively dry at this time of year, so there’s still plenty to see and do. Puerto Viejo offers a range of activities, from horse riding along the sandy beaches and surfing through the warm waters to simply kicking back and relaxing, taking in the scenery. 

 

Winter in Costa Rica

Winter is another one of the best times to visit Costa Rica, as the rainy season comes to an end. There may still be heavy rainfall and unpredictable conditions, but these will have cleared up by February. 

This unpredictable weather is not a problem if you’re travelling to San Jose, with various indoor and outdoor experiences on offer. Shelter from the rain in one of the city’s many art galleries, museums, or restaurants, or make the most of any sunny conditions by exploring the surrounding Central Valley, replete with dense rainforests, rolling hills, and national parks just waiting to be explored.

 

Climate guide for Costa Rica

, Costa Rica

Average temperatures (Celcious) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
83°F 36mm
Feb
84°F 27mm
Mar
85°F 16mm
Apr
89°F 32mm
May
87°F 37mm
Jun
84°F 31mm
Jul
82°F 34mm
Aug
85°F 23mm
Sep
84°F 27mm
Oct
83°F 29mm
Nov
82°F 46mm
Dec
82°F 51mm
Jan
83°F 36mm
Feb
84°F 27mm
Mar
85°F 16mm
Apr
89°F 32mm
May
87°F 37mm
Jun
84°F 31mm
Jul
82°F 34mm
Aug
85°F 23mm
Sep
84°F 27mm
Oct
83°F 29mm
Nov
82°F 46mm
Dec
82°F 51mm
Jan
83°F 36mm
Feb
84°F 27mm
Mar
85°F 16mm
Apr
89°F 32mm
May
87°F 37mm
Jun
84°F 31mm
Jul
82°F 34mm
Aug
85°F 23mm
Sep
84°F 27mm
Oct
83°F 29mm
Nov
82°F 46mm
Dec
82°F 51mm
Jan
83°F 36mm
Feb
84°F 27mm
Mar
85°F 16mm
Apr
89°F 32mm
May
87°F 37mm
Jun
84°F 31mm
Jul
82°F 34mm
Aug
85°F 23mm
Sep
84°F 27mm
Oct
83°F 29mm
Nov
82°F 46mm
Dec
82°F 51mm
Jan
83°F 36mm
Feb
84°F 27mm
Mar
85°F 16mm
Apr
89°F 32mm
May
87°F 37mm
Jun
84°F 31mm
Jul
82°F 34mm
Aug
85°F 23mm
Sep
84°F 27mm
Oct
83°F 29mm
Nov
82°F 46mm
Dec
82°F 51mm
Jan
84°F 11mm
Feb
85°F 5mm
Mar
86°F 3mm
Apr
89°F 12mm
May
86°F 22mm
Jun
83°F 22mm
Jul
83°F 16mm
Aug
84°F 24mm
Sep
83°F 27mm
Oct
81°F 28mm
Nov
82°F 23mm
Dec
83°F 18mm

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