Best Time to Visit Costa Rica
Discover the best of Costa Rica throughout the seasons with Scott Dunn…
Need help deciding when to travel? Luckily our destination experts have a wealth of knowledge about this amazing country and are ready to advise you as you plan your vacation. From when to go surfing in Puerto Viejo to the best times to visit Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano, our travel experts can arrange the perfect getaway based on what you want to see and do 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 what time of year you visit, 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. If you’re a real animal lover, spring and summer are also the best times to visit Costa Rica for wildlife spotting.
No matter when you’d like to travel, our destination experts will gladly create a bespoke itinerary for your trip so that 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 weather throughout the country.
While national parks and other attractions are typically busy, spring provides great conditions for viewing all the colorful 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 white water rafting in the Central Valley 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, 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.
Fall in Costa Rica
September and October are the height of the rainy season in Costa Rica, 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. Alongside sandy beaches and serene lagoons, the Talamanca mountain range offers ample hiking and trekking opportunities for those who want a more active break. There are also plenty of chances for diving, surfing and snorkeling along the coast, perfect for families and thrill-seekers alike.
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.
But, unpredictable weather is not a problem if you’re traveling 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 sunny conditions by exploring the surrounding Central Valley, full of dense rainforests, rolling hills, and national parks just waiting to be explored.
Climate guide for Costa Rica
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