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Best time to visit Costa Rica

The best times to visit Costa Rica based on weather, cost and activities.

Costa Rica boasts lush jungles, valleys, stretches of coastline and two distinct tropical seasons: dry and green.

It is truly a destination to cater for all travellers, from the adventurous to nature lovers.

Whatever your style, our guide can direct you to the best months and seasons to make your vacation.

Best time to visit Costa Rica

February and April are the ideal months to pop by Costa Rica as it’s dry season but outside of the peak holiday periods of December (Christmas) and March, which is the heart of peak season and offers a better guarantee for dry days.

For blissful weather travel anytime between December and April. This is the dry season and offers plenty of sunshine which makes it perfect for lounging on beaches and exploring rainforests.

For a cheap break, travel from May to November, which is the rainy season when there are fewer crowds.

Cheapest time to visit Costa Rica

Overview

Costa Rica has two distinct tropical seasons: the dry season and green season.

The dry season starts in mid-December and runs until April. During this time, there’s plenty of sunshine and tourists flock here for the many fiestas. This is high season so expect to pay a high price and for mandatory advance bookings to keep costs down.

The green season is between May and November and is when the foliage is at its most beautiful. This is also the best time to spot wildlife when it’s most active. At the peak of the season, you’re more likely to spot wildlife such as turtles and humpback whales on the Pacific coast.

The greatest rainfall occurs in October and November but temperatures stay a warm 23–26°C throughout these months. This is also the best time for rafting and surfing.

Best time to visit Costa Rica for:

  • Wildlife watching: Travel in September and October for the best chance at spotting wildlife in the jungle.
  • Surfing: Beginners should visit in March or April when the temperature and waves are mild. The more adventurous can seek bigger waves in September and October. Not a fan of crowds? Arrive from June to August.
  • Beach: Don’t let a little rain ruin your holiday. Visit in September and October and you can have the whole beach to yourself.
  • Rainforest trekking: June to August brings out the best of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna when the forests are lush and wildlife is more active.

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