Dry season, which last from December to April, is usually the favourite season for travelers who want to discover Costa Rica. However, more and more people nowadays come in Costa Rica during rainy season, from May to November. Sometimes called “green season” and not rainy season, it doesn’t rain as much as people use to think! Let’s have a look at some advantages there are to visit Costa Rica during rainy season.

More fauna & flora 

During the dry season, it doesn’t rain for various weeks, even months in the driest regions as Guanacaste. Vegetation is really dry and turn yellow because of the heat. When the first rain start, plants start to live again and grow at an incredible speed! Animals mate and the fauna becomes more present! Leaves become greener, flowers blow, plants grow, it’s at this time of the year that you will have a true experience of what is the green Costa Rica as we all know. And it’s at this time that you will really discover what is a true jungle. It’s also the perfect time to watch a lot of different species of animals like birds, reptiles, mammals etc… You just have to get out of your house to discover everything.

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More activities 

Of course a lot of activities are accessible during dry season. It’s up to you and to your choices. If you are more into sleeping under the sun, have long walks on the beach, then dry season is perfect for you. On the contrary, if you are more an adventurous person, you should try to visit Costa Rira during rainy season. When rain comes, rivers get full of water. It becomes the perfect moment to do some rafting which wasn’t possible during dry season! Waterfalls awaken and show us their power.

It is also important to know that when people talk about rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it will rain non stop, everyday for the next 6 months. During this time of the year, the weather is usually great on the morning, it get can really hot, and it only starts raining for a few hours at the end of the day. So you have all the time in the world to do a lot of activities during the morning!

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Savings 

As rainy season is less popular than dry season, there is a chance that you will find great deals to reduce the cost of your stay. You will spend less money than if you had been to Costa Rica during the dry season! Indeed, between May and November, you have the possibility to find flights tickets half the price than between December and April. Hotels have usually big discounts as well as activities are less expensive.

Those are great reasons to come to Costa Rica during the low season! Nonetheless, you have to know that prices tend to increase in July and August as it’s holidays in most countries in the world.  

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Less crowded 

Another big advantage of rainy season, you won’t see as much people as during dry season! You will be alone at the beach, national parks will be almost empty. You will be able to enjoy excursions in small groups and enjoy better explanations from the guide. Hotels won’t be full, you will be able to live the day as you want, on the moment, and decide of where you would like to sleep the same day.

More unforgettable moments 

Rainy season also means turtles. Indeed, it’s the better season to observe numerous turtles arriving at the beach to lay eggs and give birth to tiny babies that you will be able to look at when they will be ready to go to the water by themselves. It is for sure a moment that you will never forget. During low season, it is also possible to go out on the sea to look for some whales coming to Costa Rica at this time of the year. From a boat, free diving, snorkeling or diving? You have the power to decide how you want to enjoy this moment!

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2 Comments

  • Yves Racette 20 May 2019 at 19 h 11 min

    we are thinking of maybe end of septembre ,octobre but we dont want it to rain all day for two weeks…

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    • Arnaud Jolly 21 May 2019 at 13 h 10 min

      Hi Yves. We can’t know for sure how the weather will be in September/October for this year. It is never the same, some years it rains a lot during this period, some years the weather is ok and you can have consecutive days without rain. If you are afraid of having rain every days, maybe you should reconsider the period of your visit in Costa Rica. During November and the beginning of December, it’s still low season, also known as rainy season, but it’s the end of it! Costa Rica is still very green, animals are out, it’s the perfect time to come if you don’t want to be here during high season when all the parcs are crowded and when temperatures are really high! I hope I answered your question, feel free to ask me more if you need informations!

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