As a travel planner in Costa Rica, I often times hear clients with similar concerns, “how much rain falls in the rainy season” or “I was thinking to come in July but then heard it’s the rainy season so I think I may postpone”. The first thing that always comes to my mind is “not rainy season, Green Season”. Rain Rarely ruins our Costa Rica Vacations.
The Green Season in Costa Rica is my favorite time of year and really has a bad reputation that is undeserved. People, who avoid traveling to Costa Rica because of the fear of rain ruining the trip, are missing some of the best times to come and enjoy this magical place. I see more beauty here in the months of the rainy season than I do all throughout the dry season.
For a traveler, this is a great time to come because you can enjoy lower hotel rates and fewer tourists throughout the country. Availability is not an issue because of the lower number of tourists. The country is yours to explore.
Here is how many people who live here see the months through this time of year. May, June, & July, the beginning of the Green Season, are great times to visit. The country springs back to life after many months of almost no rain. Brown grass turns green, trees and flowers come back from the brink. The Rain Forest comes to life. You have mostly sunny days with some rain in the late afternoon or early evening. In July we get a stretch of gorgeous weather called “little summer”. This is 2 weeks of dry season conditions and the climate couldn’t be better. August, when rain intensifies in some areas, is a nice time to visit Guanacaste as they get less rain throughout the year. September and October are usually the worst months for rain and probably the only months that hesitation on booking makes more sense but coincidentally, while much of the country is getting rain at this time, the Caribbean side of the country has its dry season. Two months of great weather and by the end of the dry season on the Caribbean side you are entering the dry season for the Pacific.
For those in the know, there is no “wrong time” to visit Costa Rica. Before you make any travel decisions make sure you get the facts, don’t buy in to the notion that Costa Rica should be avoided during these months. You will be missing out on what are some of the best times to get to know Costa Rica, its people, and its rain forests.
Catalina Cuervo B. – Owner – CR Referrals