Rainy season – what to expect?

Costa Rica’s rainy season usually ranges from early May to the end of October.

The dry season, considered summer by Costa Ricans, is from mid-November to April. In Guanacaste, the arid northwestern province, the dry season lasts several weeks longer than in other places. Even in the rainy season, days often start sunny, with rain falling in the afternoon and evening.

However, there are slight variations of these two seasons due to many micro-climates in the country so one part of the country may have a longer or shorter “green” season.

The most important thing to remember is that it is always warm in the Guanacaste area regardless of the rain. If you ask any local or Expat, you’ll soon learn that the “green” season is their favourite time of year.

Here are some good reasons to visit during the green season:

♦ Lush and green vegetation and vibrant flowering plants and trees

♦ Fewer visitors  in town – more elbow room

♦ Reduced rates on rentals and hotels

♦ The waterfalls are spectacular especially after a recent rain

♦ Great time to plan your “summer” honeymoon destination or better yet, THE WEDDING!

♦ The Ostional arribadas are world famous for attracting thousands of female turtles who lay their eggs on the beach.  It is truly a sight to see!

♦ Deep sea fishing is even better from May to the end of November.  Record marlin, sailfish, dorado and many others test even the most experienced of fisherman.  Come and give it a go.

♦ Scuba diving is great at this time of year.  This is when the more experienced divers travel from around the world to see what the oceans off of northern Costa Rica have to offer.

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