Costa Rica is a vibrant and diverse country known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and rich biodiversity. It’s no surprise that many travelers flock to this Central American paradise to soak up the sun and experience its unique culture. However, the best time to plan a trip to Costa Rica depends on your preferences and what you want to experience.
In this blog, we’ll explore the best times of year to plan a trip to Costa Rica based on weather patterns, peak tourism seasons, and seasonal events.
December to April (High Season)
December to April is the dry season in Costa Rica, making it one of the most popular times to visit. The weather is warm and sunny, with little to no rain, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and zip-lining. This period coincides with the winter months in North America and Europe, so many travelers escape the cold weather and head to Costa Rica. However, due to the peak tourism season, prices for flights and accommodations tend to be higher during this period.
May to November (Green Season)
May to November is the “Green Season” in Costa Rica, which means there are more frequent rains and more lush green landscapes. Although it may rain for several hours each day, the rain often falls in the late afternoon or evening, leaving the mornings for outdoor activities. This is also the best time to spot wildlife as there are fewer crowds, and animals are more active. The green season is an ideal time for budget-conscious travelers, as flights and accommodations are typically less expensive than during the high season.
Mid-September to Mid-November (Turtle Nesting Season)
If you’re a nature enthusiast, you may want to plan your trip to Costa Rica between mid-September and mid-November to witness the sea turtle nesting season. During this period, four species of sea turtles – leatherback, hawksbill, green, and olive ridley – come to Costa Rica’s beaches to lay their eggs. The Ostional Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places to observe this natural phenomenon, as thousands of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand.
December (Fiestas de Zapote)
If you’re looking for a cultural experience, plan your trip to Costa Rica in December to experience Fiestas de Zapote. This annual festival takes place in San Jose and features bullfighting, rodeos, carnival rides, and traditional Costa Rican food. The festival runs for two weeks and culminates with massive fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.
Costa Rica is a year-round destination, with each season offering unique experiences and opportunities. Whether you’re a nature lover, adventure seeker, or cultural enthusiast, there’s a perfect time of year for you to plan your trip to Costa Rica.
Consider the factors we’ve outlined above to determine the best time for you, so get ready and book with our three properties; Los Suenos Resort, Villa Ananda and Hotel Ocean Breeze to experience all the beauty and wonders of Costa Rica this year.