When To Visit
Your experiences in Costa Rica and the cost of the trip will be considerably influenced by when you choose to visit, and several factors should be considered when making this decision. The tourist season is between Christmas and Easter. This period coincides with the dry season, during which time visitors can expect sunny conditions and very little precipitation. Of course, during these months, the unseasonable storm has been known to roll in, spoiling a few days for the unwitting tourist.
The rainy season, or green season, starts in May and dwindles some time in November. This is considered the off-season for tourism, which produces some attractive incentives to visitors of the isthmus during this time. Beaches and tourist towns are less crowded; hotels, tourist attractions, and car rental agencies offer significant discounts; and the natural environment takes on an emerald-green tint. Mornings generally start off clear and warm, followed by rain during the afternoon, and a welcomed clearing of the cloud-cover before the sun goes down. Many tourists prefer the rainy season because of the relatively cool climate and cleansing quality the rains bring to their experiences in Costa Rica's wild places.
As a result of the tourist traffic during the dry season, it is necessary to plan ahead. The weeks around Christmas and Easter are especially busy, and you'll need to make traveling arrangements and hotel reservations well in advance. VivaCostaRica.com provides the information and resources you need to explore all of your options and make necessary arrangements.