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  • Lizzie Butler

    Thrill-seekers and nature lovers, listen up. Want to spend your next holiday in a place where you can visit the rainforest and the beach on the same day? If the answer’s yes, it’s time to get booking a holiday to Costa Rica. But hang on a minute – do you know when’s the best time to go? We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to…

    When is dry season?

    The weather is definitely one of the most important parts of your holiday – after all, we specialise in a lovely damp summer in the UK, so you don’t need to get on a plane to experience that. Each region has its own climate in Costa Rica, so consider this when booking your trip. Dry season is from December to April across most of the country, but unlike other regions, the Caribbean Coast experiences hot, dry weather in September and October as well. So, you’ve got plenty of opportunities for exploring. There’s loads to do in Costa Rica during the dry season – including fun stuff like zip lining, quad biking and visiting an animal sanctuary. If you prefer the coast to the forest, book some surf lessons or just hang out on the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather. Temperatures can reach the mid 30s during dry season, so you’ll need the SPF however you decide to spend the day.

     

    When is rainy season?

    If you’ve never experienced rain in a tropical climate before, you’re in for a treat. The wet weather will be pretty intense when it arrives, but within an hour or two it will all be over.  Rainy season starts in April in Costa Rica and continues until November, and is at its heaviest in September and October on the Pacific Coast.

    When is it quietest in Costa Rica?

    It’s always a good time to visit Costa Rica, but things will definitely feel a bit quieter during rainy season. Fewer tourists mean more opportunities to get to know the real Costa Rica – you can meet the locals, experience what it’s like to live through a rainstorm, and easily get a seat in the bars and restaurants. Some travellers actually prefer to visit during the rainy season because it’s less crowded. As the rainy periods only last for short bursts – that tend to be in the afternoon – you can still get your fill of sun and enjoy activities like white water rafting. The rain can actually help cool the temperature too, so if you’re not a fan of scorching heat, this might be the time of year for you.

    When is the best time to see the wildlife?

    Costa Rica has all kinds of exotic wildlife worth making a trip for, and the wetter months really allow it to bloom. Tortuguero, on the Caribbean Coast, is a haven for several types of turtles, including the endangered green turtle. You can see them hatch from July to October here.

    Ready to get tropical?

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