Costa Rica is an amazing place. Volcanoes, monkeys, giant saltwater crocodiles, amazing surf, warm tropical water and friendly smiles are all waiting to greet the visitor to Costa Rica. Surprisingly, Costa Rica receives the vast amount of its tourism during the high season – late December through April. Costa Rica has two seasons: dry season and green season. The high season corresponds with Costa Rica’s dry season and results in four months of little to no rain. While the prospect of nonstop sunshine makes high season appealing, the low season has charms of its own. Below we discuss five reasons why you should book your Costa Rica house rentals during the rainy season.
1. It’s not that rainy
Clever Costa Rican marketers came up with the name green season to avoid the negative images created by the term rainy season. Most full time residents prefer the rainy season to the dry season. It is less hot and just doesn’t rain that much. A typical day on the Pacific coast during rainy season will start with beautiful sunshine all morning. Between 2pm and 3pm, the skies begin to cloud and a good strong rain accompanied with thundershowers will last an hour or two. Just before sunset, the skies clear and give way to one of Costa Rica’s amazing sunsets. Barring a tropical storm posting up off of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast (something that usually happens once or twice a year if at all), you can expect plenty of sunshine during your rainy season visit.
2. It’s less crowded
Costa Rica receives most of its visitors during the high season. Everything is more crowded. From restaurants to excursions, you will encounter plenty of competition for space during the high season. In comparison, during rainy season, Costa Rica can feel enormous. A beach that may have hundreds of vacationers during high season is likely to be empty on a Sunday morning during rainy season. A private walk on a deserted beach is reason enough to endure an afternoon shower.
3. It’s less expensive.
With fewer travelers, your tourist dollar will go further. Many tour operators are just trying to cover their costs in low season and they are ready to make a deal. Everything from Costa Rican hotels to Costa Rica house rentals has excess vacancy. Costa Rica is generally less corporate than the U.S. or Europe, so don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or an operators “best rate.”
4. It’s the Costa Rica of your travel brochure.
You know those amazing images of green tree frogs, thick lush primordial rainforest and thundering waterfalls? All those images were taken during the rainy season. The tropical forests of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast are what are known as dry tropical forests. In rainy season, they are thick lush green bombs of biodiversity. However, with no rain for four to five months during dry season, these beautiful tropical jungles turn brown and dry up. Imagine your canopy tour with no canopy! If you want to see the green Costa Rica of the brochures, then you had better come during rainy season.
Don’t be mistaken – there are constant moderate swells and off shore winds during high season. However, due to its global positioning, Costa Rica just doesn’t pick up northern hemisphere swells as well as it does southern hemisphere swells. Therefore, if you are looking to surf the best Costa Rica has to offer (or watch others do that), then the rainy season is the time to come.
Costa Rica is blessed with many natural wonders, including its climate. While most visitors have a great time during dry season, the rainy season offers experiences that are not possible during the high season. Give the Costa Rican rainy season a try, and you will find out why it is one of Costa Rica’s best kept travel secrets.
Horizon Pacific Management & Rentals is located in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Offering vacation rentals, property management, long-term rentals, as well as a complete concierge service. Providing you with a local contact during your stay, Horizon Pacific is a company you can trust, with the experience you need.