What to know about rainy season in Costa Rica
Why the green season in Costa Rica is a great time to visit Dominical
This blog article will inform you when the rainy season starts and ends in Costa Rica and if you need to avoid the Costa Rican rainy season. It also explains you about green season and what the top 5 benefits of traveling to Costa Rica during rainy season are.
Rainy season or green season?
The rainy season in Costa Rica is not so bad as one might expect. This is exactly the reason why many people nowadays talk about green season instead of rainy season. Officially the rainy season starts in May and ends in November. Despites some typical strong rain storms at the beginning of the rainy season in May, the ‘real’ rainy season is around the month of October. During this period it is possible to have long rainy days, but almost never for multiple days in a row. A typical rainy season day in Costa Rica starts sunny and from 3PM there is a chance of a short – sometimes heavy – rain shower. Typically it rains for 30 to 90 minutes in the late afternoon or evening. Most people like it because it brings the temperature down to a more comfortable temperature for sleeping. The plants and trees benefit from the rain and look very vivid and green during the rainy season; this is were the term ‘green season’ comes from. This effect is stronger in areas where the summertime is very dry, like in Guanacaste. The climate in Dominical & Uvita is very different; here it stays green year round. However, also in Dominical & Uvita, plants and trees are most beautiful during green season. So, don’t be afraid to travel to Costa Rica in May, June, July, August, September and November, the weather is still great to have a wonderful vacation. Even October can be very nice, but please realize that from late September to early November there might be a chance of some dark and very rainy days. Note: this information is not valid for the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
Rainy season is also called Green season
5 benefits of having your vacation in Costa Rica during green season?
#1 Strong promotions!
A great advantage of planning your vacation to Costa Rica in rainy season is that most prices are much lower. Hotels, car rental, tours, flight tickets; most companies offer strong promotional prices, which are often on top of the already attractive low season prices. Also with Hotel Villas Río Mar you can benefit from great hotel deals during rainy season.
#2 Get the real rainforest experience
Witnessing a proper rainforest downpour is an experience by itself. You won’t believe the amount of water that can fall from the sky. When the rain stops, you can go to the beach where you will see the rainstorm move away over the ocean. Watching the light show over the sea – created by the thunder in the distance – will be an unforgettable experience!
#3 Fewer tourists
Another great advantage of having your vacation in Costa Rica during rainy season is that it will not be crowed in hotels or at popular beaches and -attractions. So your vacation will be even more relaxed and you don’t have to wait in line.
#4 Nature at its best!
Like explained in the beginning the Costa Rican nature is even more stunning during the rainy season. In addition; waterfalls are spectacular and river rafting is absolutely awesome during this time in the year.
“The rainy season is also called ‘green season’ because the plants and trees look at their best during this season.”
#5 Whale watching season
The whales come at the peak of the rainy season! Although whales are seen from mid-July mid-November, the best time for whale watching in Uvita and Dominical is during September and October. The following article gives more information on whale watching in Uvita & Dominical.
Tips for traveling in Costa Rica during rainy season
- Plan your activities in the morning, since rain is more likely during the (late) afternoon.
- There are more mosquitoes during the rainy season; make sure to bring sufficient repellent.
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