When to go

High season

If your trip is about beaches, clear blue skies and bare flesh head to the north and central Pacific coast between December and April (high season). During this time almost no rain falls in the Central Highlands and the Pacific regions. Christmas and New Year in particular are very busy with Costa Ricans and international visitors looking to enjoy some time away from home. Easter week is also very busy: banks and public services close, and many buses stop running. Outside these months rain falls steadily, and is heaviest in September and October. On the Caribbean slope (everywhere east of the continental divide), rains fall more consistently throughout the year, the drier months being February to June, with a small summer (veranillo) window in September and October.

Green season

Outside the high season, rainfall normally occurs in bursts lasting a couple of hours and travel is still possible in the vast majority of places. This rainy season has been renamed the 'green season' by some marketing wag at the Costa Rican Tourism Institute - and with good effect. The green season is an increasingly popular time to visit as the country tends to be quieter and discounts are often possible. A word of warning: some places do close for a break or remodelling and a few, very few, become inaccessible in normal green-season conditions. Check before travelling.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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