If you’re putting off traveling to Costa Rica during the “green season,” you’re missing out on the best this tropical country has to offer. During the rainy season in Costa Rica the entire country bursts into a lush, vibrant, and energized oasis that many travelers miss out on by coming during the high season.
If you’ve always wondered when the best time to visit Costa Rica is, then this is for you. While there may be many benefits to visiting during both seasons in Costa Rica, our opinion is that the benefits of visiting during Costa Rica’s Green Season far outweigh those of visiting during Costa Rica’s Dry Season.
Why The Rainy Season In Costa Rica Is The Absolute Best Time To Plan Your Vacation
When’s The Rainy Season?
Costa Rica’s “dry” or “high” season runs from mid-December until the end of April, and the “green” or “rainy” season lasts the rest of the year, from May through November. Many people worry that their trip will be a washout because of rain, but that’s just simply not the case. In fact, there are many benefits to specifically visiting during the rainy season! Here are our top 5 reasons why we think everyone should visit Costa Rica during the rainy season.
5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Costa Rica During The Rainy Season
You Can Utilize The Time To Relaxe
1. There’s really nothing more relaxing than taking advantage of the afternoon showers to curl up in a hammock with a good book and sip on a cup of steaming, bold Costa Rican coffee. The heavy rainstorms are incredibly peaceful to watch. Under a roof, of course. 😉
The Flourishing Beauty
2. The rich, abundant flora and fauna truly come alive during the Green Season. You will be amazed at how the drier landscapes left behind from the High Season almost immediately transform into a tropical haven as soon as the first drops of fresh rain penetrate the soil. The whole country miraculously turns a vibrant green, with lush vegetation filling up every square inch of land, and the sweet smell of misty dewdrops permeating the air.
You Don’t Have To Share The Beauty
3. The best part is that you’ll get to have this beautiful country practically all to yourself. During the Green Season in Costa Rica there are far fewer people clamoring to escape the winter months in the States. February and March, in the High Season, draw families on spring break, making hotel availability challenging. Traveling during the Green Season means there will be fewer tourists, shorter wait times for tours, more choices in accommodation, and some great low season specials at hotels.
4. Let’s Talk About Those Deals
Since some travelers hesitate to make vacation plans to Costa Rica during the rainy season, many, if not most, hotels offer great specials. Some may offer “two-for-three” specials where you pay for two nights and stay for three. Others offer “four-for-three” — pay for three nights, stay for four. It’s even possible to enjoy a seven-night vacation paying for only five. Other hotels may offer special perks like room upgrades and spa credits. Not to mention, that most tours and adventure packages will be offering similar special prices. Overall, you’ll save a ton of money by coming during the Green Season.
5. The Season For Romance
Taken from an excerpt in the Tico Times
“Perhaps it’s the sultry sunsets, the dewy seductiveness of sun-kissed skin or the uninhibited appeal of the wilderness that tickles the fancy of couples looking for a romantic getaway. There are many romantic destinations worldwide, but in Costa Rica you can fall in love again and again.
Costa Rica’s green season (summer in the U.S.) is one of the best times for couples to experience the most romantic months of the year. What makes the green season so romantic?
First, it is less crowded. There are still people visiting Costa Rica from May to November, but it is not nearly as crowded as December to April. You will be able to get dinner reservations, find an open lounge chair by the pool, and avoid the crazy spring-breakers who are here earlier in the year.
Second, the afternoon rains provide the perfect setting for some rain forest romance. The sunny morning hours are ideal for tours and getting that perfect tan. Then, in the afternoons, you can lounge with your sweetheart in a hammock. Add a little Bob Marley music, some wine and the sound of rain in the backdrop, and you are set for an afternoon delight!
Last but not least, the green season is a time when many hotels offer special spa and romance packages, designed specifically for couples. Whether planning your honeymoon, an anniversary trip or just a well-deserved getaway, Costa Rica should be at the top of your list this summer.”
Quick Tip Before You Come
While it may be true that you can expect a good downfall every day, the intensity of the rain really depends on which part of the country you choose to visit, and in which month you come.
Given that Costa Rica is a tropical country, there is always a slight chance of rain, but check to see what your particular area will be like. For example, in the Pacific Coast beach regions, rainy season does not mean each day will bring downpours. In fact, some days it won’t even rain at all. For the most part in Costa Rica, the mornings are bright and sunny, followed by an hour or two of rain in the afternoon.
If Costa Rica is on your bucket list, but you don’t want to fight crowds, don’t want to miss out on your first choice in accommodations and don’t want to pay more than you need to, then the green season is the perfect time to visit this breathtaking country.
Huge thanks to Lisa Cederberg for writing this awesome post!