GEOGRAPHY
We have a rugged topography resulting in amazing biodiversity and a wide variety of micro climates. As you ascend or descend in altitude, our weather changes offering you a variety of experiences and scenaries.
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GEOGRAPHY
Costa Rica’s Climate and Weather

We have a rugged topography resulting in amazing biodiversity and a wide variety of micro climates. As you ascend or descend in altitude, our weather changes offering you a variety of experiences and scenaries.

RAIN

It is the principal defining feature of the rainforest; the reason for this complex ecosystem. Our rainy or “green season,” typically brings sunny mornings and afternoon showers, and lasts from May to November. Rain intensity goes from a light drizzle to warm, tropical shower, or a deafening roar of a tropical downpour.

THE CENTRAL VALLEY

Year-round daytime temperatures are in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (20-24 degrees C). At night, expect temperatures in 50s and 60s. (17-20 C).

BEACHES

Our beaches are hot and humid, except for the northwestern Guanacaste, which tends to be dry and breezy. Temperatures will be in the 80s and 90s (24-32 C) at the beach. Remember you are only 8 degrees from the equator, so use plenty of sunscreen and a hat.

HIGH ALTITUDES

Expect windy weather and temperatures in the 50s and 60s (10-15 C). Examples are: Cerro de la Muerte, Poás Volcano, Monteverde and other mountains.

PACIFIC SHORES

The sand of Costa Rican beaches can be a warm gold, volcanic black, seashell white, and every shade in between. Hotels located atop coastal hills, offer spectacular views of the ocean. Others at beach level are just a short walk from the surf, with accommodations and facilities to suit every taste. The rocky coastline is characterized by dozens of beaches on hidden bays and inlets.

RAINFOREST

Tropical rainforest are home of the world’s greatest biodiversity and provide unique filters of the air we breathe. We need to ensure their preservation. Tropical forests can be wet, humid or dry, depending on what part of the country they are located in. Many protected areas are accessible by paved highways. Remote, isolated areas remain for the more adventuresome.

WETLANDS

Wetlands are marshy areas that produce much of the world’s oxygen and protect watersheds for human consumption. Costa Rica has 11 inland and coastal sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, a shallow freshwater lagoon that attracts breeding or migrating water birds. Gandoca-Manzanillo National Park on our Caribbean coast shelters a coastal lagoon consisting of coral reefs, sea grass beds and beaches that provide an important area for nesting sea turtles. Palo Verde National Park holds permanent, shallow, freshwater lagoons, associated marshes and seasonally flooded woodland and mangroves. Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge shelters a coastal area under tidal influence with permanent saline wetlands with a large mangrove forest. Terraba-Sierpe Reserve is some of the most spectacular mangrove forests of the country, sheltering estuaries of two rivers, lagoons, and a palm swamp forest.