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Weather

There are nearly 40 different climate zones in Costa Rica. They essentially fall into four categories; Rain Forests, Seco or Dry Forests, Cloud Forests and Beaches. The climates, or what Costa Ricans refer to as "Life Zones" you are experiencing can change within short distances, which is why EcoCostaRicaTravel.com recommends that you pack for all four zones (see Clothing Section).

Costa Rica has 2 seasons: Rain and Less Rain. For point of reference when selecting a place to stay most hotels, resorts, or casitas will refer to "Green" or "High" Season to identify the rainfall that you can anticipate. Rain is common all year long with the rainiest months being September and October. Typically the sun rises at 5:45am and sets at 5:45pm all year round. The coolest months are generally November, December and January while the hottest months are March, April and May so remember your sunscreen should you chose to visit during the warmest period. The mountainous areas are generally quite cooler any time of year with temperatures reaching only 65 during the day and high 40's to low 50's at night, while the rainforests are hot and humid.


  • Guanacaste (Liberia, Tamarindo, Playa del Coco) – Dry season: little rain, lots of sunshine from December to April. Temperatures range from the low 70's to the mid 90's. Rainy season: rainfall averages 7080 inches from May to November. Temperatures range from the low 70's to the mid 80's.

  • Nicoya Peninsula (Mal País, Montezuma, Samara) – Dry season: little rain, lots of sunshine from December to April. Temperatures range from the low 70's to the mid to upper 90's. Rainy season: rainfall averages 6070 inches from May to November. Temperatures range from the low to mid 70's.

  • Central Pacific (Manuel Antonio, Jacó, Puntarenas) – Dry season: little rain, lots of sunshine from December to April. Temperatures range from the mid 80's to the low 90's. Rainy season: rainfall averages 140150 inches from May to November. Temperatures range from the low to mid 70's. Rainfall averages double in mountains in higher elevation.

  • South Pacific (Osa Peninsula, Dominical, Corcovado) – Dry season: little rain, lots of sunshine from December to April. Temperatures range from the upper 80's to low 90's. Rainy season: rainfall averages 90100 inches from May to November. Low temperatures are generally in the low 70's year around.

  • Northern Lowlands (Arenal, Sarapiquí Valley) – Dry season: little rain, lots of sunshine from December to April. Temperatures range from the mid to upper 80's. Rainy season: rainfall averages 90100 inchest from May to November. Temperatures range from upper 60's to low 70's.

  • Central Highlands (Monteverde, San Ramón, Tilarán) – The weather here in this mountainous area on average, is about 74 degrees year round, with rainfall averages of up to 120130 inches during May to November.

  • Central Valley (San José, Grecia, Santa Ana) – Dry season: little rain, lots of sunshine from December to April. Temperatures range from the low 60's to the upper 70's. Rainy season: rainfall averages 6070 inches from May to November. Temperatures range from low 60's to the mid 70's.

  • Caribbean Coast (Puerto Viejo de Limón, Tortuguero) – Rain is common all year round, averaging 175235 inches a year. Its hot and humid all year with temperatures in the upper 80's and lows in the upper 60's.