Most travellers to Costa Rica tend to come in the ‘dry’ season which runs from December to April, avoiding what is commonly known as the rainy season, from May to November. However their fears about the rain are frequently misguided as the ‘green’ season offers some distinct benefits to vacationers and eco tourists seeking to truly experience Costa Rica’s protected rainforests, such as the well known Manual Antonio National Park. Here are ten reasons why the ‘green’ season is still a great time to visit.
First, it’s not that rainy. It may rain a lot, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see the sun. The typical pattern in the rainy season is to have sunny days and rainy evenings, or a patch of sunny days followed by a few rainy ones. If you avoid the rainiest month of October, you will be assured to still see plenty of sunshine.
Second, it’s the ‘green’ season. To the locals this is the ‘green’ season, not the ‘rainy’ one. More rain means the plants thrive and for nature lovers this is the best part of the year with the dust being swept away, and the jungle’s full lushness coming to the fore.
Third, it’s more economical. Generally costs for just about everything, from the price of the vacation rentals to tours is brought down in the rainy season, making it an easier time of year to visit on your wallet.
Fourth, you’ll be able to avoid the crowds. Anyone who has stood in one of the national parks on a busy ‘high season’ weekend can tell you that it’s hard to enjoy the beautiful beaches and spot animals when the place is overrun by camera wielding tourists. Visiting when there are less crowds make everything from relaxing on the beach to going for a meal a much more pleasant experience.
Fifth, you can sit back and enjoy the show. Thunderstorms in the tropics are an astonishing sight. Much more powerful and dramatic than those in the more temperate regions of the world, these are an astounding display of light and sound. So after a great morning at the beach, lie back on your hammock, sip a cup of Costa Rican coffee, and let the show begin.
Sixth, enjoy your rest. Nothing will lull you to sleep quicker than the soothing sound of rainfall outside whilst you are tucked up safely in your bed.
Seventh, you’ll enjoy more comfortable temperatures. The ‘dry’ season in Costa Rica is hot – REALLY hot, and humid as well. For those who like a more moderate temperature, the few degree drop in the rainy season can make all the difference. The air is still nice and warm, but not oppressive like it can be in the summer months.
Eights, capitalize on mango season. Costa Rica abounds with natural fruit and vegetables, but many of the trees only bear fruit once summer has ended. One example of this is the mangos – if you visit from June onwards, you can literally pick up ripe juicy mangoes off the floor as you go about your day.
Ninth, swimmers and surfers will enjoy better waves. Costa Rica is famed for its killer surfing all along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Although great all year round, the green season is when the swells tend to be bigger, and the surf better.
Tenth, experience rainy season mornings. Dawn after a heavy night of rain is a magical experience in Costa Rica. As the sun is rising and the clouds are clearing, sip your coffee as you watch the jungle glistening with freshness and inhale the fragrant cool air.