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The best time to visit Costa Rica

For a small country, Costa Rica experiences a surprising range of climatic conditions. Low temperatures affect the highlands, the cloud forest is cool with clouds of mist, the Central Valley is blessed with year-round spring-like conditions whilst the coastal regions are hot and steamy throughout the year. The dry season from December to April is generally the best time to visit with far less rain throughout the Central Valley region.

The weather chart shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsuis and the average monthly precipitation.

Costa Rica Seasons

Costa Rica enjoys a mainly tropical climate year round and the country can really be divided into two seasons. Verano (Autumn) and Invierno (Winter). Verano lasts from December to May and is the driest time of year. Invierno is May to November and sees a lot of the rainfall. In some places it rains constantly. The middle slopes (northeast) of the Central Cordillera mountains see the lion’s share of the rainfall with over 5000mm falling annually. There tends to be more humidity on the Caribbean side of the country rather than the Pacific.

Costa Rica Climate | San Jose

Temp Min °C141415171717171616161413
Temp Max °C242426262726252626252524
Rainfall (mm)155204622924121124130530014541

Costa Rica Climate | Tortuguero

Temp Min °C222222232323232323232322
Temp Max °C282828292929282830292828
Rainfall (mm)310210200270280280410290140180370400
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