By Angelica Troeder
Costa Rica is one of the most visited countries in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2015, over 2.6 million tourists came to frolick in the country’s cities, beaches, and rainforests. Visiting when the sun is out all day is what most travelers prefer, but what about when it’s Costa Rica’s rainy season? Is the rain a damper or does it add to the adventure? To fill you in, the rainy season is roughly from May through November and visiting during that time can be the best time to go.
Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Costa Rica in rainy season:
- Rainy Season is Green Season
Sunny days may be beautiful but Costa Rica is actually very dry and brown outside of rainy season! Much of the land dries up and does not look like what the world and social media has shown it to be. To see the luscious greens and rolling green hills we see in photos, you have to visit when it rains. Otherwise, you will be disappointed.
- Nature at Its Best
Not only will the lands be green, but the rainforest adventure you have been picturing comes to life in rainy season. Huge green leaves, lush trees, and bountiful plants will be everywhere.
If you love a good storm, then you will get to watch plenty during Costa Rica’s rainy season. Get your camera out or turn off the lights and grab a bag of popcorn. Some of the best lightning and thunder occurs during these months and if sun does peek out, a rainbow is sure to show.
- Cooler temperatures
Although humidity comes with rain, the temperatures will cool down in the day and night compared to high season. This will make it more comfortable for everyone, especially if you hate sweating after a day at the beach. Sleeping becomes a bit easier also as you might not need the air conditioning some nights.
- Less Crowds
During rainy season, you can have more room and more of everything for you. There are less crowds overall, which means it is faster to get around and do what you like. Excursions will not fill up as quickly and if you go out to a popular club or restaurant, chances are your service will be much quicker too.
- Less Expensive
With the rain and less clouds come lower prices. It is cheaper to fly to Costa Rica during rainy season and hotels drop their prices. There still is a cost, as nothing is free, but you can get a better deal and put your savings aside for something else. Negotiate on the prices also in town, especially for locally sold food on the streets and tours.
- The Waterfalls
Back to nature – we could never forget the waterfalls. During dry season, they are smaller and those cool pools you want to plunge into may not even exist. During rainy season is when the waterfalls are at their fullest size. Find one, grab a rope, and jump in for a swim.
- The Rivers
Some of the best activities in Costa Rica include white water rafting, kayaking, and going for walks in the mud! Without rain, many of these activities would be impossible and some of the rivers dry up too much in the dry season. When it’s raining, these rivers are flowing and so are you with them.
- Ripe Fruits
This is the time of the ear when the fruits of Costa Rica ripen and are at their juiciest. June is the best time to eat their mango. Also try their papaya, cas, and guaba fruits which are available usually at the beginning of summer.
- Surfing the Waves
If you are a surfer, then surfing is at its peak in Costa Rica during the rainy season. Waves are plentiful, larger, and easier to find at the beaches. It gets much more calm in the dry season when some beaches can be like bays with almost no water. Catch those waves and hang ten.
- Turtle Watching
Although wildlife is around year-round in Costa Rica, the rainy season is a special time for the turtles. It is easier to catch them mating and their eggs hatch in September. The most famous are the arribadas in Ostional where the turtles take up the entire beach usually and there is hardly any space to walk!
Have you visited Costa Rica in rainy season? What would you most look forward to doing while there?
All images in this article are by Angelica Troeder.