When is the best time to go to Costa Rica?

To discover the entire territory of Costa Rica, the best time to visit remains the period between the months of December and April. This is the dry season and the sunny days are plentiful throughout the country. In order to best enjoy the quality of climate and attend numerous cultural events, the preferred months of January, February and March are particularly popular.

Certain areas remain favorable to tourists even during the rainy season, as is the case for the Pacific coast. Those who choose to visit Costa Rica during this period of time can take advantage of attractive hotel offers and can also enjoy the good weather. Surfing enthusiasts can give themselves heart and soul in their passion for the waves. With the rising wind, the Pacific coast is agitated by strong waves that meet the ideal conditions for surfing. In addition, the religious holidays present an opportunity to engage in the enthusiasm with the residents and are equally a grand time for sharing and conviviality.

So, when is the best time to go to Costa Rica? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Costa Rica, the weather is good everywhere in January, February, March and December
  • The best months to go to San Jose are January, February, March, April and December
  • On average, the warmest months in San Jose are January, February, March, April and May
  • The rainiest months in this city are June, July, August, September and October
  • The cities with the best climate are Puerto Limón, Guacimo, Guapiles and Siquirres, with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Puerto Limón

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Costa Rica for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month
January 68°F to 85°F
23%
February 68°F to 86°F
25%
March 70°F to 85°F
27%
April 72°F to 86°F
50%
May 70°F to 86°F
83%
June 70°F to 85°F
89%
July 68°F to 85°F
87%
August 70°F to 85°F
83%
September 70°F to 85°F
90%
October 68°F to 85°F
88%
November 68°F to 83°F
72%
December 67°F to 83°F
39%
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Costa Rica by cities

San Jose

Best time to go to San Jose

The best months to go to San Jose je %MONTH% are january, february, march, april and december.

Montezuma

Best time to go to Montezuma

The best months to go to Montezuma je %MONTH% are january, february, march, april and december.

Puerto Limón

Best time to go to Puerto Limón

The best months to go to Puerto Limón je %MONTH% are january, february, march, april, may, august, september, october, november and december.

Puntarenas

Best time to go to Puntarenas

The best months to go to Puntarenas je %MONTH% are january, february, march, april, november and december.

Tamarindo

Best time to go to Tamarindo

The best months to go to Tamarindo je %MONTH% are january, february, march, april, may, july, november and december.

Alajuela

Best time to go to Alajuela

The best months to go to Alajuela je %MONTH% are january, february, march, april and december.


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Climate and Weather in Costa Rica

In the heart of Central America, between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica portrays a wide variety of climate, depending on one's location. Overall, Costa Rica weather experiences a climate ranging from tropical humidity to tropical Pacific temperatures, while passing through a rather temperate zone in the center of the country. Like any tropical region, Costa Rica also experiences a dry season between the months of December and April as well as a rainy season, which lasts from May to November. The latter is often the opportunity to experience very hot weather.

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The Climate on the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica

On the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica, the climate is humid and tropical. It is very hot most of the time and a humidity that is difficult to withstand reigns most of the time, especially during the rainy season. During this period, the rain falls in the afternoon, while the mornings are rather sunny.

The Climate in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

At the heart of the country, Costa Rica experiences a more temperate climate than on the coasts. In San Jose especially, the weather is relatively mild all year round with temperatures rarely dropping below 14° C and climbing generally to around 27° C. This area generally suffers from a little less humidity than Costa Rica and the rest of the country. People tend to say that this part of the country has the chance to enjoy an eternal spring! In the mountains however, the temperatures can drop significantly, offering a vast difference between daytime and nighttime.

Climate in Costa Rica on the Coast of the Pacific Ocean

The climate in Costa Rica on the Pacific coast is tropical. Here, the summers are very hot and the rainy season is particularly pronounced, as it is in Montezuma or Puntarenas. The southern part of the Pacific coast is the wettest when the rainy season arrives. However, if the rain continues to fall in the afternoon, one must withstand very high temperatures.


Temperatures and rainfall in Costa Rica

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Costa Rica and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of San Jose, Montezuma, Puerto Limón, Puntarenas and Tamarindo, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

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Where to go in Costa Rica?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
San Jose77°F79°F81°F81°F77°F77°F76°F77°F76°F76°F74°F76°F
Montezuma90°F92°F94°F94°F90°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F86°F86°F
Puerto Limón86°F86°F88°F90°F90°F92°F90°F90°F92°F90°F90°F88°F
Puntarenas92°F94°F95°F95°F92°F88°F90°F88°F88°F86°F86°F88°F
Tamarindo90°F92°F94°F95°F94°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F
Alajuela81°F83°F85°F85°F81°F79°F79°F79°F79°F77°F77°F79°F
Escazu77°F79°F81°F81°F77°F77°F76°F77°F76°F76°F74°F76°F
Heredia77°F79°F81°F81°F77°F77°F76°F77°F76°F76°F74°F76°F
La Cruz88°F90°F92°F94°F92°F92°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F
Liberia (Guanacaste)90°F94°F95°F97°F94°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F
Monteverde92°F94°F95°F95°F92°F88°F90°F88°F88°F86°F86°F88°F
Puerto Jiménez88°F90°F92°F90°F86°F86°F86°F86°F86°F85°F85°F86°F
Quepos88°F90°F90°F88°F86°F85°F85°F85°F85°F83°F85°F86°F
Uvita83°F83°F85°F83°F79°F79°F79°F79°F77°F77°F77°F79°F
Atenas83°F85°F86°F86°F83°F81°F81°F81°F81°F79°F79°F81°F
Belen90°F92°F94°F95°F94°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F
Canas90°F94°F95°F95°F92°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F86°F88°F
Desamparados83°F85°F86°F86°F83°F81°F81°F81°F81°F79°F79°F81°F
Esparza92°F94°F95°F95°F92°F88°F90°F88°F88°F86°F86°F88°F
Guacimo86°F86°F88°F90°F92°F92°F90°F90°F92°F92°F90°F88°F

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Is this weather information for Costa Rica reliable?

Climate data for Costa Rica has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Costa Rica allows us to determine the average for each month in San Jose, Montezuma, Puerto Limón, Puntarenas, Tamarindo, Alajuela, Escazu, Heredia, and 30 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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