When is the best time to go to San José?

When is the best time to go to San José? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in San José are January, February, March, April and December
  • On average, the warmest months are January, February, March, April, May and August
  • The rainiest months are May, June, August, September and October

Annual weather in San José

For full information about the climate and weather in San José a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 58°F/77°F
February 59°F/79°F
March 59°F/81°F
April 63°F/81°F
May 65°F/79°F
June 65°F/77°F
July 61°F/76°F
August 61°F/77°F
September 63°F/77°F
October 63°F/76°F
November 61°F/76°F
December 59°F/76°F

Weather and climate in San José

San José enjoys a tropical monsoon climate in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in San José is 77°F (ranging from 76°F in november to 81°F in april). Annual rainfall is 242.2in, with a minimum of 2.6in in february and a maximum of 38.9in in october.
  • Between january and march the climate is beautiful. In average, on the morning it is 59°F and it rains in march about 3in.
  • In the month of april the climate is correct. By early evening, the temperature averages 70°F and it rains about 9.3in each month.
  • Between may and october the climate is the worst possible. At lunchtime, it's 76°F in average and, in october, 28 days of rain are expected.
  • In november the climate is bad. It is for example 76°F as maximum temperature in november and it rains about 62% of the time in november.
  • In the month of december the climate is correct. It is for example 76°F as maximum temperature in december and it rains about 6.8in each month.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in San José

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of San José: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in San José

Find out when San José has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in San José

  • Very low season in San José
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: May, June, September and October.
  • Low season in San José
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: April, July and August.
  • High season in San José
    The number of visitors to San José is high in: January, February, March and November.
  • Peak season in San José
    The largest number of tourists visiting San José is during: December.

Figure: Visitor index for San José month by month

Best time for low prices in San José

Average prices of hotels in San José month by month

Generally, July is the month with the lowest hotel prices in San José. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, February is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to San José

A return flight between London and San José is generally cheaper if you go in april ($ 716 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 314 more for your airline ticket to San José if you go in july.

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Average price of hiring a car in San José

On average, it costs $ 46 per day to hire a car in San José. This price varies by $ 34 depending on the month. In october, hiring a car costs an average of $ 32 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in february is $ 65.

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