Visiting Costa Rica? You have found my personal notes and travel tips, such as the best time to visit Costa Rica and miscellaneous facts which I obtain from a variety of sources such as first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth.
Best Time to Visit Costa Rica
Short Answer: Pacific Side: December through April and around July except for the Caribbean Side of Costa Rica where September and October are best. If you don’t mind crowds, December and January are still green and nice weather.
Longer Answer: The dry season is generally from sometime in November or early December to sometime in April. However, within that time frame are popular points such as Christmas to New Years, Spring Break and Easter. As such, to avoid the crowds and have nice weather, mid-November to mid-December. You can also cut the rates and traffic by May (avoiding any Spring Break parts or Easter in April).
Further, there is nothing wrong with going to Costa Rica during wet season as prices are lower and the foliage green and alive. Avoid July 1 to July 15 as it is a local school holiday time. July and August usually experience a lull in the rain in parts, so mid-July through August is a good time. Generally in the wet season it will rain in the afternoon so you have time to do what you want in the day.
September and October are not generally a good time to visit unless you are vacationing along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastline. In that case, you should shoot for February, March, April, September or October, with September and October being a great time to visit. The Caribbean side often has rain at night and into the morning.
One other note, roads can be in even worse condition than usual in rainy season so you might want to take that into account. Roads on the Caribbean side are often pretty shoddy.
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for Costa Rica