Costa Rica Travel Guide

In Costa Rica, rainforest dominates the landscape, the wildlife is abundant, and extraordinary jungle adventures are essential. Thick tangles of trees pause only to give room for volcanoes, lakes and cascading waterfalls. Here, you can hike to the top of a volcano, cruise down a river, surf the many waves then top off your day with a dip in a hot spring. Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica!

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When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    November to May

    The best time to visit Costa Rica is from late November through early May when the country boasts dry, cooler weather, with December through April seeing the most traffic. If you’re looking for fewer crowds, January might be your best bet, right after the holiday peak ends and family vacationers have gone back to their regular routine. Chances to see the humpback whales from the north in January are high, so be sure to schedule a whale watching tour. Fiestas of Santa Cruz and Fiesta of the Diablitos are the two must-see events during this time.

  2. Low Season

    June to October

    From June through October, Costa Rica is at its warmest. On the other hand, the country is at its wettest in June, September and October. If you’re on a budget and you don’t mind a little precipitation, come for a visit during the Green Season from May through August when there are less rain and the country is incredibly lush. This season is best for wildlife viewing while July and August are great months to see the southern humpback whales, so don a raincoat and brave the weather. If you don’t mind the rain, September and October offer the cheapest rates.

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