Dubbed the green season by travel industry experts, Costa Rica’s rainy season corresponds with the low tourism period. Locals know these wetter months have several intrinsic perks, but why should travelers consider May through November a prime window for a romantic or family-themed Costa Rica vacation? Here are some compelling reasons why you should plan your visit in the next five months!
Afternoon showers bring the countryside to life
Anyone who has visited during Costa Rica’s high season knows how parched the landscape can be – particularly around the beach towns of Guanacaste province. Regular showers transform brown hillsides into an explosion of green, revitalizing the entire countryside. The normally dry and dusty areas around Santa Teresa and Tamarindo become lush and pleasant. And with afternoon rains, tourists can enjoy cooler temperatures along with plenty of time for outdoor pursuits while the morning sun shines. One misconception is that it literally pours all the time, which couldn’t be further from the truth! Thunderstorms are generally limited to the afternoons and some days never see a drop of water.
Wildlife abounds during the green season months
Vacationers of all ages come for the wildlife. While it’s true that most of Costa Rica’s captivating creatures can be observed year-round, sea turtles are especially prevalent during the rainy season months as they trudge up to shores for their annual or bi-annual nesting. Want to witness hundreds of Olive Ridleys storming a beach en masse? Then head to the isolated shores of Ostional Wildlife Refuge for an unforgettable experience. On the Caribbean side, Tortuguero National Park is one of the world’s primary nesting sites for the endangered green sea turtle, which dazzles travelers from July through November.
Better values on airfare and travel
Budget is a key consideration for any holiday, especially when traveling with family. You can save hundreds of dollars by visiting during the off-peak period, and even more if you’re flexible with travel dates and can book at the last minute. Airfare expenses typically drop dramatically during this time. Here are some recent fares from major U.S. hubs:
- $357: Spirit Airlines – NYC to San Jose (Juan Santamaria International Airport SJO)
- $440: Jet Blue – Washington DC to SJO
- $353: Spirit Airlines – Chicago to SJO
Flexibility with last minute planning
Perhaps the main advantage of rainy season travel is the ability to make last minute plans and itinerary changes. No need to book your beach rental or hotel months in advance, as occupancy rates will be low. Explore beaches, parks, butterfly gardens and other popular attractions in relative solitude, as crowds will be minimal.
Incredible Green Season specials on vacation rentals
Don’t let a little damp weather stop you from enjoying low season rates and specials on Costa Rica vacation rentals. Last minute rainy season discounts can mean huge savings on luxurious beach villas in popular destinations such as Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Dominical and Flamingo