Summer temperatures in San Jose, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica, can reach a maximum of 29℃ (84℉). The average San Jose temperatures in winter reach lows of around 14℃ (57℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 12℃ (54℉). Other areas in Costa Rica can sometimes get even colder than this – You can check out the climates of other popular destinations below.
If you’re keen to see the sights of Costa Rica during the day, the sun stays up the longest around March. On average it rains the most days in October, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.Keep reading to read all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Costa Rica. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll have found out all there is to know about when to go, and you’ll be ready to start booking your flights! Who knows, we might even have some surprises waiting for you when you get there!
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Costa Rica seasons
Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Costa Rica is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:
|Summer||June to August|
|Autumn/fall||September to November|
|Winter||December to February|
|Spring||March to May|
Best time to visit the top destinations in Costa Rica
We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.
|City||Best time to visit||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec|
Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Costa Rica: