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Best time to visit Costa Rica

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The best time to visit Costa Rica is December-April

While Costa Rica is a popular destination to visit all year round, December-April is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

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!

Warmest month

April

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

March

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:

SeasonMonths
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.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
JacoFebruary-April
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
LiberiaJanuary
31℃
22℃
32℃
22℃
34℃
23℃
35℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
31℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
23℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
LimonMarch
28℃
23℃
28℃
23℃
28℃
23℃
29℃
24℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
29℃
24℃
28℃
23℃
MonteverdeDecember
28℃
22℃
28℃
22℃
29℃
23℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
29℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
31℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
29℃
24℃
28℃
23℃
Puerto ViejoFebruary-April
26℃
15℃
27℃
15℃
28℃
16℃
28℃
17℃
26℃
18℃
25℃
18℃
25℃
17℃
25℃
17℃
24℃
18℃
24℃
18℃
24℃
17℃
25℃
16℃
QueposDecember-March
28℃
20℃
29℃
21℃
29℃
21℃
29℃
22℃
27℃
22℃
26℃
21℃
26℃
21℃
26℃
21℃
26℃
21℃
25℃
21℃
26℃
21℃
27℃
21℃
San JoseFebruary-April
24℃
14℃
25℃
14℃
26℃
14℃
26℃
16℃
24℃
17℃
23℃
17℃
23℃
16℃
23℃
16℃
23℃
16℃
22℃
16℃
23℃
15℃
23℃
14℃
Santa TeresaMarch-April
27℃
19℃
29℃
19℃
30℃
20℃
32℃
21℃
32℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
31℃
22℃
30℃
21℃
28℃
21℃
27℃
20℃
TamarindoMarch
31℃
22℃
32℃
22℃
34℃
23℃
35℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
31℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
23℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
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Top FAQs

Costa Rica is in North America.
The warmest month of the year in San Jose, one of the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica, is April.
The driest month of the year in San Jose, Costa Rica, is usually around February each year.

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