Best Time to Travel to Costa Rica

The dry season, or high season as it is known, runs from December through to April and marks a great time of year for Costa Rica holidays; the weather is warm and dry and the wildlife is easier to spot due to more concentrated groups of species surrounding water sources. In addition, the days are longer allowing you more time to explore this beautiful country.

The downside of taking your Costa Rica holidays at this time of year is its influx of tourists which make everywhere much busier; reservations are harder to come by, queues double, and prices are hiked up. Christmas through to the first week in January is a particularly busy time, as is Easter, because Ticos join the hordes of international travellers, especially on the beaches.  

The rest of the year is dubbed the green season (or the rainy period, or just plain winter). During this time you can expect to see a considerable amount of rain, particularly in the forests. However, the showers don’t tend to last all day so make the most of the sun when it’s out!

Things to Do in Costa Rica

There are many things you can see and do on Costa Rica holidays throughout the year. Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive list, it can act as a starting point for planning your adventure.

  • Volcano Hiking

The Arenal volcano is one of the most popular places in Costa Rica and quite rightly so; with its stunning lava flows, regular fire belching shows, and smoking boulders, it really is like something out of another world. For the more adventurous traveller, there are hikes that snake their way up the volcano offering breathtaking views and a closer look at this incredible natural beauty. Alternatively, you can just enjoy the views of Arenal itself! If you are a volcano lover your exploration doesn’t have to stop at Arenal; you can also visit Poas and Irazu which are equally as beautiful.

  • Canopy tours

For an innovative way to experience Costa Rica, why not try a canopy tour? This activity has proven to be hugely popular in the country in recent years and is a great way to see the sights of Costa Rica from a height.

  • Coffee tours

Costa Rica is famous for its coffee which, before its influx of tourism, was its main economical driving force. Today, you can wander around coffee farms and experience for yourself the traditions behind this all important commodity whilst learning more about the history and culture of the region.

  • Hit the beach

Costa Rica holidays aren’t complete without a trip to the beach and the country is a hugely popular destination for both international and local travellers wanting to kick back and relax with a dose of sun, sea and sand. But it doesn’t have to be a lazy affair; beach equals water which also means there are an array of water sports and more energetic activities to keep your adventurous side happy. Try surfing, sailing, scuba diving, and snorkelling against a backdrop of beautiful jungle surroundings.

  • Warm up in the hot springs

Because of its large number of volcanoes, Costa Rica is also home to a variety of luxurious hot springs and spas. Hit the natural pools after a hard day’s hiking to soothe your aching muscles.

  • Discover nature

Costa Rica holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and the number of animal and plant species is astounding. For the ultimate wildlife adventure, head into the rainforests to spot some truly exotic creatures. Alternatively, visit one of the many national parks and take a walk amongst the vibrant wildlife. If you’re not a fan of walking do not fear! Take a nature cruise instead where you can meander through wetlands and mangroves spotting an array of different species without having to move a muscle.