Weather Seasons and Beaches

Costa Rica weather and ClimateCosta Rica Weather and Climate

Costa Rica literally translates to ‘rich coast’ and no other country could be more aptly named. With this country’s location just a few degrees above the equator, Costa Ricas Climate, weather and seasons offers a diverse environment – lush, verdant forests as well as perfect and pristine beaches with year round Tropical temperatures

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This is just one of the many things that make Costa Rica the perfect holiday retreat. Strategically located near the equator, this country enjoys perfect tropical weather all year long. Seasons come in basically two kinds: dry and rainy or what is fondly called the ‘green season’. Dry seasons come during the months of December and April. They are called such because the rains rarely come during these months. The green season, so called because the rain makes the plants grow and blossom – lasts for much longer, from May until November.

Costa Rica boasts of the perfect weather – having summers that are not too hot and rainy seasons that are never too cold. Extreme weather conditions do not exist in this haven. Temperatures average between 18 – 28 degrees Celsius 70-85 degrees  all year round. Even National Geographic lists this down as one of the best climates the world over.

The green season, as tourists will find, still offers loads of sunshine while tempering it with a few doses or rain. Costa Rica’s rainy season is not really all rainy – it is just the season when you are bound to get a few drizzles here and there.

The Beaches

Costa Rica offers much for the avid traveler. The coastlines are dotted with beaches that offer the ultimate respite for the world – weary. The country itself is sandwiched by two great bodies of water – the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, both of which give Costa Rican beaches the acclaim of having one of the best beaches in Latin America, if not the whole world.

Costa Rica has three provinces located along the coastline: Guanacaste and Puntarenas both of which face the Pacific and Limon, located at the tip of the Caribbean. The beaches are classified according to the body of water they face but since the Pacific is wide and vast, the beaches there are further divided into three groups.

Caribbean

  • Limon – Puerto Limon holds the country’s main tourist area. It has the busiest and most dynamic nightlife as well as a seaport that transacts both locally and overseas. The pride of this province stems from the fact that the beaches surround the only coral reef within miles of the Caribbean.
  • Cahuita – This is a beach that is located near Limon and houses Costa Rica’s Natural Park that conserves marine life and helps protect the coral reef.
  • Puerto Viejo – This is the place next to Cahuita that contains beaches and exclusive hotels. It is less famous than Puerto Limon thus offering more intimacy and privacy.
  • Tortoguero – This is further inland and is composed of a series of canals that hide just behind the sea. Tortoguero is known for its lodges and colorful scenery. Tourists who want to visit the area though may need to charter a flight as this province can only be reached by plane or boat.
  • Barra del Colorado – This province is well loved by leisure fishermen for its abundant fishing holes and lavish fishing lodges. Like Tortoguero, this is located further inland and will require travel by boat or plane.

Pacific

North Pacific

  • Guanacaste – literally translated, this means Golden Coast (as opposed to Gold Coast in Australia). Guanacaste features some of the country’s best resorts and is very popular among tourists.

Central Pacific

  • Nicoya Peninsula – The Nicoya peninsula covers several known land areas of Costa Rica such as Montezuma, Naranjo and Cabo Blanco. This province is somewhat challenging to reach but otherwise a very delightful destination in Costa Rica. It is most popular among young visitors for its air of mystery and adventure, and surfing.
  • Puntarenas or Punta Arenas may be translated to mean sand point. The old seaport is located here, prior to the transfer to Limon. This place is known for its wide variety of restaurants as well the many beaches, hotels and boardwalks it has.
  • Jaco – Jaco is an hour away from Puntarenas and is also a two hour drive from the nation’s capital, San Jose. The beaches here are most popular among surfers as the tides are strong and constant.
  • Manuel Antonio – One of Costa Rica’s most popular Nature Parks is located here although it is also one of the smallest. Manuel Antonio’s claim to fame is the presence of a lot of natural beaches set against a verdant and green landscape.
  • Quepos – is a Barra del Colorado counterpart. This land is the fishing capital for Costa Rica’s Pacific beaches.

South Pacific

  • Osa Peninsula – This province contains Costa Rica’s largest natural park. It is located on the southernmost tip of the country, facing the Pacific. A lot of beaches can be found in this coastline.
  • Corcovado – Corcovado’s list of activities are endless. This place highlights whale watching, kayaking and scuba diving along its waters. Tourists may also opt to join rain forest tours as well as exploration on local landmarks such as the Isla de Cano.