February in Costa Rica is still part of the dry season. Rains still occur but only in a few occasions for both the beaches and the low level region. The mountains however feel the effects of what is locally referred to as: temporales del Atlantico. (This refers to a rainy spell brought about by polar winds from the Gulf of Mexico which picks up heat and moisture.)
Hotels around this month have the tendency to be full as February is part of the peak season. High Season rates are also still in effect for majority of the available accommodations. Because of all this, goods and services are naturally bound to be considerably higher. Traveling in February however, is best as it will bring none of the hassles brought about by the holidays but will still guarantee tourists the perfect Costa Rican weather the country is most famous for.
The lowlands in February has an average temperature of 70 to 80 degrees; somewhat warm but still not uncomfortable so. The highlands on the other hand, offer a cooler temperature with a variance of 10 – 20 degrees from its beach counterparts. Precipitation during this month sees an average of a 4mm difference from the month preceding it and assures a bit more moisture in the air.
The province of Puntarenas holds the country’s largest festival, the ‘Queen of Costa Rican Carnivals’ at this time of the month. This town is located at the Pacific front, making for a perfect formula for merrymaking – sand and sun. Puntarenas holds this annual holiday for 10days in a row, starting with the crowning a local beauty as Carnival Queen and then eventually closing the festivities with bands, floats and samba routines. The height of the celebrations usually start on the first day of the last weekend where the streets come to life and burst with color with a procession from the Balneario Municipal to the Paseo de los Turistas.