March. The third month of the year is the peak of the dry season not only for Costa Rica, but for the rest of the Caribbean as well. During this time, the rains seldom come and temperatures will sometimes soar to uncomfortably hot. There is almost no rain but when it does come, it is in the form of short, little drizzles in the afternoon.
San Jose is most popular around this time as March 19 marks the first day of their patron saint, San Jose. (St. Joseph) This day is religiously followed by the Catholics and is marked with festivities and celebrated with masses all throughout the country. Dia de San Jose, as it is locally called, is an official business, bank and school holiday in the capital.
Another festival that occurs during March is Dia de los Boyores or the Oxcart Driver’s day. It occurs every second Sunday of March and is celebrated by a long procession of colorful and exotic looking oxcarts. Each oxcart is intricately designed and hand painted, making the event a real photographer’s treat. The holiday is further commemorated with an oxcart driving competition accompanied by street dancing, dainty traditional costumes, and delicious food all at San Antonio de Escazu.
Depending on the when the Holy Week is, March is generally considered the onset of low season. The tourist population begins to thin out, hotel rates drop and along with it, the prices of goods also get a markdown. However, when Holy Week occurs during the month of March, the opposite is bound to happen and peak season gets extended for a few weeks more.