Costa Rica's climate by region

  • Weather
  • Temperature (celsius)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Pacific CoastSunSunSunSunSunSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsShowersShowersShowersSunny Intervals
Caribbean CoastSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsShowersShowersSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSun
Central ValleysSunSunSunSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsShowersSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsShowersShowersSunny IntervalsSunny Intervals
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Pacific Coast282829292928282727272727
Caribbean Coast272728282828282829292828
Central Valleys252627272625252424242424
Puerto viejo beach

Pacific Coast

The dry season on the Pacific coast runs from December to April. There still may be afternoon showers during this period, but we’re pretty sure you’ll welcome these because they really do clear the air. There’s also usually a gentle ocean breeze to keep you refreshed while you laze on the beach. From May to November the rain falls more regularly and during September and October the swells are perfect for surfers. The further south you travel on the Pacific Coast, the more rain you’re likely to see.

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Woman on Manuel Antonio beach

Caribbean Coast

Along the Caribbean coast, the temperature is around 28°C throughout the year. There is no real dry or wet season. The climate is influenced by winds and weather conditions on the Atlantic Ocean. When it rains it is in the form of short, heavy tropical downpours and shouldn’t affect your enjoyment at all. There is less rain in January, February and March and from August-September there is a short dry period. If it does rain, the day usually starts bright and the rain comes late in the afternoon.

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Costa Rica central valley waterfall

Central Valleys

Central Costa Rica including San Jose is known invitingly as ‘The Land of Eternal Spring’. It’s fresh, mild and almost impossibly green. The actual temperature and rainfall depends on your height above sea level. From 600 to 1650 metres, which includes San Jose, Monteverde Cloudforest and Arenal Volcano, the average daytime temperature is a balmy 25°C. Again, it can rain anytime, but that’s all part of the magic. The highlands are much cooler, so you’ll need warmer gear if you’re heading for higher ground, and the temperature drops to about 7°C on the high peaks of the Chirripo and the Irazu volcano.

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  • La Fortuna Arenal Volcano in the background of green shadowed fields on excursion
  • Staff walking over hanging bridge through the sunny jungle on Monteverde exursion
  • Tortuguero river, Costa Rica

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Quiet, sandy bay with fishing boats in the transparent Caribbean sea

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Cloud Forests & Coffee Beans | Costa Rica & Panama

26th October 2014 by Fiona

Follow our Central America Specialist Fiona over volcanoes and through rainforests as she shares highlights from her recent holiday in Costa Rica and Panama.

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