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Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information

 

Seasons and Weather on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Weather in Costa Rica
Sunshine guarantee from January to April

Dry Season:
The Pacific side of Costa Rica conveniently offers sunshine guarantee when the Northern hemisphere experiences its coldest and darkest time of the year. On the Nicoya Peninsula you can expect brillant sunshine, day after day, from mid December until April.
During this long and pronounced dry season many trees and shrub shed their leaves which makes it easier for eco-tourists to spot animals.
Locals refer to the dry season as summer and this is also the high season for tourism.

Many shops, bars and restaurants are only open in dry season, rates in hotels rise up and will even double around New Year and Easter when national tourists as well spend their vacation on the beach.

Dry Season: Dec - Apr High Season "Summer"
Rainy Season: May - Nov Low Season "Winter"

Sunset in Samara
Sunsets are most colorful during rainy season

Green Season:
Low season starts the week after Easter and soon after the first rainfalls initiate the rainy season.
The tourism industry has dubbed the rainy season from May to August the "Green Season" because in fact it only rains occasionally in the late afternoon.
Costa Rica regulars love this season most of all because the land is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.

 

Costa Rica Rainfall Pattern:

Rainfall pattern of Costa Rica

Rainy Season:
The real rain months are September and October when it is sometimes difficult to get around and many hotels and businesses are closed. However, this time can still be great for vacation in Costa Rica. It's the least busy and touristic time of the year, when locals always have time for a chat and nature has become a lush jungle full of orchids and butterflies.

Mid November trade winds from the north-east mark the end of the rainy season. The following months these offshore trade winds, called Papagayo, relief the heat of the dry season and provide perfect surf conditions.


Average rainfall per month on the Nicoya Peninsula:

Monthly rainfalls on the Nicoya Peninsula