What’s Costa Rica like to visit in March?

Costa Rica weather in March

Avg. temperature: 28°C / 82°FSun: 12 Hrs per day
Rain: 6 mm per monthAvg. humidity: 78%

For most of the Northern Hemisphere you might expect Spring to just have sprung, but for those of you visiting Costa Rica in March, it is the height of summer. 12 hours of glorious sunshine sweep the country during the heart of the dry season, with not a cloud in the sky on the beautiful Pacific Coast. 

Even the wetter Caribbean Coast experiences far less rain, though you can count on a shower or two most afternoons to cool you off from the beating sun.

Costa Rica’s temperature in March makes for the perfect time to enjoy some of the best beaches the country has to offer. Not unbearably hot, but rather comfortably warm, the soft sand just begs to be bathed on for the ultimate relaxing retreat.

What to do in Costa Rica in March

Costa Rica’s capital commemorates Saint Joseph on 19 March each year. San Jose comes to life – well, even more so than usual – with vibrant parades and religious festivities, not to mention local traditions such as Costa Rican bullfighting. Celebrations extend throughout the whole country as Costa Rican’s come together to honour San Jose’s patron saint – and you’re invited, too!

Every year on the second Sunday in March, Costa Rica celebrates agricultural traditions with the Oxcarts Parade. A proud salute to agriculture of the past and celebration of the evolution of the industry, flamboyantly decorated oxcarts, every colour of the rainbow and more, are paraded through San Antonio de Escazu’s town pulled by oxen.

Easter is Costa Rica’s biggest celebration of all, and if it falls in March you’re in for a real treat. The Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday – Semana Santa – is one of the busiest weeks of the Costa Rican calendar, bringing together locals for days of festivities and tourists are invited to join the celebrations.

The cities begin to empty and the beaches flood with people from across the globe, ready to experience a unique party in honour of the country’s religious heritage. Towns and churches organise masses and colorful processions, and parades and festivals are aplenty throughout Costa Rica. The beaches play host to parties like no other and, given Costa Rica’s March weather, there is no greater place to be to watch the merriment unfold.

If you’re travelling during a festival, be extra prepared and book your accommodation in advance to beat the crowds!

Costa Rica is a playground for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies with its exotic landscape playing host to some of the most exciting escapades imaginable.

Hiking and horseback riding, trekking through rainforests and rafting through rapids; to name but a few of the best things to do in Costa Rica in March. If you want to cool off from the dry, hot climate, Costa Rica is rife with waterfall walks white water rafting to help take the edge off.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is bursting with activities to enjoy during the summer months including skywalks, zip lining and hiking trails.

Hotels in Costa Rica in March

Since so many travellers are visiting Costa Rica in March, be sure to plan ahead and secure some top notch accommodation in preparation for your trip. But be warned – with so much on offer, from mountain lodges to luxury villas, all inclusive resorts to remote forest cabins, it won’t be an easy decision! Rest assured, whatever your budget and whatever your plan, Costa Rica caters for all. From adventurous escapes and trekking trips to exclusive beach hideaways and relaxing retreats, this country has something for everyone. 

Where to go in Costa Rica in March

Costa Rica has two seasons; the dry season from December to April, and the wet season from May to November. Costa Rica’s March weather is the height of summer at its very finest; not too hot, and not at all cool.

Some of the best places to visit in Costa Rica in March to soak up that summer sun include Playa Hermosa, Tamarindo and Playa Avellanas on the Pacific Coast. With their sun-soaked beaches and wonderful sea waves they make for the perfect spots to bask in the rays and take a dip when it’s time to cool off.

Some of the best beaches in Costa Rica in March lay on the stunning less-visited Caribbean Coast. Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo are just a couple of examples of spectacular seaside escapes.

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