Traveling to Costa Rica in Summer

Summertime and the livin’s easy. Costa Rica is renowned for its seemingly endless summers. With temperatures between 70F/21.1C to 80F/26.6C everyday, it’s not difficult to feel the tropical paradise during the summers in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has two seasons, a rainy and a dry season. The rainy season is from April/May to October/November and the dry season is from November/December to April/May. Summer in Costa Rica is unexpectedly more wet than we would generally think of during summertime, but it’s a seasonal time for refreshment and regrowth. A refreshment of nature and a perfect time to refresh your mind and body, you’ll return revitalized from a summer in Costa Rica. 

As the summer months in Costa Rica are a part of the wet season, this tends to be a slower season for tourists. You can have your pick of accommodation and avoid crowds in parks, beaches, and waterfalls. This is also generally considered the best time for surfing in Costa Rica! Summer in Costa Rica is also a prime time to meet locals, as you will find more of them out and socializing without the swarm of tourists, maybe even get invited to a local beach party! 

Hotels in Costa Rica in Summer

Slow season during the summer in Costa Rica means flexibility when reserving accommodation, trust your nomadic instincts and book when it feels right for you. There is no shortage of places to stay and you can even find slow season discounts that will make your summer trip to Costa Rica even more affordable, which means even more enjoyable! 

Weather in Costa Rica in Summer

Summer in Costa Rica may mean rain, but don’t let the term ‘rainy season’ scare you off, it rains mostly in the late afternoon with the mornings and evenings filled with sunshine. In retrospect, the rainy season during the summer in Costa Rica may not be so gloomy after all. In fact, the locals also call this time of year the ‘green season’ this is because every form of vegetation is in its prime, lush and vibrant. Trekking through the rainforest will turn into something unforgettable as the trees appear to come to life after a fresh rainfall. 

Surfing in Costa Rica in Summer 

The rainy season sees the best swells hitting Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, so if you’re planning a surfing trip (or want to learn), this is the time to do it. You’ll have better waves, and an easier time finding accomodation and lessons, even at popular beaches like Tamarindo. And since there are fewer tourists during the rainy season, you can enjoy a less crowded lineup.

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2 thoughts on “Traveling to Costa Rica in Summer”

  1. We have good friends living in Costa Rica!

    Is it a good place to retire in if we decide to leave the USA?
    We are seniors (in our 70’s). How good is the medical system in Costa Rica?
    What is the cost of living? How much should we budget for a typical year (including rental cost, food, entertainment, 2 trips to/from the USA),etc.)?

    1. Hi Gregory and Rosalind!

      Costa Rica is a popular destination for retirees due to its warm climate, natural beauty, and low cost of living. The medical system in Costa Rica is considered to be one of the best in Latin America and is ranked higher than that of the United States. The cost of living can vary depending on where you choose to live and your lifestyle, but it is generally lower than in the United States.

      To get a better idea of what retiring in Costa Rica would be like, I would recommend checking out the following websites:

      International Living – They offer comprehensive information on retiring in Costa Rica, including cost of living, healthcare, and real estate.

      Retire in Costa Rica – This website provides a wealth of information on retiring in Costa Rica, including healthcare, housing, and the lifestyle.

      Numbeo – This website allows you to compare the cost of living in Costa Rica to that of other countries. It provides information on housing, transportation, food, and entertainment.

      Expat Exchange – This website is a forum for expats to share their experiences and advice on living in Costa Rica. You can ask questions and get answers from people who are currently living there.

      When it comes to budgeting for retirement in Costa Rica, it is important to take into account your personal lifestyle and preferences. However, according to International Living, a couple can live comfortably on $2,500 to $3,000 per month. This would cover housing, utilities, food, transportation, entertainment, and healthcare. Of course, if you plan to travel back to the United States twice a year, you would need to factor in the cost of those trips as well.

      I hope this information is helpful in your retirement planning!

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