Monteverde Cloud Forest in the clouds
Monteverde Cloud Forest in the clouds

When you're planning a trip, you may think that coming during rainy season will put a damper on your trip, but not in Costa Rica! Our rainy season is different than most other places because it doesn't rain all the time, and even though Costa Rica is tiny, the various micro climates experience different intensities of rain. Did you know that rainy season is the perfect time to travel to Costa Rica for white water rafting? Or that this is one of the most beautiful times of the year because all of the forests are luscious and green?

Generally, the weather in Costa Rica is classified as either "high season" or "green season" but these weather patterns differ in areas with varying elevations.

Get to know the real Costa Rica

A lot of travelers avoid the rainy season, but it's one of my favorite times of the year. I like to bounce around puddles and hop along dripping branches. One of the most distinctive aspects of going to Costa Rica during rainy season is that you'll be able to meet more Ticos and get to experience their true way of life. You'll be able to easily get into bars and restaurants, and you shouldn't have trouble finding a stool next to friendly locals.

River on trail from Monteverde to Volcan Arenal
River on trail from Monteverde to Volcan Arenal

Save some money

If you're traveling to Costa Rica on a budget, don't let a little rain get in the way. Rainy season is one of the best times to come here because a lot of hotels lower their rates or offer extended stays for a discounted rate. This may also allow you to get that luxury suite that would normally be way out of your budget!

Embrace the Rain

During rainy season, the water levels get high on some of the rivers, making for ideal conditions to go white water rafting! If you've never tried it, now is the best time. Do you want to get in touch with your inner child? Going on an ATV ride during rainy season is so fun, because there's no way around getting muddy so enjoy it! Or what about going on a canopy tour while refreshing rain droplets fall from the sky? It's a refreshing experience!

Know where to Go

Throughout the country the rainy season varies, so you'll want to check your destination to see what areas experience the season at what times. Most of the country has rainy season between May and November, but areas like Monteverde experience the season from June to September. The Caribbean coast has two shorter rainy seasons between November to January and April to August.

Mist in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Mist in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

A few Tips

Just because its rainy season doesn't mean you won't see any sun! Here in Costa Rica, the sun shines bright during the morning and sometimes into the early afternoon. But you'll want to trek around town prepared for a downfall. Always have a plastic bag handy for your electronics and valuable items, and wear layers.

Come prepared with durable hiking boots or sandals that will work well in the wet conditions your feet will thank you! When you're traveling to Costa Rica during the rainy season, you want to avoid jeans and nice items of clothing make sure to pack clothes that are quick-drying. You'll end up getting wet and maybe muddy but that's the fun part, isn't it? Leave the blow dryer and makeup at home, or at least plan to save those items for a special night out.

It can be very helpful to have a rental car while you're here, because it will make traveling around the region you're staying much easier.


Thermal steam rising at Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Thermal steam rising at Rincon de la Vieja National Park