When to come to Costa Rica

When to come to Costa Rica

Costa Rica's high season for tourism runs from late November to late April, which coincides almost perfectly with the chill of winter in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

The high season is also the dry season. If you want some unadulterated time on a tropical beach and a little less rain during your rainforest experience, this is the time to come.

During this period (and especially around the Christmas holidays), the tourism industry operates at full tilt - prices are higher, attractions are more crowded, and reservations need to be made in advance.

In recent years, local tourism operators have begun calling the tropical rainy season (May through mid-Nov) the "green season." The adjective is appropriate. At this time of year, even brown and barren Guanacaste province becomes lush and verdant.

During this season it's easy to find or at least negotiate reduced rates, there are far fewer fellow travelers, and the rain is often limited to a few hours each afternoon (although you can occasionally get socked in for a week at a time). A drawback: Some of the country's rugged roads become downright impassable without four-wheel-drive during the rainy season.

Source: Frommer's Travel Guide to Costa Rica