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The Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

The best time to visit Costa Rica is January after the holiday peak season tourist crowds head home and prices drop.  The rains end in December but the rainforests remain lush into the new year while dry sunny weather prevails on the beaches.

It’s one of the best times for wildlife when tropical species like monkeys and sloths are joined by migrant birds from the north, humpback whales giving birth in the warm waters, and sea turtles nesting on shore.

Another excellent answer to the question “when is the best time to go to Costa Rica?” would be July and August when there’s a bit more rain but even fewer visitors and lower prices.  In fact there’s no bad time to go.  It really depends on what your travel goals and priorities are.

This graph shows relative costs, amount of rainfall and size of the crowds to help determine when to take your vacation.


Crowds, Costs and Other Factors?

There used to be distinct high and low travel seasons in Costa Rica but the secret is out.  July and August are as popular as December.  Discounts have shrunk or even disappeared.

There are still cost differences depending on dates.  For example, Christmas and Easter peak weeks are nearly twice as expensive as the average and the shoulder months (May/June and  Sept./Oct./Nov.) are uncrowded with price breaks available.

If you’re going to travel over Christmas or Easter you should book about a year in advance for the best selection and some places are filled even further in advance.  Shifting your travel by a few days away from the holidays can make a huge difference.

If there are other factors you’re wondering about let us know and we’ll do our best to help figure out the best time to go.


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