Best time to visit Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

Best time of year to visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its abundant wildlife, beaches, and volcanoes. This tropical country is washed by the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season from November to April. Early November is the time for Dia de Los Muertos celebration and La Ruta de Los​ Conquistadores, a challenging mountain bike race. The dry season promises prime surfing conditions on the Caribbean coast and good weather for trekking to Poas and Irazu volcanoes. Don't miss out on the "Festival of the Diablitos" in late December, which celebrates the victory of Boruca tribe over Spanish colonisers. The period from May to October brings so-called 'green season' with afternoon rain downpours and lower rates. In July and August the clouds get thinner, whales cross the Pacific waters on their way from Antarctica, and surfing conditions on the Pacific coast are just right.

16 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA RICA (FEBRUARY 01 - FEBRUARY 10)

Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano

January–April • nature

Arenal may be the most visited volcano, but Poas is definitely the most spectacular!

Resplendent Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal

November–April • nature

Used to be called "precious" by Aztecs, resplendent quetzal is considered to be the most beautiful bird on Earth

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–April | August–November • nature

Coasta Rica is one of the greatest places to watch wales

Coffee Harvest

Coffee Harvest

October–February • food

Costa Rica offers some of the best coffee beans in the world

Envision Festival

Envision Festival

unconfirmedFebruary 2022 • event

An annual gathering to promote sustainable development and raise the sense of community

Cashew

Cashew

December–May • food

Cashew nut is topped by paprika-like pseudo fruit and has to be roasted before consumption

Tamarind Fruit

Tamarind Fruit

December–March • food

A huge tree that gives plenty of shade and healthy fruits once in six years

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

November–April • activity

Lake Arenal and Bahia Salinas offer the best winds in Costa Rica

Leatherback Turtles on the Pacific

Leatherback Turtles on the Pacific

September–March • nature

Costa Rica is full of spots to watch turtles during their nesting period

Fishing in Quepos

Fishing in Quepos

December–April • activity

Prime time for anglers to experience tropical water fishing

Surfing

Surfing

May–November (Pacific), December–April (Caribbean) • activity

In Costa Rica you will find some of the best waves on the planet

Papaya

Papaya

December–April • food

One of the largest fruits in Costa Rica

Star Apple or Caimito

Star Apple or Caimito

February–April • food

Sweet and healthy orange-sized fruit

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

January–February • food

Similar to melon, this fruit has hard beige skin, and sweet yellowish flesh

Passion Fruit or Maracuya

Passion Fruit or Maracuya

October–February • food

Sweet fruit is healthy and gives tasty juice

Sapodilla Season

Sapodilla Season

February–May • food

With a thin gray rind and oval in shape, ​this most-liked fruit is larger than a baseball!

32 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

out of rangeSeptember–October • nature

Arenal is Costa Rica's most well-known volcano

La Ruta de Los​ Conquistadores

La Ruta de Los​ Conquistadores

canceledNovember 5–7, 2020 • event

One of the most difficult mountain bike races in the world

Limón Carnival

Limón Carnival

out of rangemid-October • event

Taking place in the port city of Limon, the carnival celebrates nice weather and joy of life

Olive Ridley Turtles

Olive Ridley Turtles

out of rangeAugust–November • nature

Arribada nesting strategy is fun to watch!

Rafting

Rafting

out of rangeMay–November • activity

Discover why Costa Rica is a prime rafting destination

Easter and Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Easter and Holy Week (Semana Santa)

out of rangeMarch 28–April 4, 2021 (limited) • event

The week before Easter is of a huge importance and has plenty of interesting traditions to observe in Costa Rica

El Tope Nacional

El Tope Nacional

out of rangeDecember 26 • event

The biggest horse parade in the country takes place San José with fun activities and traditional attractions

Leatherback Turtles on the North Caribbean

Leatherback Turtles on the North Caribbean

out of rangeMarch–July • nature

Watching turtles is one of the best activities in Costa Rica, especially the largest species

Chirripó Race or Carrera Chirripó

Chirripó Race or Carrera Chirripó

out of rangeMay 15, 2021 • event

Run up the country's highest peak at the annual International Chirripó Race in San Gerardo

Palmares Festival

Palmares Festival

out of rangeJanuary 14–25, 2021 • event

One of the biggest festivals in Costa Rica, it includes two weeks of endless fun

Fiestas Civicas Liberia

Fiestas Civicas Liberia

out of rangeFebruary 25–28, 2021 | March 4–7, 2021 (virtual) • event

A rodeo-like event full of adrenaline and danger

Irazu Volcano

Irazu Volcano

out of rangeMarch–April • nature

The highest active volcano in Costa Rica

Festival of the Diablitos

Festival of the Diablitos

out of rangeDecember 30–January 2 • event

One of the most authentic festivals, it's dedicated to the victory of Boruca tribe over Spanish invadors​

Mango Season

Mango Season

out of rangeMarch–April • food

There are few people who do not like mango, especially in Costa Rica—the mango kingdom

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeAugust–October • nature

Plenty of birds all year round could be watched in Costa Rica, however, ​bird migrations are the real highlight

Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz

Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz

out of rangeJanuary 14–18, 2021 • event

The festival with lots of dancing and music that also honours the Black Christ of Esquipulas

Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar

Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar

canceledJuly 2021 • event

On this day fishing boats and yachts are decorated colourfully in Puntarenas

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

out of rangeNovember 2 • event

Colorful holiday commemorates the deceased

Hawksbill Turtles

Hawksbill Turtles

out of rangeJuly–October • nature

These turtles have a peculiar pattern and beak, and are critically endangered

Eating Iguanas

Eating Iguanas

out of rangeMarch–April • food

What can be more bizarre than the ancient traditions? Only the ancient traditional cuisine choices

Green Turtles

Green Turtles

out of rangeJune–October • nature

One of the most famous and beautiful species that is also regarded endangered

Masquerade Day (La Mascarada)

Masquerade Day (La Mascarada)

unconfirmedOctober 31 • event

An authentic Helloween tradition of Costa Rica

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

out of rangeJune–November • food

This fruit growing on a cactus can be found on trees or rocky terrains

Mamoncillo

Mamoncillo

out of rangeJune–August • food

Also known as Spanish lime, this round fruit is good for juice and a healthy snack.

Parrita Mule Festival

Parrita Mule Festival

out of rangeJanuary 16–26, 2020 • event

Festival Nacional de las Mulas is now one of the biggest in Costa Rica

Mammee Apple

Mammee Apple

out of rangeMay–August • food

An evergreen tree that can grow up to 25 meters gives a large and round fruit

Guanacaste Day

Guanacaste Day

canceledJuly 25 • event

The celebration of Guanacaste’s annexation to Costa Rica

Mandarin Orange

Mandarin Orange

out of rangeNovember–December • food

Similar to orange, but smaller, very juicy and sweet

Orchids

Orchids

out of rangeMay • nature

The symbol of Costa​ Rica, this flower is famous for its beauty and colorful charm. Orchid is the country's pride

Sapote

Sapote

out of rangeJune • food

The large fruit with sweet taste

Reto Jacó Extremo

Reto Jacó Extremo

canceledSpring 2021 • event

The Jaco Extreme Challenge is a run of 10k through the tough area

Independence Day

Independence Day

out of rangeSeptember 15 • event

Widely celebrated, the Independence Day is a central national holiday

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