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The rain it raineth on the just And also on the unjust fella: But chiefly on the just, because The unjust steals the just’s umbrella. ~ Sands of Time, Lord Bowden, 1835-1894

As in most Central American countries, you can choose your climate in Costa Rica not so much by moving north or south, but by changing your altitude. You could also change your attitude, but that’s a different story.

The beach communities at sea level on both coasts can be very hot and humid, while the climate of the Central Valley, for example, at 1,500 meters/4,934 feet, is spring-like year-round. Unlike most of North America, Costa Rica has only two seasons: the rainy season, which runs from May to November, and the dry season, from December through April.

During the rainy season, rain generally falls in the afternoon and evenings; mornings are frequently sunny and bright. And, depending on your location, it doesn’t necessarily rain every day. Then again, we once sat through a solid three-day downpour deep in the rainforest. The sound that heavy raindrops make on the thick foliage of the forest is hypnotic and reassuring that life goes on. In the dry season clouds can also roll in and precipitate, especially in the afternoons.

The dry season is Costa Rica’s summer, a more popular time with tourists. The rainy season is the winter, though there is little difference between the summer and winter temperatures. The intense rainfalls you may encounter in winter are known as temporales, while the soft rains of March are known as aguaceros de cafeleros, or coffee grower’s showers. Overall, Costa Rica’s climate is a very pleasant “tropical,” with an average temperature of 22°C (72°F).


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