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Best time to visit Costa Rica

The best time to visit Costa Rica is between December and May. As the country has a tropical climate, this is the dry season, and is also when temperatures are slightly cooler.

The wet season starts in May and runs through to November.  Mornings are then usually clear with rain in the afternoons; however some roads may become difficult to pass.

 

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Costa Rica

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Arenal

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2984 3188 3188 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 2170 2272 2170 2170 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 2068
Sunshine hours 6 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2229 1195 763 743 2229 38715 44417 42417 37815 40316 32113 29211
Rainy Days 7 5 3 4 14 18 20 21 19 20 18 14
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2781 2882 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2781

Liberia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3290 3290 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 8 7 5 6 5 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 20 60 321 2319 26911 1426 2179 36414 31612 1004 131
Rainy Days 8 6 6 7 17 22 21 21 23 21 13 11
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Manuel Antonio

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 572 281 542 1586 39816 41816 41116 48119 51920 60124 35314 1285
Rainy Days 11 8 7 8 17 22 21 22 22 21 17 14
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882

Monteverde

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2882 2984 2781 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1864 1966 1966 1966 1966 1864 1966 1864 1864 1864
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1305 673 462 532 25510 34213 30212 34013 38315 42317 26210 1847
Rainy Days 10 8 7 10 19 24 23 23 24 23 16 14
Humidity N N L L L N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Puerto Jimenez

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3493 3493 3290 3188 3290 3188 3188 3086 3086 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 2170 2272 2272 2272 2272 2272 2170 2170 2170 2068
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1034 944 1265 2269 41216 40116 41016 47319 51220 68227 51820 2329
Rainy Days 7 5 5 8 19 21 21 23 21 22 18 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882

San Jose (Costa Rica)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1661 1661 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 60 70 90 562 26110 29612 2058 28211 37215 34314 1556 361
Rainy Days 12 9 8 10 19 24 23 24 24 23 18 16
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

San Ramon

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2882 2882 2781 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2577 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 191 110 120 482 28611 33013 26010 34814 41516 41616 1887 572
Rainy Days 8 6 4 7 17 19 21 22 21 21 19 14
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Tamarindo (Costa Rica)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3086 3188 3188 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 7 5 6 5 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 20 60 331 2339 28611 1857 25510 35614 36214 1195 131
Rainy Days 7 5 5 7 17 22 20 21 23 21 13 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882