The rains are starting in Costa Rica, and the vegetation comes alive, becoming even more lush and verdant. Certainly, some travelers feel weary about taking a holiday during the rainy season, known as the “Green Season”. There are plenty of reasons to venture here May through November. It´s less crowded and busy, you can get great deals on hotel stays and activities, and the temperature dips a bit, making for cooler weather. Here are just some of the experiences that are even better during this season:
Turtle Season is here
Different species of sea turtles come nest in Costa Rica, on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
- The Green Turtles nest June through October in Tortuguero, Nothern Caribbean.
- The Leatherbacks nest on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
- Playa Grande in Guanacaste
- Gandoca in Limon
- The Olive Ridleys arrive on the Pacific side, mostly July through November.
Come chase waterfalls
The additional rainfall makes waterfalls even more forceful and spectacular. Costa Rica boasts waterfalls deep inside forests, close to the beach and everywhere in between. Some of the most spectacular ones:
- Rio Celeste Waterfall in Guatuso, Guanacaste
- La Paz Waterfall in Alajuela
- Bajos del Toro in Alajuela
Costa Rica´s rivers have rapids to accommodate to all experience and adrenaline levels. During the dry season, white water rafting may be a bit slower and bumpier due to lower water levels. This all changes in the rainy season, and water is fast moving. Stick to a level where you feel safe at, and your tour company will check the water rivers daily and make sure it’s safe before you embark on this wet adventure.
Limon is the exception to the rule
Costa Rica´s varied topography means seasons are different in each region. The Caribbean Coast for example, is less rainy during the months of September and October than the rest of the year. There is much to see and do, with lively music and culture in the coastal town of Puerto Viejo, turtle watching in Tortuguero and Gandoca-Manzanillo protected areas, and beautiful beaches to explore.
Start your day early and get in some sun and a swim before the afternoon showers. Pack a light raincoat, an umbrella and comfortable all terrain shoes and sandals, waterproof your phone and camera with a simple zip-lock bag and you will be ready to enjoy it to the fullest. Embrace the “Green Season” and you will be coming back for it again and again!
Article by Katie Widdowson