To Costa Rica...
What kinds of clothes should I bring?
Bring comfortable, hand-washable clothing. T-shirts
and shorts are acceptable in San José (during the day,
if planning to go out in the evening slacks are highly
recommended as some restaurants won't admit you in shorts
or sandals). Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants
are recommended if you want to avoid sun. Bring a large
hat to block the sun from your face and neck. Pack a
light sweater or jacket for San José's cool nights and
early mornings and for trips up to volcanoes and highlands.
Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are essential if you
plan to do a lot of sightseeing and hiking. Waterproof
hiking sandals or other footwear that lets your feet
breathe are good for strolling about town, and also
for beach walking, fording streams, and navigating the
myriad mudholes you'll find on rain and cloud forest
trails. To get more specific, refer to the information
provided in your itinerary. Also refer to the list of
items we recommend to pack.
is the weather in Costa Rica?
is idyllic. In the lowlands, which are dry in the Pacific
Northwest and humid elsewhere, daytime temperatures
range in the eighties to nineties F° (high twenties
to mid-thirties C°). Usually in the seventies F° (low
to mid-twenties C°) at middle elevations, the mercury
can fall as low as the forties and fifties F° (five
to mid-tens C°) at the top of the mountains. Costa Rica
can be broadly categorized into four major climatic
The wet lowlands:
The Caribbean and the Southern Pacific lowlands have
short dry seasons and high temperatures. Rainfall is
usually lighter along the coast, increasing proportionally
as it moves further inland and altitude increases.
with a dry season:
Most of the Guanacaste province and some of Puntarenas
have high temperatures and a long dry season.
climate: Areas located between 3,000 - 5,000
feet above the sea level, such as the Central Valley,
have defined dry seasons and the most comfortable of
Any area at an altitude higher than 5,000 feet has cooler
temperatures. At altitudes over 10,000 feet, even reaches
the freezing point. The weather is usually humid, with
occasional fog or frost.
for Major Areas:
Central Valley: 1.100-2.500
mm 43-98 inches
Northern Pacific: 1.400-4.300 mm 55-98 inches Central
Pacific: 2.300-4.300 mm 91-169 inches
Southern Pacific: 2.300-4.000 mm 91-157 inches
Atlantic Region: 2.000-4.500 mm 79-177 inches
The Northwest has
a fairly well-defined dry season from December to April.
The dry season is a month or two shorter along the southern
Pacific coast. July also tends to be a dry month on
the Pacific slope.
Welcome rains during
the rest of the year bring about a general greening
and freshen the countryside. Rains usually come in afternoon
thunderstorms, leaving; the mornings sunny and the night
sky filled with stars. This period is our rainy season
or green season. Rainfall on the Caribbean slope is
more evenly distributed throughout the year, with marked
dry periods from May through June and again from September