The best time to visit Costa Rica is more often than not considered to be every dry season which runs from December through April. This dry or summer season is addressed by locals as verano. Dry season has rain showers but much fewer compared to the wet season. It is important to know that it is in this season that schools are closed, hence, the town and the destinations are busy and crowded, especially on weekends that even locals gather for some trips. Semana Santa is also expected in this season which means that accommodations are full; hence, tourists should book early.
Another deemed best time to take Costa Rica trips which is opted by some is during winter season, or what the locals call as invierno. This season begins in May. The early months of rainy season is a good time to travel and explore further Costa Rica since this is not a peak season, hence, tourists will be provided enough elbow room in the streets, moreover, accommodation and food are cheaper and more affordable.
However, the downside of this season is that rivers start to swell and roads get slippery which makes the tour more challenging, uncomfortable and inconvenient. Some roads even become closed for public transportation. If you opt to travel at these times, be sure to bring the necessary rain gear such as raincoats and umbrellas.
If surfing is your ultimate passion and your ultimate reason in going to the country, then you should know the best time to visit Costa Rica. Bigger waves occur every rainy season which starts in the month of June. Worst rainy months are in September and October. Ergo, surfers, even how capable they are, should avoid going at these times to avoid drowning. Better waves are expected every November to May, hence, the perfect time for the activity here and elsewhere in Central America.
If taking pleasure in astonishing wildlife is one of your reasons in visiting the country, then the best time to visit Costa Rica is during the turtle season which runs from February to October. Leatherback turtles are seen in months of April and May and green turtles every August and September. This will be a one-of-a-kind and memorable learning experience for you and your family, especially your kids.
If you want to see several species of birds, you should travel between months of November to April to see the resplendent quetzal. If you want to watch migratory flocks, visit during Spring which runs from March through May, and Autumn which runs from September to November. If you visit Costa Rica for fishing activities then any time of the year would be good but if there is a specific species you want to catch, you have to take note of the following: Anglers every January to May, Snook every September to November, Sailfish every November to May.