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Rainy Season in Costa Rica

Most people who know anything about Costa Rica have heard about the country’s weather, and have heard about the country’s Rainy Season.  To get the record straight about Costa Rica’s very foriegn weather paterns let me explain.  Unlike the USA’s four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter), Costa Rica has only two seasons; The Dry Season (December to April) and The Rainy Season (May to November).  In the rainy season the temperature in the City (San Jose) ranges from 60-80 degrees, rain can be expected on and off every afternoon, however the mornings are extremely sunny with mostly clear skies, a definate plus for morning people.  If you head to the beaches you will find warmer weather and far less rain, typically highs of 90 and lows of 70.

In the Dry Season, which is also the High Season of people traveling to the country temperatures are generally higher (70-85 in the city, and 80-95 at the beaches) due to the lack of rain, which comes typically once a week and for very short rain falls.  The dry season is shorter than the rainy, at most 5 months, but many years it starts late and ends early. 

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Written by Claire Saylor

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