The climate in Costa Rica is hot all year round in the plains and along the coasts, while it's milder in the plateau (in the so-
Temperature variations are low, because the country is located near the Equator, so the main difference between the seasons is related to the rains. Anyway, most of the country is so rainy that it's covered by rainforests.
The capital city of San José is located in the central part, at 1,100 metres (3,600 feet) above sea level, on a plateau (the Central Valley, between the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera de Talamanca), thus it has pleasant temperatures throughout the year, with cool nights and warm days. In San José there is little rain from December to March, and it almost never rains in January and February. The rainy season runs from May to November, and the wettest months are September and October, with around 300 millimetres (12 inches) per month.
On the Pacific coast, the rainfall pattern is similar to that of San José and the plateau, although of course the temperature is higher. The Pacific coast is even slightly warmer than the Caribbean coast, especially in winter, when the north-
The least rainy area of the country, where the savannah dominates, is the north-
The east coast and the plain overlooking the Caribbean Sea (see Puerto Limón) is rain-
Along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, temperatures are a bit lower than on the Pacific coast, as the winds blow constantly from the sea, but for the same reason the humidity is higher.
At high altitude, above 2,000 meters, in the so-
Costa Rica is almost always spared from hurricanes, whose path is usually located north of the country: in fact sometimes they can affect nearby Nicaragua; therefore the area most at risk is the northern one, which may be affected indirectly. The hurricane season runs from June to November (though they are most likely from August to October), during the rainy season, which in any case is generally not recommended for tourists.
TOURS & TREKS IN COSTA RICA