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Volcano Poás, Costa Rica. Author Carlos Reusser Monsalvez. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Volcano Poás, Costa Rica. Author Carlos Reusser Monsalvez

Costa Rica climate: when to go to Costa Rica

Costa Rica climate is tropical and sub-tropical, but varies in relation to the altitude, in the highland, between 600 and 1,600 metres above sea level, where are the major population centres of the country, climate is temperate year-round, with average minimum temperatures ranging between 14°C and 17°C, and maximum average temperatures between 27°C and 24°C, rains are concentrated in the months between May and November, while the dry season runs from December to April, in these areas the average annual rainfall is around 1,800 mm.

In the mountains above 2,000 meters temperatures fall significantly with average temperatures between 5°C and 14°C and high temperature ranges between day and night. The coastal area of the Caribbean Sea is particularly rainy with an average annual rainfall of around 4,000 mm, here the more rainy months is that of December.

The driest region of the country is the coast of the Pacific Ocean which records an average annual rainfall of around 1,000 mm, with the rainy season between May and November, while the dry season runs from December to April.

Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Author todoincluido. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Author todoincluido

The temperature of the sea water on both coasts of Costa Rica is stable between 26 ° C and 28 ° C.

WHEN TO GO TO COSTA RICA

The months between December and April are the best time to visit Costa Rica.

COSTA RICA CLIMATIC TABLES

SAN JOSÉ (1172 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 18,5 28,2 6,3  3
February 18,7 29,1 10,2  3
March 18,8 29,9 13,8  5
April 19,1 30,3 79,9  10
May 19,2 28,8 267,6  23
June 19,0 28,2 280,1  22
July 19,0 28,2 181,5  20
August 18,8 28,3 276,9  22
September 18,3 27,8 355,1  26
October 18,5 27,1 330,6  25
November 18,3 27,2 135,5  17
December 18,3 27,9 33,5  8
YEAR 18,7 28,4 1971,0  184
SÁMARA, COSTA RICA (Pacific Ocean)
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27,3
February 27,9
March 29,0
April 29,3
May 29,4
June 28,8
July 28,9
August 29,0
September 28,7
October 27,9
November 26,6
December 28,0
PUERTO LIMÓN, COSTA RICA (Caribbean Sea)
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27,4
February 27,6
March 28,2
April 28,1
May 28,6
June 29,1
July 28,9
August 28,9
September 29,3
October 29,0
November 28,3
December 28,0

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