Although travelling to Costa Rica during the rainy season isn’t probably your first instinct, you should overcome your prejudices and fears, and go on the most memorable vacation of your life. The rainy season, which is also known as the “green season”, is from May to November and it has many charms, so if you’ve been planning to visit the land of many natural beauties, leave it for this time of the year when you can truly enjoy it.
Since the peak season is around Christmas, New Year and Easter, the prices are through the roof during this period. If you decide to travel to Costa Rica during the rainy season, not only will you be able to experience the country in a completely different way, but you will also save a fortune on travel expenses. You’ll be able to purchase flight tickets, book hotels or rent cars at significantly reduced rates. It doesn’t stop here – you’ll come across many affordable deals at restaurants, and many tour prices are open to negotiation.
You can’t truly experience and explore the beauties of Costa Rica while being surrounded with hordes of tourists. The majority of visitors leave their trip to the country for the dry season, which means that you won’t have to elbow your way through crowds to reach your destination. In addition, being away from the hustle and bustle will give you the opportunity to experience your journey on a deeper level.
Meet the Turtles of Costa Rica
One of the most interesting and enjoyable events that you shouldn’t miss is watching mother turtles coming to lay their eggs at the coastline. Depending on the species, there are several beaches where you can enjoy this truly amazing scene. Olive Ridley turtles can be seen on the Playa Ostional beach on the Pacific side of Costa Rica from mid-June to December. The nesting of turtles is locally known as arribada and you can see thousands of turtles at the same time. The second “gathering site” is Las Baulas National Park where the endangered species of leatherback turtles come in October through December. Here, you won’t be able to see thousands of turtles at one place, but you’ll see the largest species of turtles that weighs up to two thousand pounds. Finally, Caribbean Coast is the location of Tortuguero (which means Land of Turtles) – the nesting site of the endangered green sea turtles.
Get the Adrenalin Going
Owing to many exciting activities that Costa Rica has to offer, it’s often considered the adrenaline capital of Latin America. Some of the most adventurous activities take place during the rainy season, so if you want to experience them, this is definitely the time to visit this country. White-water rafting should be on the top of your list, since it’s the most intense and enjoyable during this time of the year. Rainy days cause big waves, which can mean only one thing – it’s surfing time! You can find some of the best swells in Latin America both at the Caribbean and the Pacific coast. Therefore, don’t wait any longer and get that adrenaline going.
Costa Rica offers a variety of accommodation options, so you’ll be able to find something that matches your taste. You’ll have a truly authentic experience if you decide to stay in a real treehouse in the middle of the rainforest. For a more luxurious ambient, hotels with spas and amazing views are the perfect choice. However, if you’re planning to stay in Costa Rica for a while, you should consider opting for rental apartments. This is definitely a more affordable option than paying for a hotel on a monthly basis. In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy a more comfortable and homey atmosphere.
Instead of fighting your way through the masses during the peak season, you should be open-minded and give the rainy season of Costa Rica a try. If you do, you’ll quickly realize that a truly authentic experience awaits you.
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