Even though it’s almost January, you definitely won’t need scarves and mittens for a wintertime visit to Guanacaste, Costa Rica!
Guanacaste, the province located in northwest Costa Rica where we live, features a generally warm and dry climate from November to April, with an average high temperature of 88 degrees and average low of 69 degrees Fahrenheit. There is little rain, consistent warmth and an abundance of sunshine during this dry or “gold” season. Some types of trees begin to lose their foliage and the green hues of the “green” season fade to a more golden-brown wintertime palette. The wet or “green” season returns in late May and runs through November.
Though the favorable weather conditions of Guanacaste’s dry season make December through April a good time to visit the region, you’ll also find heavier tourism during this time. Airfares and lodging rates increase and, although never “crowded”, there is a noticeable increase in visitors. If this is a concern for you, consider visiting Guanacaste in the rainy season when prices are lower and there are fewer visitors.
Even though labeled the wet or “green” season, most of this period is marked by rain for only a few hours in the late afternoon. This rain brings explosions of colors and scents along with the return of verdant green hues. In fact, for most of the people who live here, the wet or “green” is their favorite season as the rainfall is soothing and quite beautiful. For those lucky enough to be overlooking the ocean, the lightning provides magical nighttime light shows!
Each season here in Guanacaste has advantages … the “gold” season brings consistently warm and sunny days and the “green” season brings colorful vegetation, lower rates, and fewer people.
It’s always a good time to visit Costa Rica! Pura vida!