For visitors more accustomed to North America’s annual progression of four distinct seasons, the weather in Costa Rica can be somewhat confusing. Instead of a period of very cold temperatures and snow (winter) that transforms into a period of hot temperatures and more sunshine (summer), Costa Rica has just two seasons, often called the “dry” season and the “green” season.
Although somewhat simplistic, the “green” season is a period of increased precipitation that restores the vitality to the rivers, jungles, and wetlands that make Costa Rica such an incredibly biodiverse country.
Here are five great reasons to visit Costa Rica during its green season:
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination, sometimes a bit too popular. Exaggerated stories about endless rain tend to thin out the crowds, making it the perfect time to visit Costa Rica.
Humpback whales make their way to Costa Rica every year during the green season, arriving after an incredible journey from the Antarctic. Scientists aren’t quite sure why they’re drawn to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica at this time, but the green season is the perfect chance to see these magnificent giants of the deep for yourself.
Rafting and Canoeing
During the dry season, the water levels in many of Costa Rica’s jungle rivers drops precipitously, making canoeing or rafting impossible. During the green season, however, visitors can enjoy thrilling whitewater adventures as they make their way down lush watercourses surrounded on all sides by beautiful nature.
The green season is when enormous turtles arrive in Costa Rica to lay their eggs. If you get the timing right, it’s possible to witness a massive flotilla of thousands of turtles laboriously making their way onto the beaches in order to lay their eggs. Incredibly, the tiny hatchlings that will emerge from the sand approximately two months later will, one day, return to the same exact spot decades later to continue the cycle.
Costa Rica is one of the best surfing spots in the world. A combination of steady swells and fabulous breaks that offer ideal waves for surfers of all ability levels, Costa Rica is a paradise for surfers. The green season allows surfers to take advantage of bigger swells, particularly plentiful in the Pacific Coast region.
If you’re interested in visiting Costa Rica during the green season, be sure to book your vacation with the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS). Based in the idyllic village of Dominical on the Pacific Coast, MASS specializes in tailored classes for surfers of all levels as well as nature tours of the surrounding area.