June is one of the best months to visit Costa Rica. Falling at the beginning of the “low” season, June is a great month to visit Costa Rica if you want to avoid the crowds. In terms of weather, June is when the “green” season begins, a period of overnight storms and occasional afternoon downbursts that keep the jungle vibrant and healthy.
On the Pacific Coast, expect daytime temperatures between the upper 80s to low 90s with water temperatures plenty warm enough to enjoy activities like swimming, stand-up paddling, kayaking, and surfing. Most of the time, afternoon rain showers last just an hour or less, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy outdoor activities.
The Weather in Costa Rica
As a land of different landscapes and elevations, there is no such thing as “one” weather in the country. That being said, Costa Rica has just two “seasons,” one called the “high” season (popular with tourists) that runs from October to May and a “green” season that runs from June to September. Despite these differences, it’s certainly possible to experience a string of sunny days during the “green” season or heavy rainfall during the “high” season.
For many, rain showers in Costa Rica in June are very welcome. Many of the jungle’s smaller rivers and streams dry up during the “high” season, only refreshed when plentiful rainfall returns in June. The amount of rain that falls varies dramatically depending on where you are in Costa Rica, but, by and large, the Pacific Coast area usually gets less rain than the Caribbean side.
The third Sunday in June is “Dia de los Padres” or Father’s Day, a holiday that is growing in importance in Costa Rica. Some smaller villages and towns also hold fairs during June, particularly on “Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo” (St. Peter and St. Paul Day) on June 29.
June 15 is “Dia del Arbol” or Arbor Day in Costa Rica, a time when every schoolchild in the country plants or takes cares of trees. Arbor Day has been celebrated in Costa Rica since 1915, and the act creating Arbor Day as a national holiday was one of the first environmental laws ever passed.
What to Bring for a June Vacation in Costa Rica
A small umbrella is an excellent choice, but you won’t need any warm clothing. Be sure to bring adequate sun protection, however, in the form of sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or a hat.