What Is The Weather Like In Costa Rica?

Costa Rica's varies from place to place, from micro-climates to macro-climates, and from the rainy season to the dry season. Essentially, weather in Costa Rica is dependent on where you are and what time of the year it is.

Even so, Costa Rican weather can offer unexpected surprises. The temperature in Costa Rica is closely related to the elevation. The low lying Pacific Coast is generally very hot and dry; however, during the rainy season, it is common to have rain in the afternoon, and occasionally a cloudy, humid day.

In contrast, the Caribbean climate zone, which includes Tortuguero, Arenal, Puerto Viejo and Sarapiqui, is warm and humid nearly year-round and has less rigid rainy and dry seasons.

The Central Highlands, which border Costa Rica's Central Valley, is characterized by cooler temperatures and a variety of elevations (from about 3,000-5,000 ft above sea level). For more information about regional weather in Costa Rica, check out our page on weather.