Arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica I couldn’t contain my excitement! I was finally visiting Central America!! (read about the yoga retreat I created) I landed just before lunch time and made my way through immigrations and back through the departures gate to catch my flight with Nature Air airlines. My resort, Pranamar Resort Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat, is on the southern Nicoya Peninsula. To get there from San Jose you have two options: You can either rent a car, take a ferry and drive to the resort or you can take a Nature Air flight to a local airport and have a taxi pick you up. Because I was travelling solo I decided to take the fastest route by air and taxi.
Flying with Nature Air is an experience within in of itself but it’s definitely worth it to see Costa Rica from the sky. Also, Nature Air is the world’s first certified carbon neutral airline! It was about a twenty five minute airplane ride to our first stop and then another fifteen to Tambor. Landing at the Tambor airport there is no terminal, it literally looked like your typical bus station. The taxi ride from Tambor airport to the resort was quite bumpy because of recent heavy rainfall so I’m glad I took my motion sickness medicine. The best way I recommend getting around Costa Rica is either an atv, motorcycle or four wheel drive jeep.
What does “green season” mean in Costa Rica?
It is the rainy or monsoon season and the region has the most of its annual rainfall. The dry season also known as the high season for tourists is from mid-December until the end of April, after that it is mostly the rainy season until the end of the year. The worst rain usually comes in the fall months like October.
I was in Costa Rica for five full days plus two days used for traveling and I only had a downpour on my last full day. The mountains definitely get more rain but if you stay on the Pacific coast like I did, I think you have a smaller chance of having rain. For the majority of my stay I had beautiful bright sunny mornings and sometimes I would get a small cloud passing by in the afternoon. You may visit Costa Rica during the “green season” and have rain the entire time so I don’t want to get your hopes up. Each region has different weather patterns during different months. I recommend doing a little more research on the area you are staying in before you go. I found this useful website: http://costa-rica-guide.com/
Fun fact: I spoke to one of the managers at the resort and he mentioned that even though it’s the rainy season it usually always clears up for a few days around the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29. I was in Costa Rica from June 22nd to June 27th .
Don’t feel discouraged by this weather though. When I was booking my travel plans I noticed my hotel stay was twenty percent off because of the “green season”. Many resorts and hotels around Costa Rica offer deals during the month of June which can save you money.
I pretty much had the entire resort to myself. There were a few guests here and there but it was definitely not the peak of tourist season. Having less tourists around made it great for visiting tourist spots such as the Montezuma Waterfall I hiked to.
Costa Rica is filled with different species of birds, butterflies, and animals. At my resort I got to watch the howler monkeys jump from tree branch to tree branch. From my bungalow to the beach I walked along a path I shared with a bright green lizard. By the Montezuma waterfall I got to see the white faced monkey. I waited for my Nature Air flight along with an Iguana. Along the roads there were so many cows! I think I saw more cows in Costa Rica than during my trip to Northern Ireland. Everywhere I went I was greeted by a new animal friend =o)
Mother Nature shows off
Because of all the rain the landscape turns into a tropical paradise. On the way to Montezuma waterfall from the resort my guide took us through a tropical forest. Unlike a rainforest where it is constantly raining and humid, a tropical forest becomes lush with greenery only when it is the wet season. During the dry season the forest has less rain so it dries up. If you want to see a tropical forest at its most vibrant state, visit during the rainy season.
Along the way my very knowledgeable guide pointed out the many trees and plants we passed by. It’s was amazing to learn about each species and the different types of plants you can find on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Montezuma waterfall is the largest waterfall pool I’ve swam in and I credit the amount of water to all of the rainfall in the mountains. Another plus for visiting during the rainy season, the waterfall was gushing with water.
I was a bit hesitant at first when I was booking my trip to Costa Rica in June but it ended up being an incredible trip. I must say I did luck out with the weather but even if it had been a bit rainy I would still have enjoyed my time. Costa Rica is filled with so much natural beauty and I only saw a small region. I am already ready to plan my next trip! Any recommendations on where I should visit next in Costa Rica?
x the Adventurer