Visiting Costa Rica during “Green Season”

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.

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Left: flying over Costa Rica on the way to San Jose from Miami; Right: they say the “green season” has some of the most beautiful sunsets

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Getting Around

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.

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My Nature Air plane
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The plane seats nineteen people plus two pilots behind the small divider you can see. I am sitting in the last row in this photo.
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Rivers form along roads because of the rainfall in the mountains

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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.

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Top tier of the Montezuma waterfall (behind me was a fifty foot drop to the second tier of the waterfall)

Weather

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/

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Water flowing to the waterfall

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 .

Saving Money

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.

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Delicious lunch I had in Montezuma. Typical Costa Rican dish: beans, veggies, rice, meat, salad and the local beer

Less People

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.

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Streets of Montezuma
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Montezuma waterfall

Animals

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)

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Left: White faced monkey; Right: Howler monkey (so hard to get a photo because they were so high up in the trees)
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Bright green lizards were everywhere along the paths of my resort

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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.

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Left: beach access from one of the roads; Right: Montezuma waterfall

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.

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National tree of Costa Rica: Guanacaste tree
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A giant banyan tree, known as an Higueron (fig) in Spanish

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.

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Montezuma waterfall (about a hundred foot drop from the top)
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Left: looking down at the bottom of Montezuma waterfall; Right: second tier of the waterfall

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?

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Another gorgeous sunset

x the Adventurer

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72 thoughts on “Visiting Costa Rica during “Green Season”

  1. Costa Rica is so beautiful! You should definitely visit Nauyaca, it’s one of my favorite waterfalls. I just wrote a post on it if you want to check it out!
    You were so lucky with the rain, in the green season we usually get it non stop! I’m glad you had a good trip!

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  2. I visited Costa Rica and I loved it, I wouldn’t mind getting married there one day, it was an amazing experience. I’ve never heard of the “Green Season” OMG I stayed in Montezuma at Ylang Ylang, I hiked to that waterfall also. The hike to the waterfall was a fun adventure they would never have anything like that in the states.

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  3. Knowing the seasons of the place you’re traveling to is very helpful! I was watching a Youtube video about how someone was able to fund their travels, and they said they did a lot of research and took into account “off seasons.” there are reasons for off seasons, but if you’re willing to take a little risk, it could be really worth it! I’m glad the weather was good for you for the most part 😀 The trees and the waterfalls ❤ -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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  4. How incredible did this trip look?! I would’ve died over the little monkeys just jumping around. And I absolutely love that you went solo, what a great trip for the soul!

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  5. Thank you for this enlightening post. I have not been to Costa Rica but I will be bookmarking this post for my future trip 🙂 The lush vegetation is just gorgeous. Mother Nature put on a spectacular show for you indeed. I would be nervous about visiting in June as well because of the heat but it looks like you had an amazing time. Thank you for sharing beautiful.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

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    1. Definitely add Costa Rica to your list! I was a bit nervous but it ended up being such a great time that I may always visit around this time. It was so nice not having tourists around =o) Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  6. I don’t think rain should hinder you in enjoying your stay. I was in Thailand through the rain period and it was amazing! But I am not one to lay at the beach for hours anyway.
    Costa Rica looks amazing. I haven’t been there yet, but I hope to go there someday.

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  7. Your trip looks amazing! I have never been to Costa Rica, so it is always super interesting for me to see, what it looks like! I like the fact, that you had so much privacy! Sometimes too many tourists just makes me want to scream and run away! Lovely post!
    X Louise

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