The throngs of crowds have passed, the forests are greening up and Costa Rica offers some of the best bang for your buck when the rainy season begins in May.
The surfing gets better as the big waves roll in, sea turtles come in to lay their eggs, the hotel deals get better and tour prices drop among other benefits during the rainy season. The rain drives away a lot of the droves of visitors that rush into Costa Rica from December to April. If you are the adventure type or the kind that seeks out nature, then visiting Costa Rica in the rainy season is the best time of year for you.
The hotels drop their prices, because they want to encourage locals to take advantage of the low prices and see their country. Of course, they also drop them due to the lower numbers of travelers vying for rooms at the beach or in the mountains. The deals on tours, especially from smaller companies, become less exorbitant pricewise, as well. Heading on a rafting trip is never better than when the rivers are gushing, and the cost of the trip has dropped from the off season.
The Ostional Wildlife Refuge near Playa Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula will see some of its world traveling visitors arriving on the beach in droves of thousands. The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle performs synchronized nestings during the rainy season known as “arribadas,” and the numbers of incoming sea turtle moms can be as high as 3 to 500,000 visitors at once. This is truly one of nature’s spectacles that you will feel the better for having observed.
As a recap of all the reasons why you should visit Costa Rica in the rainy season, let’s take a look at what your incentives are once again. The prices at pretty much all of the lodgings are lower. From the most fabulous all inclusive four star resort to the best little backpacker hostel, you will find less expensive accommodations. The surf is great, because the storms bring in heavy southern swells that result in bigger waves. The rafting is great with the bulging rivers.
The beaches aren’t overflowing with tourists, and the mountains, too. The forest is vibrant, green and teeming with wild life.
That’s about enough in terms of reasons to come. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.