As December and the Christmas season roll in to Costa Rica, the rains of the past few months roll out and make way for clearer sunny days.
In the Central Valley region the rain seemed as though it wouldn’t stop, but in the outer provinces, especially Guanacaste, the rain wouldn’t come. In July, Guanacaste recorded only two liters of rainfall per square meter due to the effect of El Niño changing weather patterns in the area. That is about one percent of the historical average of rainfall in Guanacaste. The drought caused major disturbances for the agricultural economy of the province, where as the Caribbean coast suffer from flooding and more rain than average.
The habitual rainy season from May to November with the greatest majority of rainfall accumulating between September and November usually sees the lowest number of visitors throughout the year. Now that the rains have passed, the number of people coming to Costa Rica from international locations tends to pick up a great deal. With the onset of the dry tourist season on its way, and the Christmas holidays, people will soon take to their beach and mountain destinations for holidays or work.
The rains bring in a beautiful and lush green to the scenery. The exceptional diversity of Costa Rica’s vegetation shows its full breadth in the rainy season (particularly the high point of the rainy season), and the earth’s coffers are refilled with the vital element for life to succeed. The rains have passed and yet the world will remain green for a time before the yellows, reds and hazels of a parched landscape begin to set in.