Costa Rican Weather – What to expect when moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rican Weather – What to expect when moving to Costa Rica

Originally article by Laura Alvarado, December 28, 2016, The Costa Rica Star

When you hear about the wonders Costa Rica has to offer, one of the aspects that always comes up is the wonderful weather the country has; this is the reason many choose it as a vacation escape, especially those that live in areas of very cold winters, and this is also the reason many decide to move to Costa Rica.

Beach and island view
Beach and island view

But what is so wonderful about the weather in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has only two seasons, dry and rainy, during the months of December and through the end of April the sun is king, beautiful days begin with the sunrise right before 6 a.m. and you can enjoy the warm weather throughout the day until sunset, close to 6 p.m. every day. As May arrives the first rains make an appearance, during this time a year you can usually count on sunny mornings and rainy afternoons, October is the month with most rainfall; March and May are the hottest months while December and January have fresh temperatures, particularly at night.
However, what makes Costa Rica really stand out from other tropical countries, is its micro-climates, this very small, 19,730 square mile territory, has 12 different and defined climate zones, this characteristic is what makes the country home to such diverse wildlife and impressive nature.

The lowlands of the North side of the country present the driest weather, Guanacaste province for instance, is the area that receives less rain. The Caribbean, on the other hand, is the most humid. In Costa Rica you can experience a change of weather in a matter of a one hour drive, which is why it is something to consider if you are planning to move to Costa Rica or even just drop by for a quick vacation.

The excellent weather of Costa Rica is one of the reasons North Americans and Europeans turn their eyes to this country; when we are providing relocation services to our clients this is one of the points we touch on, we make sure we guide them properly so that they can make an informed decision regarding the area of the country they are moving to, some want the warm coastal weather, others prefer fresh temperatures, there’s even a region in Costa Rica that is considered to have the best climate in the world, Atenas in Alajuela. The microclimates in Costa Rica are, of course, directly related to the different ecosystems found in the country, and this is very attractive to foreigners,” stated Marcela Gurdian, attorney and founder of Immigration Experts.

The temperature can range from an average of 70°F in the central region to 80°F in the North lowlands, the coldest temperatures registered have been of 40°F (in the area known as “Cerro de la Muerte” or Mountain of Death)

Costa Rica has some of the most bio-diverse climates in the world from the cold mountains of Cartago and Heredia to the warm weather of Alajuela and San Jose, the dry heat from the Pacific and the humid lands of the Caribbean. But even within a same province you’ll find marked differences; in San José for instance the west side is hotter than the east side; some areas in Alajuela are hot and dry while others feature considerably lower temperatures.

The wonders of Costa Rica are many, and the weather is just one of them; if you are planning a vacation make sure to pack for the different micro-climates you’ll visit, and if you are in the process of moving to this country make sure to get the assessment of Immigration Experts.


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