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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s various microclimates can undoubtedly be considered among the country’s many riches, and have helped shape its rich and diverse fauna and flora. Generally, the Caribbean coast and the southern part of the Pacific coast have a humid, tropical climate with high temperatures and plenty of rainfall. The central area of the country has a more temperate climate, with cooler temperatures the higher you go. Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula have a hot, dry climate with very little precipitation during the dry season.

Costa Rica has two seasons: the dry season from December to April, and the rainy or “green” season, from May to November, which has plenty of precipitation, especially from September onwards.

Given the many different climates of Costa Rica, what you pack will depend on which regions you are planning to visit. In the mountains and volcanic regions a windbreaker will come in handy, and a set of warm clothes is indispensable if you want to do some hiking in these areas. On the other hand, pack light cotton clothes if you are staying on the coast, and don’t forget a hat and sun screen. It’s “eternal spring” in the Central Valley, which lies at an elevation that is between these two regions. Here, it becomes quite cool in the evenings, and it might even seem chilly if you’re coming from the coast. If you visit during the rainy season, be sure to bring along a good umbrella, as sudden downpours are frequent.

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