The Best Seasonal Experiences at Costa Rica’s Enchanting Hotels


Costa Rica, a land of volcanoes, rainforests, and rivers, offers more than just picturesque landscapes; it promises a year-round adventure tailored to the preferences of every traveler. Whether you’re sunning yourself on pristine beaches during the dry season or listening to the rain patter on the lush canopy during the wet months, Costa Rica’s

Enchanting Hotels provides the perfect backdrop for your dream vacation. Located in the most beautiful corners of Costa Rica, the Enchanting Hotel collection of boutique, luxury hotels guarantees an unforgettable stay during your travels whether your visit to Costa Rica is during the Dry, Green, or Shoulder Seasons. Each has its magic.

Here’s your guide to what each season offers in scenery, activities, and hotel rates, helping you plan your ideal escape.

Beautiful sunsets are a daily delight during the Dry Season.

1. Dry Season (December to April)


Costa Rica’s Dry Season, often referred to as the “high season” or “summer,” spans from December to April. This period is characterized by sunny days, minimal rainfall, and a bustling tourist atmosphere, making it the most popular time for travelers.

During the dry season, Costa Rica bursts into vibrant life. The forests and parks are lush and green, having soaked up the moisture from the rainy months. This is the time when the skies are clearest, offering spectacular sunsets that paint the horizon in hues of orange and pink, especially breathtaking along the coasts.

The dry season is marked by clear blue skies and abundant sunshine, providing ideal conditions for exploring and enjoying the outdoors. The temperature can vary depending on the region, with coastal areas experiencing warmer weather, often in the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit), while higher elevations like Monteverde or the Central Valley have cooler climates, ranging from mid-20s Celsius (high-70s Fahrenheit).


Adventure awaits as the weather is most conducive for exploring the great outdoors. Engage in exhilarating activities such as zip-lining through Monteverde’s cloud forests, surfing the waves at Tamarindo, or trekking around the imposing Arenal Volcano. Additionally, cultural enthusiasts will delight in local festivals such as the Fiestas Palmares and Santa Cruz, celebrated with rodeos, music, and dancing.

The dry season is the perfect time for outdoor activities that capitalize on the good weather. Some of the most popular activities include:

Surfing: The Pacific coast, with its consistent waves, attracts surfers from around the world. Places like Tamarindo, Jacó, and Santa Teresa offer excellent surfing conditions.

Hiking and Trekking: National parks like Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, and Rincon de la Vieja offer trails that range from easy walks to challenging treks, allowing visitors to explore diverse ecosystems without the hindrance of rain.

Zip-lining and Canopy Tours: The dry season is ideal for canopy tours in areas such as Monteverde and Arenal. These tours provide a thrilling way to experience the treetop ecosystems and stunning views.

Hotel Rates

Be mindful that this is the peak tourist season. While hotel rates are at their highest, the excellent weather and abundance of festivals make it a worthwhile investment. Many hotels offer early booking discounts and special packages that include tours and activities, maximizing your experience.

Green is the color of the wet season and it is beautiful.

2.Rainy Season (May to November)

Costa Rica’s Wet Season, also known as the “green season,” runs from May to November and transforms the country into a vibrant and lush landscape, brimming with life. This period offers a more tranquil and introspective experience compared to the bustling dry season, ideal for those who appreciate solitude and the raw beauty of nature.


The rainy season cloaks Costa Rica in a misty, magical aura. The rainforest thrives under the nourishing rains, with rivers swelling and waterfalls at their most majestic. The abundant rainfall brings out the best in Costa Rica’s biodiversity, with vibrant flowers and active wildlife, particularly appealing to photographers and nature lovers.

The country experiences higher rainfall during the wet season, particularly in the afternoons and evenings. The mornings are often clear and sunny, providing a few hours ideal for outdoor activities. The rain typically starts as a drizzle, gradually increasing to heavier showers, which can be quite refreshing and are often welcomed after the heat of the morning.

The rain rejuvenates the natural environment, enhancing the lushness of the forests and the flow of Costa Rica’s rivers and waterfalls. This season is perfect for witnessing the full splendor of the rainforests, which are teeming with blooming flowers and active wildlife. It’s also a great time for photography, as the overcast conditions can provide excellent lighting for capturing the vibrant greens of the landscape.

Tropical Wetlands bring out all the colors. Photo credit estancianchohumo.


While afternoons often see showers, the mornings are typically sunny, allowing for outdoor activities in the cooler parts of the day. This season is perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed pace. Enjoy spa days, culinary classes, or yoga retreats that many hotels offer. Rainy days also provide a unique opportunity to experience the lush, less crowded national parks and their wildlife.

Eco and Adventure Tourism

The wet season presents unique opportunities for certain outdoor activities:

Wildlife Watching: Many animals are more active during the rainy months, including amphibians, reptiles, and certain mammals. Bird watching is particularly rewarding as many species are nesting during this time.

White-water Rafting: Rivers are fuller and faster, providing thrilling rafting experiences. The Pacuare and Sarapiquí Rivers are popular choices for these adventures.

Spa and Wellness: Many hotels and resorts focus on wellness experiences, perfect for rainy days. Enjoy yoga, spa treatments, and thermal hot springs, especially around the Arenal Volcano.

Hotel Rates

With fewer tourists, the rainy season sees a drop in hotel prices, making luxury more accessible. Many hotels also offer inclusive experiences, such as spa packages or dining credits, providing excellent value for your stay.

Every day is pool day in Costa Rica.

3. Shoulder Seasons (May and November)

Costa Rica’s Shoulder Seasons, occurring in May and November, are transitional periods that offer a blend of both the dry and wet seasons’ characteristics. These months are ideal for travelers who enjoy mild weather and fewer crowds, providing a unique opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s natural beauty and cultural events in a more relaxed setting.


During these transitional months, the weather is a mix of light rains and sunny days. The mornings are typically clear and bright, with potential showers occurring in the late afternoons or evenings. The weather is less predictable but generally milder compared to the extremes of the dry and wet seasons.

The shoulder months witness the transition of seasons, offering a blend of climates—mornings may be crisp and clear, while afternoons could bring light showers. This mix results in dynamic landscapes, where the green of the rainforest meets the golden hues of the drying plains.

The landscape begins to shift during these months. In May, the environment is just starting to recover from the dry season, with early rains bringing fresh life to the flora and rejuvenating the parched earth. November sees the lushness of the wet season slowly giving way to the drier conditions of the coming months, with the countryside remaining vibrant and green, but with less intense rainfall.

Adventure and Nature in Guanacaste, Costa Rica!


These months are ideal for those looking to enjoy the outdoors without committing to full days under the sun or rain. Plan short hikes, bird watching in the early hours, or visit coffee plantations during harvest season in November. The fluctuating weather also means fewer tourists, providing a more personal experience with nature and local culture.

The shoulder seasons are excellent for those who prefer outdoor activities without the extremes of weather:

Hiking and Eco-Tours: Trails are less muddy than in the wet season but still lush and full of wildlife. National parks are less crowded, providing a more personal experience with nature.

Beach Activities: The beaches start to see less rain, and with lower tourist traffic, you can enjoy more secluded spots along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Agricultural Harvests: Participate in or observe the harvests that occur, such as the coffee harvest beginning in late November, which includes tours of coffee plantations and tasting sessions.

Hotel Rates

During the shoulder seasons, you can often find good deals on accommodation as hotels seek to attract tourists during these lower-demand months. This is a great time to look for upgraded rooms or packages that might be too expensive during peak seasons.

Hotel rates during these transitional periods are moderate. With the weather unpredictable, many travelers overlook these months, yet they offer a perfect balance of price, comfort, and beauty.

No matter when you decide to visit, Costa Rica’s enchanting hotels cater to every desire and season. From sun-drenched shores to misty forest trails, each period of the year offers its unique charm and array of experiences. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, planning your trip according to the season can help you maximize both your budget and enjoyment. Embrace the seasonal beauty of Costa Rica and make your next vacation truly unforgettable.

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