Start planning your summer trip to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity. With coastlines along both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, just 200 miles apart, it has gorgeous beaches and brilliant marine life with volcanoes and forests in between. Visiting Costa Rica in the summer is a great time to enjoy all its natural wonders have to offer, or simply relax in the welcoming atmosphere and enjoy great food.
Why should I visit Costa Rica in summer?
Summer in Costa Rica is the low season, meaning smaller crowds and lines, and an overall more relaxed experience. While the summer period tends to be rainier, most rainfall occurs in the late afternoon, so you'll still enjoy all of Costa Rica's beauty with minimal interruption.
Best things to do in Costa Rica in summer
Summer in Costa Rica brings consistently warm weather with some showers, so you'll experience the best of idyllic beaches, volcanic hot springs, and amazing flora and fauna.
Soak up the coastal sun
Costa Rica's gorgeous coastline fronts both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, so there are plenty of beaches to enjoy. Sunbathe on the country’s famed white and black sand beaches. There's plenty of ways to experience the pura vida (“simple life”) on the beach, including horseback riding, stand-up paddleboarding, and, of course, surfing.
Sample fresh summertime cuisine
No immersion in Costa Rican culture is complete without some traditional food. Sample the staple dish of black beans and rice, commonly known as gallo pinto. Countless combinations of fruits, vegetables, fried plantains, chicken, beef, or fish, prepared with a variety of Caribbean, African and Asian influences, can't be missed, either.
Hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest
Summer is an ideal time to take an adventure trip into the lush, canopy-covered Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Don't forget your camera to capture images of the colorful birds and intriguing creatures that reside in this unique ecosystem. Then, soar through the trees on an aerial tram or a zipline.
Lose yourself in magnificent San Jose
San Jose is Costa Rica's modern, progressive capital. Walk through historic parks and neighborhoods, and see centuries-old buildings, including the National Theatre and Plaza of Culture. Relax in the afternoons with a traditional sugarcane drink or craft beer, and catch a cultural or musical performance in the evening.
Take a mud bath in Miravalles
For summertime relaxation, enjoy a mud bath at the geothermal pools near Miravalles Volcano. The mud is said to be an effective natural skin treatment, so warm yourself in the area's hot springs as you gaze upon views of this mountainous region.
What’s the weather like in Costa Rica in summer?
Costa Rica is located close to the Equator, so it doesn't experience a traditional summer season like in the Northern Hemisphere. Daytime average highs are between 70 and 81°F. Costa Rica in summer is known as the "green season" throughout much of the country, as it’s a period of higher rainfall. The Caribbean coasts tend to be drier. For your visit, pack some rain gear, sunscreen, and water-resistant footwear for enjoying the outdoors.