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Climate and weather of Costa Rica



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Costa Rica




 

Climate

 
Costa Rica has three different climatic zones.

Temperatures are stable throughout the year in the central mountains (15 to 25° depending on altitude) and range between 28 and 32° on the coasts. Rainfall is abundant (1 500 to 3 500 mm per year).

The caribbean coast (east of Costa Rica)
The east coast has a hot and rainy climate all year round. Temperatures are constant (30°) and rainfall is high every month (200 to 400 mm).

The central mountains
The mountains located in the center of Costa Rica have a temperate tropical climate with a wet season and a dry season.

Rainy season (April to November)
Temperatures are constant (25° in the Central Valley and 15° in the mountains) and rainfall is abundant.

Dry season (December to March)
Temperatures are stable (23° in the Central Valley and 13° in the mountains) and rainfall is nonexistent.

The Pacific coast (west of Costa Rica)
The west coast has a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season.

Rainy season (April to November)
Ttemperatures are high (30 to 32°) and rainfall is abundant.

Dry season (December to March)
Temperatures is high (30°) and rainfall is nonexistent. Sunshine is high.

 When to go to Costa Rica (pleasant climate) 
The climate of Costa Rica is pleasant during the following months :

January
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October
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December

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

San José (Capital of Costa Rica)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
24°
25°
27°
27°
27°
27°
min
15°
15°
16°
17°
17°
17°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
26°
26°
27°
26°
26°
24°
min
17°
17°
17°
16°
16°
15°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
...
...
...
80
260
280
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
180
270
350
320
120
30

Puerto Limon

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
29°
29°
29°
30°
30°
30°
min
23°
23°
23°
24°
24°
24°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
29°
29°
31°
30°
29°
29°
min
24°
24°
24°
24°
24°
23°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
320
200
190
290
280
270
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
410
290
160
200
360
400

Weather data (temperatures and precipitation) for Costa Rica are derived from monthly averages established over the last twenty years.

Costa Rica weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Costa Rica, a country located in Central America, is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, by the Caribbean Sea to the east, by Panama to the southeast and by the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Capital: San José
Area: 51 000 km²
Population: 4 750 000 inhabitants
Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican colón

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