Discovering Costa Rica in July – August

Going to Costa Rica in July, August?

Here are a few things to bear in mind when visiting Costa Rica in July-August.

If you read the guidebooks and many websites, you’ll find that the best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April !!!! We, who live in Costa Rica, can assure you that July-August is an EXCELLENT period. Sure, you’ll have a few rainy evenings on the Pacific side, but all in all, you’ll be able to enjoy magnificent days and, above all, an abundance of the most active animals. It’s also turtle and whale season, and many species are in their mating season, making them easy to observe, unlike the months of January, February and March, when nature takes a break.

Basically, if you want to discover the country’s biodiversity, we recommend May, June, July and August to take advantage of the best options for discovering the country’s natural riches.

Discover Costa Rica in July – August by region in detail

The Caribbean

This is undoubtedly the best season for this coast, where the seasons are reversed. October and November are the least rainy months on this side of the country. It’s also the peak season for sea turtle nesting and hatching. From Tortuguero to Manzanillo, leatherbacks and green turtles come here to breed from May to October. Temperatures are virtually the same all year round, between 78 and 82 degrees.

Central Vallet

In July and August, the central part of the country enjoys a period known as el veranillo (the little summer), with less rain and more sunshine. Mornings are sunny, and rain, if any, falls in the late afternoon. Spring-like temperatures of between 75 and 82 degrees are very pleasant.

Arenal and Tenorio

Paradoxically, this is the rather wet season in this part of the country. However, nothing is set in stone and the volcano comes into view every day. August is a very pleasant month, with temperatures ranging from 73 to 82 degrees. The animals are very active and easy to observe.

Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula

July and August are rainy months, although rainfall is intermittent in this region. Temperatures vary little, and you could reach 89 degrees during the day.

Central Pacific

Rainfall is more frequent at the end of the day, and thunderstorms are sometimes intense, making for cooler nights. Temperatures are between 77 and 86 degrees. The sea is pleasant and ideal for swimming.

South Pacific, Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula

Between moderate rains in July, August enters more into the rainy season. These are intense rains lasting a few hours, but starting in mid-afternoon. It’s also the best time for whale and turtle watching. From Uvita to Golfo Dulce, July-August is the best time to observe the immense cetaceans.

Cordillera Central, Dota

Do you dream of seeing the sacred Mayan bird? Then you need to come to San Gerardo at this time of year, because along with May and June, it’s the best time to see the famous Quetzals. Temperatures are cooler than on the coast. At night, temperatures can drop to 41/50 degrees, and during the day to 77 degrees. Most hotels have auxiliary heating.

Here are the best tours we’ve put together for you to discover Costa Rica in July and August:

In conclusion, discovering Costa Rica in July-August means discovering exuberant flora and fauna, a pleasant climate in many places and memories for everyone. Don’t hesitate to consult the reviews of our travellers who came in July-August.