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When To Go

The early months of the rainy season (May to July) are a wonderful time to travel to Costa Rica with some towns experiencing a mini-high season. During this time, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging. Remote roads may not be accessible to public transport, so always ask locally before setting out. Bring your umbrella and a little patience.


For surfers, the Pacific coast sees increased swells and bigger, faster waves during the rainy season, peaking in the worst rainy months of September and October. The Caribbean side has better waves from November through May.


Wildlife enthusiasts may wish to plan their trip around high visibility seasons. The best time to spot the resplendent quetzal is between November and April. The peak season for leatherback turtles from April to May; for green turtles it's during August and September.


Fishing is good year-round, but you might choose your season if you have your heart set on a specific fish. Anglers head to the Caribbean coast between January and May in search of tarpon, while autumn is the season for snook. On the Pacific coast and in the Golfo Dulce, the best time to snag that sailfish is between November and May.

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Events Overview

Costa Ricans love to party, kicking off the New Year with ten days of beer-drinking, horse shows and other carnival events in the tiny town of Palmares. You've two opportunities to catch the Fiesta de los Diablitos; it takes place in Reserva Indígena Boruca (December 31 to January 2) and in Curré (February 5-8). Men wear carved wooden devil masks and burlap masks to re-enact the fight between the Indians and the Spanish. In this version, the Spanish lose.


Día de San José (March) honors the capital's patron saint, and Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar (Festival of the Virgin of the Sea), with its colorful regattas and boat parades, is held in Puntarenas and Playa del Coco (July).


Día de Guanacaste (July), celebrates the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua. There's a rodeo in Santa Cruz on this day. Virgen de Los Angeles (August) is celebrated with an important religious procession from San José to Cartago.


El Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) takes place in October - the town of Puerto Limón celebrates with a four-day carnival. It's all about colorful street parades, dancing, music, singing and drinking!


Families visit graveyards and have religious parades in honor of the deceased on Día de los Muertos (All Souls' Day). During Las Fiestas de Zapote, at the end of the year, a week-long celebration of all things Costa Rican (namely rodeos, cowboys, carnival rides, fried food and a whole lot of drinking) takes place in Zapote, southeast of San José.


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does anyone have any input on Costa Ricas capital, San Jose? Anyone been there?
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