In addition to being an awesome beach and surf destination, Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s dream. It’s biologically rich, containing five per cent of the world’s biodiversity, and much of this life can be found in the country’s rainforests. During Costa Rica’s summer—a.k.a. “green season”—regular rain showers green up the country’s famous canopies. The precipitation also provides plenty of water for pursuits such as rafting and kayaking, increases swells for surfing and helps tourists cool off from the tropical heat. It’s usually sunny in the morning, with showers building in the afternoon, so book those zipline tours, waterfall hikes or birdwatching safaris before noon.
With the crowds gone, there are deals galore—some hotels charge about 30 per cent less than during high season (between Christmas and Easter) and up to 50 per cent less in August.
Summer is a great time to watch sea turtles lay eggs or see the turtle hatchlings scamper into the surf. On the Caribbean coast, look for leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles nesting in Tortuguero National Park; on the Pacific coast, catch Olive Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles nesting in various parks and beaches.
Average summer temperature: The average highs in June, July and August tend to range between 27°C and 29°C
[This story appears in the October 2016 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]