The dry season is over in Costa Rica and the wet season is on. If that sounds like gobbledygook, well, the off-season is in and the high season is out. Off-season in Costa Rica runs from May to mid-December – a period officially known as the green season – when Costa Rica gets lots of precipitation and fewer tourists. A lot of people wonder if this is the best time to visit Costa Rica.
A bit of clarification is in order on Costa Rica’s green season aka wet season aka rainy season. It is more a half-wet, half-dry season, with sunny mornings and rainy afternoons or evenings. Sometimes the dry spell continues for 1-2 days. Your plans can fit in snugly.
For those of you who were biding your time to capitalize on off-season perks, the time has come to start making plans! For those of you who are yet to embrace the idea of an off-season Costa Rica vacation, here are six reasons to change your mind:
1. There is no mad holiday rush: If places teeming with tourists is a big no-no for you, the off-season is the best time to be in Costa Rica. Between May to October, as the rain gathers force, the flow of tourists dries to a trickle, relieving the congestion in its famous hotspots. No jangled nerves for you if you can’t stand the crowd. Off-season travel does appeal to a lot of folks, so don’t be surprised if you run into many Gringos, particularly in July and August, which are popular off-season months.
2. Rentals are not overpriced or heavily booked: While it’s near impossible to get a decent condo or private villa without reservations in December, during off-season, there is no such fuss. Not long ago, rental prices used to plummet when the last bus of tourists rolled out of sight. Those mega discounts have disappeared as more folks discover the benefits of the off-season. Yet this is the cheapest time to go to Costa Rica. You can make savings – anywhere between $100 to $1100 – on rental prices alone.