5 Reasons I love Green Season in Costa Rica

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5 Reasons I love Green Season in Costa Rica

Green Season is an excellent time of year to visit Costa Rica

My favorite time of year to visit Costa Rica is green season; while there is a bit of rain, it isn’t constant. There is still plenty of sunshine, the air is a bit cooler, and there’s something especially wonderful about those stormy afternoons or nights when I can lie in bed, windows open, listening to the delightful patter or even go outside and dance in the rain with abandon- it is, after all, still delightfully warm and comfortable.

May through November is the perfect time to visit Costa Rica; yes, there’s a bit of rain, but even that brings a rainbow’s worth of colorful benefits.

Here are five reasons why I love Costa Rica during Green Season:

There’s a population explosion

From July through October, on the Caribbean coast, the green sea turtles go nesting on Tortuguero. Tortuguero, which can be translated as “Land of Turtles”, is a village on the Northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, in the Limón Province. It gave its name to the neighboring Tortuguero National Park.

Turtle nesting begins in the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific side in August, with baby turtles digging out of their nests through November. Humpback whales arrive in My favorite time of year to visit Costa Rica is green season; while there is a bit of rain, it isn’t constant. There is still plenty of sunshine, the air is a bit cooler, and there’s something especially wonderful about those stormy afternoons or nights when I can lie in bed, windows open, listening to the delightful patter or even go outside and dance in the rain with abandon- it is, after all, still delightfully warm and comfortable.

May through November is the perfect time to visit Costa Rica; yes, there’s a bit of rain, but even that brings a rainbow’s worth of colorful benefits.

Here are five reasons why I love Costa Rica during Green Season:

There’s a population explosion

From July through October, on the Caribbean coast, the green sea turtles go nesting on Tortuguero. Tortuguero, which can be translated as “Land of Turtles”, is a village on the Northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, in the Limón Province. It gave its name to the neighboring Tortuguero National Park.

Turtle nesting begins in the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific side in August, with baby turtles digging out of their nests through November. Humpback whales arrive in the South Pacific to calve through October.

Everything is more alive with color

Even arid Guanacaste greens up nicely during the rainy season. The Central Valley and Pacific Coast become vividly verdant and vibrant. Daily rains trigger blooming red, yellow, purple, pink, orange and white flowers, which draw iridescent hummingbirds and colorful butterflies to the lush vegetation.

 

There’s an abundance of great hotel deals

 

Fewer tourists mean more hotel vacancies and, in turn, management tends to offer significant rate reduction, attractive package deals and extra nights for free. It’s also likely they’ll offer room upgrades and spa credits for little or nothing extra. If you need a little “R&R” in your Costa Rica vacation, there’s nothing like a quiet hotel to ensure peace, relaxation and tranquility.

 

Tours are less expensive and more fun too

 

Fewer tourists mean less demand and tour operators, anxious to keep their business afloat during the low season, often discount their rates. It also means shorter lines, quieter beaches, and less waiting.

 

Since rivers are high and everything is so green, river rafting and zip-line canopy tours are far more beautiful and adventure-filled during green season. ATV Tours through can mean crossing rivers and splashing through giant mud puddles; horseback riding usually entails catching sight of a breath taking rainbow and even more awe-inspiring waterfalls.

 

It’s party time

 

·             The Virgin of the Seas Fiesta, Puntarenas, Saturday closest to July 16, commemorates the Virgen del Carmen who saved the fisherman who prayed to her from a storm in the 1920s.

·             Annexation of Guanacaste Day (July 25) marks the annexation of Guanacaste, formerly a province of Nicaragua, by Costa Rica.

·             Independence Day (Sept. 15) kicks off on the 14th, when schoolchildren light homemade lanterns and parade through the streets (Desfile de Faroles).

·             Maiz Fiesta (Oct. 13) in Upala celebrates the corn harvest and includes crowning a Corn Queen, a traditional boat race on the Canalete River and a corn parade, similar to the Rose Parade, everything is made entirely of corn husks, kernels and silks.

·             Limón Carnival, an entire week in October, occurs during a lull in the green season. The carnival celebrations the area’s Afro-Caribbean cultural heritage with swirling colors, great food and plenty of music.

 

With the green season upon us in Costa Rica, now’s the perfect time to head down to take advantage of great deals in this tropical paradise. I can think of reasons to visit Costa Rica anytime of year, really; after all, each season has its advantages and Costa Rica is always beautiful. But, I have to admit, green season is extra special for me.

 

 to calve through October.

Everything is more alive with color

Even arid Guanacaste greens up nicely during the rainy season. The Central Valley and Pacific Coast become vividly verdant and vibrant. Daily rains trigger blooming red, yellow, purple, pink, orange and white flowers, which draw iridescent hummingbirds and colorful butterflies to the lush vegetation.

There’s an abundance of great hotel deals

Fewer tourists mean more hotel vacancies and, in turn, management tends to offer significant rate reduction, attractive package deals and extra nights for free. It’s also likely they’ll offer room upgrades and spa credits for little or nothing extra. If you need a little “R&R” in your Costa Rica vacation, there’s nothing like a quiet hotel to ensure peace, relaxation and tranquility.

Tours are less expensive and more fun too

Fewer tourists mean less demand and tour operators, anxious to keep their business afloat during the low season, often discount their rates. It also means shorter lines, quieter beaches, and less waiting.

Since rivers are high and everything is so green, river rafting and zip-line canopy tours are far more beautiful and adventure-filled during green season. ATV Tours through can mean crossing rivers and splashing through giant mud puddles; horseback riding usually entails catching sight of a breath taking rainbow and even more awe-inspiring waterfalls.

It’s party time

 

·             The Virgin of the Seas Fiesta, Puntarenas, Saturday closest to July 16, commemorates the Virgen del Carmen who saved the fisherman who prayed to her from a storm in the 1920s.

·             Annexation of Guanacaste Day (July 25) marks the annexation of Guanacaste, formerly a province of Nicaragua, by Costa Rica.

·             Independence Day (Sept. 15) kicks off on the 14th, when schoolchildren light homemade lanterns and parade through the streets (Desfile de Faroles).

·             Maiz Fiesta (Oct. 13) in Upala celebrates the corn harvest and includes crowning a Corn Queen, a traditional boat race on the Canalete River and a corn parade, similar to the Rose Parade, everything is made entirely of corn husks, kernels and silks.

·             Limón Carnival, an entire week in October, occurs during a lull in the green season. The carnival celebrations the area’s Afro-Caribbean cultural heritage with swirling colors, great food and plenty of music.

With the green season upon us in Costa Rica, now’s the perfect time to head down to take advantage of great deals in this tropical paradise. I can think of reasons to visit Costa Rica anytime of year, really; after all, each season has its advantages and Costa Rica is always beautiful. But, I have to admit, green season is extra special for me.