Don't Let Hurricane Season Dampen Your Costa Rica Vacation

Don't Let Hurricane Season Dampen Your Costa Rica Vacation

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With hurricane season on everyone’s mind, I thought I’d see just how affected Costa Rica really is.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had several calls and messages from my friends and family in the States, asking if my family and I are safe from Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and now Maria.

“Of course!” I always reply, confident that we just never see hurricanes touch down here in Costa Rica.

But, then I got to thinking- is that really true?

I mean, in the more than twenty years that I’ve lived and traveled throughout Costa Rica, I’ve never seen one; but I guess that doesn’t necessarily mean we are totally unaffected.

I decided to research the subject a bit and see how, if at all, Costa Rica is affected by the annual hurricane season that our friends in Mexico, the South-East border of the U.S., the Caribbean, and the Atlantic seem to have to deal with every year.

Here’s what I found in my research:

In the end, I feel relieved to say that we are relatively unaffected by hurricane season here in Costa Rica. Yes, it’s true that we get quite a bit of rain, and it tends to be a bit cooler, but for the most part, I think we are just not quite as exposed as our friends in nearby countries.

Of course, no place in the world is 100% safe from a natural disaster; but, when it comes to hurricanes at least, I like to think there just isn’t too much to worry about. And, especially when it comes to thinking about vacation time, I just like to stay positive and assume that all will be well.

So, should you travel to Costa Rica this time of year?

Well, yes! Here are a few pros and cons to vacationing in Costa Rica during September and October:

Pros:

·      Fewer people

·      Green season rates on accommodations

·      Cheaper flights

·      Beautiful lush, green vegetation due to rainy season

·      High rivers and raging waterfalls

·      Excellent swells for surfing

Cons:

·      It does tend to rain almost daily; though usually only in the afternoon or evening. Then again, I personally find this to be a pro. Rainy afternoons make for wonderful naps, tranquility, and mind-body restoration.

With my thoughts and meditations on Mexico, the South-Eastern border of the United States, and various islands and the Eastern coastal areas of Central and South America, I’m pleased to report that I wasn’t too off mark in my responses to concerned friends and relatives.   

Yes, indeed, we are –thankfully-  pretty safe here in Costa Rica during hurricane season.