And here we are, back in the low season. And the question pops up: What to do in Costa Rica in the low season?
For me, as a tour guide, we are in the two best weeks to come to Costa Rica: The first two weeks of May. Low season rates, still not rainy. Very few people in hotels, tours, etc. And still plenty to do.
However in a couple of weeks, the rainy season will be totally back, and we will be carrying umbrellas and ponchos for the afternoon showers.
Now, the question remains: What to do in the low season in Costa Rica?
Birding: Even though migratory species are out throughout these months there are still many resident and endemic species to watch in this time. Some of them are very active after a good shower.
Rainforests: They glow in this time of year. They shine! On the Caribbean side there are slim changes, but on the Pacific side the forests seem to come back to life! And they look so beautiful!
Rafting: The rivers are full, and the fun is greater than in the sunny season. Plus there are fewer people on the tour. 🙂
Beaches: Any of the big attractions: Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio or Papagayo are so much easier and nicer at this time of year!
Volcanoes: Not all, not all the time. But believe it or not, volcanoes such as the Arenal is easier to see in the rainy season than in the sunny season as clouds turn to rain and then… Bammm! The volcano appears!
Turtles: Turtle season happens all throughout the rainy season. Depending on where you are going, you can see the huge leatherbacks, the beautiful hawksbill or the abundant green sea turtles:
Leatherbacks: On the Caribbean, they nest from March to July. On the Pacific, they nest from September to March.
Greens: Nest from June to October along the North Caribbean, especially Tortuguero.
Olive Ridleys: Along the Pacific, they nest throughout the year, though on many beaches the nesting is concentrated from July to November.
Hawksbills: Nest in Cahuita National Park in September & October and can be found foraging in the Golfo Dulce.
Dolphins and Whales: Costa Rica is home to an estimated 25 whale and dolphin species, which migrate, mate and make their home in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. And, even though some of them can be seen all year round, whales migrating time is from July to November (Dates depend on where you are going in Costa Rica. Ask your Camino Travel consultant about this!)
Of course, the rest of the activities are there: Canopy Tours, hanging bridges, forest trails, mountain bikes, kayaking and floating trips, waterfalls, and catamarans. It is all there. The temperature never drops, and the green gets greener. As you can see it much better, and enjoy the best of the country in a most authentic way, simply because there are no crowds.
Written by Olga Sáenz-Carbonell for Camino Travel.