Climate and average weather in Costa Rica
Because Costa Rica is located between nine to ten degrees north of the Equator, the climate is tropical year round. However, the country has many micro-climates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and by the geography of each particular region.
Costa Rica's seasons are defined by how much it rains during a particular period and not to the four seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. The year can be split into two periods, the dry season known to the residents as summer, and the rainy season, known locally as winter. The "summer" or dry season goes from December to April, and "winter" or rainy season goes from May to November.
Interested in more detailed information on the Weather and Climate in Costa Rica?
Please select the city you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination, in or above the map. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.
Regions in Costa Rica
Popular places in Costa Rica
Select a city to see its average temperature, precipitation and hours of sunshine over the year.
- El Castillo de La Fortuna
- Esterillos Este
- Mal País
- Manuel Antonio
- Nuevo Arenal
- Playa Avellana
- Playa Flamingo
- Playa Grande