Post # 1
….if so, is it THAT rainy (in the Arenal & Guanacaste areas)?
I’d love to hear some input — I just can’t get a straight answer from what I’ve read online! I know that some times it’s a just an afternoon shower & some rain at night, and at other times, it can seem to rain for days.
We are really behind on planning the honeymoon & just got a quote back for 7 nights in Costa Rica — 3 by Arenal (no meals included) & 4 in Guanacaste (all inclusive). The rooms were very nice & the trip did include 1 excursion and transfers between locations, but the total cost was $4800. Adding trip insurance, meals & drinks at the first stop, and all other spending money and activities, we are easily looking at $6000.
I’d really love to go there, but wonder if it’s a lot of money to spend for unpredictable weather. So now, we are thinking about three options —
1. Risking the weather & going in September.
2. Going to Mexico for 5-6 nights for a much cheaper vacation, and then planning something bigger for next year (however, knowing us, we might not get around to it).
3. Not going anywhere right after the wedding. We’d wait until Nov/Dec when the weather is less likely to be an issue. From what the travel agent told us, the deals by season wasn’t enough to make a huge difference.
Post # 3
Truthfully i have not been in september, but i was there from january to may which is the dry season. i spent quite a bit of time in guanacaste and arenal, and heard stories about the rainy season. and when its the rainy season, it rains every. single. day. Especially with Guanacase and Arenal being on the Pacific side, its super susceptible to the extremes of wet and dry season.
By the way, that seems like a LOT of money for Costa Rica… maybe find someplace else to stay? Or consider other locations if the price/rain is too much
Post # 4
This may be too late.
I lived in Costa Rica for 6 months Sept-March.
It is definitely very rainy there, esp. during Sept and October; however, what typically happens is that it rains very hard for a few hours and then clears up. There are days when it is cloudy though so it can be hard to see something like the Poas Volcano (I tried 3 different times before succeeding.)
Guanacaste def. has the more beautiful beaches but THe carribbean side is also beautiful, has less people and is better weather in Sept and Oct.
For a honeymoon I would probably recommend Guanacaste though. But if you’re going to Monteverde and trying to see Arenal, expect that you’ll see it, but you probably won’t have a clear view all day.
Also $6000 sounds really high to me. Granted I stayed in hostels and not nice hotels, but I would look at a guide book to make sure you’re not getting ripped off! Feel free to ask if you have more questions!
Post # 5
I was there in October 2008 2 hours outside of San Jose, it rained every single day starting about 1pm until early morning. We did have sun from early morning until then, but still puts a damper on things. And it pours!
Post # 6
I have never been myself- but one of my co-workers went their late August. She said it rained EVERY day and she said they felt damp their whole trip.
Post # 7
Maybe it’s because I’m a nature freak… but if you want to visit a rainforest, the ONLY time to visit is during the rainy season! Costa Rica has wet and dry seasons, and most of the tropical forest in CR is deciduous, meaning the trees shed their leaves during the dry season. I’ve been to CR in March during the dry season and it looks like a completely different place. It is hot, humid, dusty, and barren. While it is still beautiful, it’s just not the same. If you want to avoid the rain, it’s totally understandable, but realize you will also be sacrificing the tropical forest idea you have in your head as well 🙂