(Closed) Costa Rica in May? Other Options?

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I spent May and June in Costa Rica once (my dad lives there so I go pretty frequently). Apparently I was there during one of the worst rainy seasons but it was MISERABLE. I am talking torrential downpour 24/7. A lot of times people will talk about rainy season and say Oh it only rains a couple hours in the afternoon. This was NOT like that. I was stuck indoors. When it doesn’t rain it is insanely humid which I’m okay with but a lot of people don’t enjoy humid heat. Honestly, if it was me, I would avoid it at this time of year.

I love the country SO MUCH and you won’t ever hear me say a bad thing about it. It is a MUST SEE location. But based on my experiences I wouldn’t recommend going during rainy season.

Go in December/January/February though and it is paradise!

Post # 4
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@PinkPanda:  One of my good friends got married on May 1 and went to Costa Rica for 2 weeks after and she said it was amazing. It only rained for an hour or so each day and it never ruined their plans.

On a side note – We’re going to CR for our honeymoon as well!

Post # 6
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

@PinkPanda:  Pura Vidal! I live in CR part time. The rainy season usually starts the second half of May depending on where you are. There are like 19 microclimates here. Usually we only get thr rains that pp described in September and October. Admittedly that is usually, but you should be ok unless there is an extremely bad El Niño year.


Post # 8
746 posts
Busy bee

Costa Rica is a great destination! If you want beaches, head over to the Guanacaste area. From there you can explore Costa Rica and enjoy excursions as a day trip. If you want a little more variety, there are some great packages that have you start off in San Jose, for a day or two, then head over to the Arenal area to see the Volcanos National Park, etc, before finally ending up in Guanacaste. 

Costa Rica really is a fantastic destination. We typically find September to be more rainy than May, but bad and good weather can happen just about any time!


Post # 9
9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@mu_t:  I have heard it is a great adventure trip but not so much a lounging on the beach trip (I’ve heard from several avid travellers that the beaches kind of suck).

OP, it depends what you are looking for. Do you want to zip line, hike, and see the rainforest? Or do you want to sit on a white sand beach with a drink?

Post # 10
2925 posts
Sugar bee

I’m going in February. Have you booked yet? I used anywherecostarica.com. It was very helpful. With that many days, you will be able to see most of the country and going in May means prices will be cheaper. We’re just staying in the Arenal area. 

Post # 11
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@PinkPanda:  We are going in May for our honeymoon. Like @MRSsrm85:  said, I have found the prices cheaper when booking the different hotels.  It is a risk we will take with the rain, but I cannot wait and we will make the most of what we can!

Post # 13
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPanda99:  i mean, i don’t think the beaches suck. but people who don’t research it before their trip are sometimes disappointed – they expect white sand beaches and they don’t generally get them. but, i have spent PLENTY of time lounging on Costa Rican beaches with beverages and loved every minute of it. But ya, if I was wanting an all inclusive resort type trip, Costa Rica wouldn’t be it – I always tell people it will be a waste of time to just sit around cuz there is SO MUCH to see and do. I honestly love the place so much, white sand or not 🙂

Post # 14
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@PinkPanda:  I think that’s smart. you’d be so disappointed if you happened to get a particularly bad rainy season. Save CR for a time when you’re pretty much guaranteed great weather… the hot springs aren’t going anywhere 🙂


Post # 16
126 posts
Blushing bee

Wow, I wouldn’t base too much on that first post. April can be one of the driest months there, and May is the very very early part of rainy season. So the likelyhood of you getting all day rain is almost unheard of. The days are normally just paradise, with rains coming it the late aftenoon. Also, it is not at all like rain in the states. It is a warm tropical rain that seems to just wake up the whole rian forest around you.

The area we stayed, near Manual Antonio State Park had 4 beautiful white sand beaches that stretch throughout the Park.  But the All Inclusive place we found (just amazing), was 1000 ft above the Park, in a private rain forest. They provide eveything, incuding a wonderful chef, adventure tours, unlimited drinks, snacks, etc We just told them what drink brands, meal choices, etc. It was all set up when we arrived. At our first candle-light dinner there, the food was so incredible, we knew we made the right choice.


Have a wonderful time whereever you go!

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