Post # 1
Me & my fiance had our hearts set on honeymooning in Costa Rica the end of September/beginning of October. I’ve been hearing that is the rainest time of year. We don’t mind some rain, but we don’t want to get trapped at our hotel with down pouring rain all day.
Has anyone ever been there that time of year? I would love some advice because it seems like the perfect mix of beach, adventure, and mountains!
Post # 3
I went to Costa Rica last mid-October. It rained every. single. day. And the worst part was that it wasn’t a downpour all the time, but some days were a light misting where you go outside and think it’s okay, but within 20 mins. you’re soaked.
Althought it was very beautiful and special, the rain really really sucked. We were going to spend 2 days in San Juan, 2 days in La Fortuna, and 3 days in Tortugero. After the first day in San Juan, we were told that if it’s raining in San Juan, it’s probably pouring and roads will be closed in the mountains (La Fortuna) so we spent 4ish days in Tortuguero instead. It was sunny for one half of one day, then torrential downpour the other 3.
Post # 4
I want to do this for my honeymoon in october as well. I have been reading that the eastern part *carribbean side* is not as rainy. after reading the last post i am a little down…i really want to do this…really bad…hummmm what did you decide?
Post # 6
I lived in CR for a year and it is very wet. The humidity is high so it always feels damp but that is the rainiest part of the year and like GoldfishPie
said, it will rain and sometimes POUR every. single. day. Roads get closed – remember they aren’t like ours – and it is quite messy. If you could swing it I would say to go another time of the year. It would be so much better! I was in the Caribbean side for a habitat for humanity type of thing and we had to leave because of the rain and we almost didn’t make it out. The bus was being pushed … it was nuts! CR is amazing! It has everything and the people are fantastic. I think it would be much better if you could go at another time. You would enjoy it so much more!
Post # 7
I lived in Costa Rice from January through June 2oo4, so I haven’t been in October. During the rainy season (also called the “green season” and they have 2 per year) it does generally rain every day, but it is usually not all day every day. So I guess it depends on how much you dislike being in the rain or stopping your plans to have a beer at a taberna and wait out the rain. Roads can be bad so rent a 4×4.
That being said, if you continue with your plans to go to Costa Rica, let me know and I have tons of recommendations. I’ve traveled over a large part of the country and it’s a great place to visit. People are very friendly and it’s a very safe country (although i would avoid Puerto Limon).
Post # 8
we are thinking about staying a couple days at arenal and then renting a car and going down to purto viejo and staying at a lodge down there. Are the roads really as bad as I read and are we going to have trouble communicating if we do not know spanish? just wondering if i need to do some rosetta stone before the trip.
Post # 9
OP-if you are able, you culd put your honeymoon off for 1 mo- 1.5 mo. Not sure if that is really an option for you, but the dry season should start at end of Nov. We went one in the rainy season and once in the dry season. I think it rained in the dry season too (especially in the rain forest), but def more in the green.
Post # 10
I can’t answer about the roads bc I haven’t been back in a few years. As far as knowing Spanish…..it’s not required, but it would def be helpful if you could speak some spanish. Just the basics would be helpful I think.
Post # 10
Well I think we are just going to risk it! I have a coworker that went in October and had an awesome time. We are just going to be careful on what parts of the country we go to. We are going to spend half the time near Arenal Volcano, and half the time near the beach in the northern pacific area. Any recommendations on all inclusive beach resorts? Thanks for all the input!
Post # 11
We are honeymooning in Costa Rica in very early September. I am also a bit worried about the rain 🙁 I talked with a number of people I know who have been to Costa Rica (and Fiance has a friend who lives there) and they all said the roads are not great. We opted for trasportation. Booked everything through Anywhere Costa Rica, at the recommendation of a coworker… she used them to book her honeymoon there last year. So far, our experience with them has been fabulous and my coworker could not speak more highly of them! If you go to the website and enter some info about budget, things you like to do, etc., they will send you an itinerary (no obligation to book) and you can see what kind of activities you can do and how much it’ll cost for transportation if you don’t want to drive.
Post # 12
I am with you on not driving ourselves! It’s worth the extra money. I will definitely check out that website. Thanks!
Post # 13
I went to costa rica a few years ago (in may) but I just wanted to add the roads were CRAZY! There was an accident ahead of us and we had to be detoured on even scarier roads and the driver said this is totally common. I would not recommend driving yourself!
Post # 14
How about in July? Is it raining then? We want to go in July but I’d hate to go if it’s raining then too.
Post # 15
We just got back from Costa Rica, and it was the very dry season when we were there. We heard that the roads can be VERY crazy during the wet season, especially driving up to the mountains/jungles…I saw that you mentioned Ricon de la Vieja, where we did visit for the day. The roads getting up there were bumpy in dry conditions, so I would definitely check into what it would be like driving around during the wet season.
We spent six days in Playa Flamingo/Guanacaste, so PM me if you need any more specific info.
Post # 16
I went two years ago during the ‘wet’ season and the biggest difference is whether you’re going to the pacific side or the caribe side, as the first is much dryer because it’s a completely different climate type (you’ll notice the landscape is less lush too). Going all the way down through Dominical you’ll notice nice wide concrete roads, as there are several estates and all inclusives located on Hwy 34. Try taking a look on the pacific side. We went on the end of the wet season (Dec) and stayed about half of our time on the Caribe side. It was intensely beautiful but our clothes were never actually dry so I was really glad we headed to the west side so we could experience some sun!
Make sure you head to Monteverde for some kick-ass ziplining (spend the extra $ for the Xtreme – it’s worth it!) since you’re going to Arenal. There are also the best chicken nachos I have ever had in my life at this teeny taco stand next to one of the hostels in town. If you walk around for 1 minute, you’ll find it. Oh! And make sure to bring warm clothes…Monteverde is a lot chillier than the rest of the country. GAH. Have a great time – I’m jealous!!