The Exotic Climate of Costa Rica

by David Lovendahl

In an environment that’s unparallel to anywhere else in the world, Costa Rica’s tropical climate allows species of all kinds to thrive. The isthmus of Central America comprises more than 800 species of ferns, 1,000 different orchids, 2,000 trees, and 200 species of mammals. In fact, a third of Costa Rica’s land is nationally protected for national parks and wildlife.
The Costa Rican weather is greatly affected by its proximity to the equator, between the latitudes of 8º North and 11º North. Known to the rest of the world as an atmospheric treat, Costa Rica's climate revolves around mild subtropical conditions, a sharp contrast to the discomforting temperature extremes and prolonged gray periods normally associated with tropical climates. The temperature here follows a certain formula; the higher one goes, the cooler it becomes. Despite having mountains of a height of more than 2000 meters, the temperature in Costa Rica weather averages between 71ºF and 81ºF.

There are primarily two seasons that comprise of the Costa Rica weather. The first is the dry season that falls in between December and May and the second if the rainy season that occurs during the months between June and November on the Caribbean coast. But on the Pacific side it is somewhat arid, while February to April is a dry summer.

When the Spanish had colonized Costa Rica, they had named these two seasons of Costa Rica weather (with regard to their Mediterranean weather) as summer (verano) referring to the dry season and winter (invierno) referring to the wet and rainy season. You will notice interestingly that sometimes the lowest temperatures of the Costa Rica weather have been observed during the summer or verano.

Those who would like to have a break from dry and scorching summers and long, cold winters must be perked up by now at the slightest mention of what the climate is like in Costa Rica. Everyone should experience the great climate that Costa Rica has to offer, in addition to learning of the wealth of opportunities that lie in its soil.