Why the Costa Rica Rainy Season doesn’t Exist

Rain or Shine

Before COVID, I would have never written this blog post. The reason being is that tourism in Costa Rica never really struggled to have people visit until COVID. We would receive guests from later December until Mid-August. Many of those guests thought that we would bunker up for September, October, and November, just waiting out the Costa Rica rainy season. They were correct that those months were the rainy season. But they could not be farther from the truth to think we just hunkered down to try and stay dry.

So why doesn’t a Costa Rica Rainy Season Exist?

Costa Rica’s rainy season doesn’t exist on a country-wide level. At no point in every area of the country is it the rainy season at the same time. 

Costa Rica has many variables that allow such a small country to never have the same weather all at once. 

These variables are its rugged terrain and a coastline on each of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A rainy season in one part of Costa Rica is not the rainy season in another. The reasons listed below are why no one would not spend these three months hunkered down. 

If you are familiar with rafting, then more rain means better and more adventurous rapids! Too much rain, of course, means it’s canceled.  But for the most part, the rainy season has a water level that is just perfect for rafting.

Caribbean Costa Rica

The second reason is that not all of Costa Rica has the same rainy season.  In the spirit to re-activate tourism in Costa Rica, I will let you in on a little secret.

The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful coastal areas on the planet. It is a short window, but it can’t be matched during September, October, and November. The white sandy beaches, sunny blue skies, and crystal clear water. It has always been mind-boggling that more people do not visit during this time of the year.

It has always been unfortunate that Costa Rica was labeled the rainy season for the entire country. This has resulted in fewer visitors and investment on the Caribbean side. 

The driest months of the southern Caribbean in September, October, and November. Ironically this is a phenomenon related to hurricane season forming a sun umbrella over the southern Caribbean.

I will say the good majority of the country; you can expect rain even once you get into the Caribbean mountains. But the actual coastline is practically no rain for three months.

This combination is one of the few places where you can find world-class rafting on the Pacuare River.  Then only a one and ½ hour drive to the sunny white sandy beaches of the southern Caribbean. You might think I am biased, but it is without question my favorite combination possible for a Costa Rica adventure vacation.  

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POC Camp

The POC camp is an extension of the POC lodge and while the POC Lodge is located with vast views of the Pacuare River Canyon the POC Camp is down on the river’s edge. While it might not have the view of the POC Lodge it sits on one of the calmest sections of the river making the POC Camp home to one of the river Pacuare’s best spots for taking a swim and relaxing on the river’s edge.

POCsito is a favorite among so many of our guests. It is a glamping experience with some of the important comforts of home.

POC Lodge

Started in 2011 is the POC lodge. If you haven’t figured it out by now POC lodge is our own lodge and what we like to call the “baby” of the P.O.C. Adventure Company. We wanted a lodge on our favorite part of Costa Rica which is the Pacuare River and with the help of locally harvested supplies and labor, the POC Lodge was born.

 

This is a 180-acre property that runs over 1 mile of the Pacuare River. Our goal has always been to offer as much comfort as possible without steering too far away from our roots of just roughing it on the river’s edge. Our lodge has hot water, a splash of luxury in the rooms, and 5-Star service and attention to our guests.

Our favorite part about the lodge is that we built a short hike up from the river’s edge. We know we have the best views of the Pacuare River canyon and unfortunately pictures don’t even do it justice.

Arenal Paraiso, Arenal

Have you ever wanted to stay the night at the base of an active volcano? Well here is your chance. The Arenal Paraiso is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano with breath-taking views of the perfectly cone-shaped volcano.

Here at Arenal Paraiso’s, you will enjoy the beautiful property which offers much more than just a view. The property has numerous bungalows that offer a splash of luxury while surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. After a day of adventure, you will love making your way back to relax or hang out in the pool at Arenal Paraiso.

Shawandha, Caribbean 

Located at the edge of the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica sits the Shawandha lodge.  A perfect blend of eco-style luxury along with the sounds of the ocean and vibrant ambiance of the rainforest.

Shawandha lodge is set up with individual bungalows made out of local wood. You will be sure to wake up to the sound of the local residents such as the howler monkeys and green macaws. After your day of adventure, you will have a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful swimming pool at the Shawandha Lodge.

Hotel Villa Florencia, Turrialba

Located in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by sugar-cane plantations and views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano sits an old plantation home that has been renovated into a beautiful small hotel named Villa Florencia.

This is a great hotel with a beautiful pool and plenty of space to take long morning or afternoon hikes. The Villa Florencia hotel is a chance to enjoy luxury while feeling like you stook back in time. While you are in the valley don’t forget to look up as the Turrialba Volcano can often be seen doing small eruptions from across the valley.

Casa Turire, Turrialba

Casa Turire has been one of our favorites since we started. The grounds are some of the lushest you will find anywhere in Costa Rica. Casa Turire sits in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by mountains and the beautiful Turrialba Volcano. The most amazing part about Casa Turire other than its great restaurant and home-made sugar cane ice cream is that it sits on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Angostura offering great morning hikes, birding, or SUPing around the lake.