Costa Rica’s rainy season,  runs from approximately May through November. Much of the rest of the time, winter-fleeing northerners pack beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, crowds in the party town clubs spill out into the streets, and the tourism industry is in full swing. 

But things slow down during the wetter months. Most of the time, you don’t really need reservations, anywhere. It’s smart to arrange a hotel or two in advance, but even if your first choice is booked up, there are plenty of alternatives.

You’ll meet more Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves. Sometimes a place you’ll want to eat or drink at is closed. So what? There’s a great place across the road. There are people in the bars, but it’s easy to place your order. 

Another great advantage is the less-crowded ocean, you will enjoy surfing the beach break of Playa Tamarindo without bumping into others surfers. 

It’s less expensive – sometimes up to 40 percent cheaper, so you may be able to get the lovely suite way out of your budget you’ll always wanted! 

It’ll rain, but you’ve got to be the reed. Yield to the vagaries of the rainy season, embrace it, be thankful for its cool kiss, dress appropriately, get some durable sandals such as Tevas, some hiking boots, keep a Ziploc bag handy for your wallet and phone, and make sure to get your swimming in early in the day, when it’s usually sunnier, because yes, sun is out during rainy season! 

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