Climate & Geography
When talk turns to Costa Rica's
climate, hyperbole flows as thick and as fast as the waterfalls
that cascade in ribbons of quicksilver down through the forest clad
mountains. The country likes wholly within the tropics, yet boasts
at least a dozen climate zones and is markedly diverse in local
microclimates, which make generalizations on temperature and rainfall
Most regions have a rainy season
(May-November) and a dry season (December-April). And the rainfall
almost everywhere follows a predictable schedule. In general, highland
ridges are wet and windward sides are the wettest.
When planning your study abroad
trip, don't be misled by the terms "summer" and "winter",
which Ticos use to designate their wet and dry seasons. The Tico
summer runs from December through April, and occurs in what are
winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, so it can be confusing.
Under any circumstance, do not be put off by the "rainy season".
Costa Rica promotes it as the green season and it is generally speaking
a splendid time to travel.
Temperature, dictated more by
elevation and location than by season, range from tropical on the
coastal plains to temperate in the interior highlands.
Mean temperatures average 82
F (27 C) one the coasts and lowlands, and in the central highlands
the average temperatures average 74 F (23 C).
Rain is a fact of life in Costa
Rica. During the rainy season, rains occur in the early afternoons
in the highlands, midafternoons in the Pacific lowlands, and late
afternoons in the Atlantic lowlands. Sometimes it falls in sudden
torrents called aguaceros, sometimes it falls hard and steady, and
many times it is intermittent throughout the afternoon.
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of Christopher P. Baker and Avalon Travel Publishing.
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