Costa Rica weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Costa Rica.

Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Costa Rica. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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The weather guide for Costa Rica (San Jose) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Costa Rica weather overview

Costa Rica is a small mountainous country between Nicaragua and Panama and shares many elements of its climate with the latter. Temperatures are high throughout the year, especially on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts which experience some rain all year and get very wet and sticky indeed during the May to November rainy season.

If you prefer more temperate conditions, head for the hills where the air is crisper and the nights are cooler.

What to pack for Costa Rica weather

Pack light clothing with warmer clothes for the chilly highland nights and a light raincoat for the rainy season.

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Which is the hottest month in Costa Rica?

The hottest time of year in San Jose, Costa Rica is normally May. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 25°C with low heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Costa Rica?

In terms of rainfall, September is usually the wettest month in San Jose, Costa Rica with 372mm on average. There are normally 24 days in September with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Costa Rica?

The sunniest time of year in San Jose, Costa Rica is normally March with bright sunshine on average for 60% of daylight hours; that's 7 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the flight time to Costa Rica from the UK?

The flight time to Costa Rica from the UK is typically 11.5 hours.

What is the time difference between Costa Rica and the UK?

The time difference between Costa Rica and the UK is GMT-6 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Costa Rica?

The main language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish.

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What is the currency in Costa Rica?

The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).

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Which plugs are used in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica uses electrical plug type A + B (120 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Costa Rica?

They drive on the right side of the road in Costa Rica.

Compare Costa Rica weather with the USA

Below the Costa Rica weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Costa Rica (San Jose) and the USA (Washington).

Maximum daytime temperature (°C)

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