OMG, what clothes to bring to Costa Rica?
KEEP IN MIND THERE ARE 2 MAJOR CLIMATE ZONES
(but lots of micro climates)
1. Costa Rica's Central Valley is famous for having some of the best weather in the world, due to its' mountainous location yet only 9 degrees from the equator. The temperatures during the day can be around 70 F.; or 3-8 degrees cooler than the beaches, but at night the difference can be as high as 20 degrees. So its not uncommon to have daytime temperatures of 75 F. that dip to 55 F. at night.
There are lots of micro-climates: so you could experience 95 F. degree afternoons in Santa Ana, and 10 minutes away, at night, be freezing in the mountains of Escazu. Arenal can have similar temperature fluctuations.
Rainy season in San Jose is pretty similar to the beaches, from May till November with the worst month being October and the worst period normally from Sept. 25th to November 25th..
2. The beaches can be divided between north, central and south, Atlantic and Pacific. Here in Jaco, our temperatures are the best of any beach area south of Mexico, because of how the bay is shaped and the cooling breezes we receive. During the day, Central Pacific temperatures can average between 76-90 F.; while either north in Guanacaste, or south in the Osa peninsula, temperatures can average 85-95 F.
In the Jaco area, the nights comfortably cool down, while the other regions
things can still seem warm. The Caribbean side seems muggier more often than anywhere else, and they do have almost the opposite schedule of the rainy season as the Pacific. Check the weather on google before you come!!!
Remember what happens in San Jose sometimes stays in San Jose, so if you want the weather for the Pacific, check Puntarenas as an indicator.
Easy way to remember the difference between Celcius & Fahrenheit:
82 F. is 28 C.
Pack light: Bring comfortable, hand-washable clothing. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in San José though frowned upon in Government offices. 100% cotton shirts and shorts are recommented
AT night it can get chilly away from the beaches, so bring long pants, a few long sleeve shirts;and a light weight jacket.
In San Jose, if planning to go out in the evening, slacks are highly recommended as some restaurants won't admit you in shorts or sandals.
Yes jeans are popular, especially with a sport coat for upper class events.
100% long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended if you take any day trips out to smaller towns, where immodest attire is frowned upon.
IN general, Costa Ricans' take pride in their clothing, especially in the San Jose suburbs, either Escazu, Santa Ana or Curridibat.
Bring a large hat to block the sun from your face and neck.
Pack a couple long sleeve shirts, a light sweater, sweatshirt or lightweight jacket for San José's cool nights for trips up volcanoes. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are essential if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and hiking.
Waterproof hiking sandals or other footwear that lets your feet breathe are good for strolling about town, and also for beach walking, fording streams, and navigating the myriad mudholes you'll find on rain and cloud forest trails.
If going to the beach, obviously you'll want light, cool, clothing, swimwear, shades, etc. and the standard fare is shirts, shorts, sandals (with straps is better than flipflops!).;
but there is a 10,000 colones fine for wearing shorts and dark socks with either tennis shoes or sandals during the day!
In Jacó Beach, you can purchase just about anything you may have forgotten, from sexy bikinis to
to Ayurvedic toothpaste to digital cameras...we've got it all!
Bring the CR Beach language tips found on our page, "Learn these Words" (please remember if you
are from Canada, Great Britain, or the Boston area-its Co-sta Rica not Casta Rica!) . Costa Rica is not a "3rd world" country, where getting supplies is difficult.If you forget your camera battery pack or the computer recharge-cord, you can most likely get them at a Radio Shack for twice the U.S. price, or at Walmart-for only 25-50% more than the U.S. Yes there are tons of places to buy mosquito repellent or suntan lotion, but probably double the U.S. price.
All in all, our temperatures are similar to summers in San Diego, California, with a little Miami mixed in.....
Jeff's super tip: bring good sandals with you, (prefavorably with a back strap), because the sidewalks here, (where they exist) can tear up the most expensive pair of flipflops in a second, (and possibly with your face kissing our famous black ants.) Remember in Costa Rica, if you trip and fall, it's your fault-there are no personal injury lawsuits here......
Have a great time while here, and Pura Vida!
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