When to Visit
Guanacaste is easily accessible year round unlike other regions of Costa Rica. There is consistent heat from November to April, and a wet, “Green” season from late May to November. With the exception of September and October, it does not matter if you visit during the dry season or during the “Green” season as both provide spectacular advantages to offer all types of travelers of all ages.
I went to Cristal Azul with my boyfriend for 4 days and it felt like we spent a week there! Zene and Henner are the most gracious hosts and knowledgeable about the area. We even got to go fishing – what a captain Henner is! If you are thinking of going to Costa Rica – STAY AT CRISTAL AZUL! The villas are wonderfully outfitted, and the property is gorgeous! The pool is a dream, and the beach is right there if that is your thing. The most relaxing vacation I have ever had!Hannah V. Darien CT USA
When to Visit
High Season: November – May
This time of year provides plenty of sunshine and dry heat. Negotiating the Nicoya Peninsula is much easier during the dry season when dirt roads are dry and flat. Tourism is at its peak and most hotels are full. Not too worry in our area though – days are always sunny and the beach is always deserted! Stargazing at night is unforgettable and shooting stars are often in abundance as we are miles from city lights!
Green Season: June – August
If you want to avoid the tourist rush and crowds, although there are never any at Cristal Azul or on San Miguel, the early months of the rainy season are a great time to visit. Tourism during this time of year can still provide for a great experience, especially the more eco-touristy towns nearby of Samara and Mal Pais. Rivers run higher and even the dry-forests of Guanacaste turn green and lush with flora and fauna and the wildlife is much more present and visible. Colors, fragrances and the sounds of nature are in abundance!
Rainy Season: September– October
For the weather, travel and & adventure enthusiast! Roads get muddy and rivers are sometimes too high to cross, making travel throughout the country a more adventurous experience. Days can be cooler with sun through late morning, overcast afternoons with rain and potential for heavy storms at night. The lightning storms across the ocean are quite impressive to watch.
The Sea Turtle Preservation Station & Hatchery is open June – December.