Costa Rica General Information
Best Time Of Year
In order to choose the best time of year to come to Costa Rica, you should look at the regional
seasons outlined, in addition to taking into consideration several other factors such as weather
Costa Rica does not really know all 4 seasons. During the summer months (mid December to
April is known as summer in Costa Rica), temperatures are extremely hot and the chance of
rain is very unlikely. However, crowds during these months can get pretty fierce, especially
over Christmas, New Year's and Easter Week. This is Costa Rica's high season and therefore,
hotel and car rental prices will be higher during this time of year than the rest of the year. The
best surfing from December to April can be found anywhere along the northern peninsula
(Nicoya) or on the Caribbean.
THE RAINY SEASON
The rainy season technically starts in May and lasts until the end of November. However, during
the months of May, June, July & August, temperatures are still hot and the heavy rains have
yet to fall. Common weather at this time is sunny skies with late afternoon or early morning
rain showers. The real rains truly begin in September and last until the end of November. The
biggest advantage of traveling during these months is lower prices (this is the low season) and
much fewer crowds.
Surfing in Playa Hermosa / Jaco
Playa Hermosa and nearby Jaco is THE definitive surf mecca of the central pacific coast. This
area arguably offers the most consistent year-round surf with over 3 miles of steep beaches
with excellent exposure to swells from almost any direction. Although this area is extremely
popular, there are so many peaks up an down the beach that you are likely to find an
uncrowded, head high peak at almost any time of year.
Playa Hermosa is a small community of surfer friendly hotels and small restaurants & all
accommodations are located beachfront with surf right out the door. Because the surf in Playa
Hermosa is more challenging than nearby Jaco, this area attracts a more experienced surfer.
Playa Jaco, located just 2 short hours from the international airport, has become one of Costa
Rica's most visited beach towns, especially amongst the traveling surf community. Jaco is a
small, yet extremely active town geared towards surfers, parties & nightlife. As you walk down
the "strip," you will find countless surf shops, restaurants, bars, discos and a variety of
Hermosa is geared more towards the hard-core surfer while Jaco is designed for the active type
looking for plenty of hotels, surf shops, bars, discos and an overwhelming nightlife.
One of Hermosa's greatest advantages: located just 2 hours on paved road from the international airport in San José.
Best Time: May - November
Because the surf in Playa Hermosa is more challenging than nearby Jaco, this area attracts a
more experienced surfer.
long stretch of beach offering some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast. A
variety of sandbars have formed creating a pounding and tubular beachbreak. The following are
the breaks that line this beach:
- Terraza - a fast, hollow right breaking in front of a group of visible rocks. Several other
breaks just south of this break offer less punishing waves breaking over a sandbar. Best
conditions on a west/southwest swell from low to mid tide incoming.
- Backyard - a very consistent sandbar located at the entrance to the dirt road in
Hermosa. This wave breaks close to the beach and is generally hollow with rights and
lefts. Best conditions on a southwest/west swell at mid - high tide incoming.
- Almendro (Almond Tree) - breaking in deeper water than most of the hotel breaks, this
break also offers a sandbottom with rights and lefts. Best conditions on a
south/southwest swell at mid- high tide incoming.
- Corners - breaking in even deeper water creating a little more size, more sandbottom
rights and lefts. Generally bigger than northern breaks of Hermosa. Best conditions at
low to mid tide and a west/southwest swell.
- Tulin - located in front of the Soda Tulin about 10 minutes south of the Backyard, this
break is consistently a few feet bigger than the hotel breaks. There is also a rivermouth
break further south (with crocodiles) with a perfect line-up in ideal conditions. Best
conditions at low tide on a west swell.