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Costa Rica in October... To Rainy?

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1. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

My wife and I are thinking of taking a trip to Costa Rica at the end of October (20-28th).

Does anyone know just how disruptive the rain would be for traveling during this period?

We are looking to do:

- La Fortuna/Arenal
- Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Quepos/Manuel Antonio National Park

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

2. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

bump...

We booked this trip. We are going the last week in October, I just hope it isn't a total washout. Anyone with experience traveling in Costa Rica that can provide input, i'd greatly appreciate it.

3. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

bump...

I guess nobody has anything to say about Costa Rica..

4. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 9y

You chose the west side of the central mountains range, and therefore rain!
October is usually a dry month on the east side, and the best month for visiting the coast from Cahuita (south of Limon) to Manzanillo (near Panamanian border).

5. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

No one is able to accurately predict the weather more than 5 days in advance. If it rains it rains, probably will. Thats life "In The Tropics". Buen Viaje.

6. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

No one is able to accurately predict the weather more than 5 days in advance. If it rains it rains, probably will. Thats life "In The Tropics". Buen Viaje.

7. Posted by kael (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

You'll have a great time. The rain is romantic!!!!! Fit things in around the rain. Enjoy yourself. Take an umbrella, they're much better than those hot plastic coats that make you feel like a boil in the bag product. I was in Costa Rica in October and the rain didn't spoil it for me. Monteverde does get really really wet but that's why it has such a unique ecosystem. You can still go on the nature walks in the rain anyway. I went through the forest on a guided walk in a big storm and I felt like one of the animals. It was exciting...... I think you just have to accept that that's the climate and not get stressed out by it, take the time when it's raining to relax and chat to people, and do things that you like. The rain will only spoil things if you let it. Have fun.

8. Posted by kael (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

oh and if the rain does get too much for you on the Pacific side, just go over to the Caribbean side, because as the other person said, it won't be raining there!