Costa Rica in June

June, the start of Costa Rica’s Green Season, is when heavier rains breathe life into the country’s landscape. The first rain transforms arid regions into a lush, tropical paradise. Despite periodic afternoon showers, the sun still graces most of each day. This season, known as Costa Rica’s low season for travel, offers discounted prices. While summer travel in Costa Rica has gained popularity recently, those who book late into the rainy season, primarily in September, can still enjoy discounted rates.

Costa Rica’s Green Season is a magical time of year when the landscape comes to life. A favorite time of year for surfers, wildlife enthusiasts, and savvy travelers alike, traveling to Costa Rica in June has its perks. Continue reading below to learn more about planning a trip to Costa Rica in June.

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What the Weather is like in Costa Rica in June

June marks the start of the rainy season and brings slightly cooler weather and more frequent rains. While you’ll undoubtedly encounter rain during your trip, you’ll still enjoy more than your fair share of Costa Rican sunshine. It rains daily, often in the early mornings or the afternoon, and the rest of the day is sunny. June is also one of the lighter months of the rainy season. Nevertheless, the weather is still transitioning, and so, unlike October and November, where daily rainstorms are the norm, June should still be about half-dry and half-wet.

Rain in Costa Rica is rarely cold or uncomfortable. For most of the country, a warm, periodic afternoon rainstorm is a welcome event as it clears away the stuffy clouds and leaves the trees and plants green and refreshed.

Temperatures in June range from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit (18-32 Celsius) during the day and about 10-15 degrees cooler at night. The weather on the Caribbean side of the country is much less easily predictable, but by and large, it tends to be rainier.

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Where to Go in Costa Rica in June

Since the rainfall in June is relatively light, it won’t restrict your Costa Rica vacation. If you really want to avoid the rain, head to the Guanacaste province on the northern Pacific Coast, which tends to see rain much later in the year. Guanacaste boasts a dry tropical climate and has some of the country’s most popular surfing beaches and towns. Trip itineraries can include a wide range of activities, from water-based activities (rafting, kayaking, etc) to nature and adventure tours due to the region’s proximity to beaches and mountains.

Here are some of our favorite June destinations:

  • Tortuguero National Park: June marks the beginning of the nesting season for green sea turtles in Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. Take a boat tour through the park’s intricate network of canals, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as caimans, monkeys, and exotic birds.
  • Osa Peninsula: Head to the remote and biodiverse Osa Peninsula for an off-the-beaten-path adventure in June. Explore Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Hike through the primary rainforest teeming with wildlife, relax on secluded beaches, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the untouched wilderness.

Things to Do in Costa Rica in June

  1. Guided Hike in a National Park – With a professional naturalist as your guide, explore the fascinating jungles of Costa Rica and encounter exotic wildlife.
  2. Soak in the Hot Springs – Relax and unwind in Costa Rica’s volcanic hot springs. The hot springs vary in temperature, so finding one that’s just right is easy.
  3. Visit one of Costa Rica’s Cultural Museums – If you’re caught in a rainstorm, there are still plenty of fascinating things to experience indoors at one of Costa Rica’s many museums. San Jose has great museums on Costa Rica’s history and culture, while other parts of the country, such as Puerto Viejo and Monteverde, have great museums on the sub-cultures and cultivation practices (like chocolate!) that have made Costa Rica such a diverse and unique place.
  4. Eat Your Way Through Costa Rica on a Gastronomy Tour – Whether through a tour provider or self-guided with a CRE detailed itinerary, you can eat your way through Costa Rica rain or shine. Think macadamia nut-crusted fresh mahi-mahi with a dessert of passionfruit cheesecake!
  5. Volunteer at a Wildlife Center—Costa Rica has dozens of wildlife centers where travelers can volunteer. These centers serve as rehabilitation centers for injured wildlife. You’ll have an up-close and personal wildlife experience while helping protect Costa Rica’s wildlife.

Holidays, Festivals & Events

Father’s Day (3rd Sunday in June)

Like in the US, Costa Rica celebrates its fathers on the third Sunday in June each year. Though not nearly on the same scale as Mother’s Day (which is a national holiday), Father’s Day is an important day for many Costa Ricans. Falling on a Sunday, which is occasionally the only day that families can all be together given the typical 5.5 day work week, this day is an opportunity for families to have carne asada (BBQ) at the river or for fathers to take a stroll with their children down to the local park.

Arbor Day / Día del Arbol (June 15th)

Every June 15th, Costa Rican schoolchildren and some businesses acknowledge this international event that encourages people to plant and care for trees. In a country that is so focused on conservation, it is no surprise that the Costa Rican Arbor Day was actually signed into a decree a century ago in 1915 by President González Flores. Some have even referenced that act as one of the first environmental laws signed in Costa Rica. Nevertheless, Arbor Day is not just a one-day event in Costa Rica. Thanks to strict conservation and deforestation laws, as of 2011, Costa Rica is said to have more than 50% of its territory covered by trees.

St. Peter & St. Paul Day /Día de San Pedro y San Pablo(June 29)

This day is marked by a few processions and religious events organized primarily by Catholic parishes. You may expect to find some good local fried food outside the local Catholic church this day!

What to Pack

If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica in June, you’ll want to pack a travel umbrella. Travel umbrellas are compact, quick-drying, and easy to pack. A raincoat or poncho should also be on your packing list, especially if you plan on hiking for extended periods of time. Check out our detailed Costa Rica Packing List for more must-have items for your Costa Rica Vacation.

Pros to Visiting Costa Rica in June

  • Low season prices mean you get more bang for your buck
  • Beaches and national parks will be less crowded
  • There aren’t too many festivities taking place so activity and transportation schedules won’t be affected

Cons to Visiting Costa Rica in June

  • Accommodation costs may fluctuate between high and low season pricing during this month
  • Rivers and roads may be affected by torrential rains
  • No guaranteed suntans but still plenty of beach time

The Bottom Line on Costa Rica in June

While June is the official beginning of the rainy season, it’s still a great time to travel to Costa Rica. It’s best to plan your travel ahead of time, as weather and prices can be unpredictable. Contact us below if we can help you plan a trip.

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