Costa Rica in July: Weather, Tips & Marine Life

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July falls in the middle of the rainy season in Costa Rica. But the month also witnesses spectacular weather conditions, making it the perfect time to visit the country. For three to four weeks during July, heavy clouds dissipate and some parts of the country enjoy a little slice of summer, which the locals call ‘veranillo’.

Combine great weather with fewer crowds, and you have a great recipe for a perfect Costa Rica holiday experience. Furthermore, the off-peak season offers great travel and accommodation deals. Now is an ideal time to enjoy popular tourist hotspots like Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde, and Arenal.

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Costa Rica Weather in July

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The temperatures of Costa Rica in July vary depending on where you are. The northwestern part of the country is the driest during this month of the year, with daytime temperatures in the upper of 26°C. The central Pacific region is rainier, but only in the late afternoon and onwards.

Expect rain, heat, and humidity in the southern Pacific and northern Caribbean parts of the country. Temperatures are mild in Arenal and central Costa Rica, which are perfect for activities like beach frolics, surfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Try popular surf spots Jaco and Tamarindo, or explore Arenal and Tortuguero national parks.

Weather in Costa Rica in July - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jun Jul Aug
Avg Daily (°C) 28 28 28
Avg Nightly (°C) 18 18 18
Avg Daily (°F) 83 83 83
Avg Nightly (°F) 65 65 65
Avg Rainfall (mm) 170 180 190

Why Visit Costa Rica in July

View of Hermosa Beach Pier, a look at downtown Hermosa Beach in Costa Rica
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Wild Caribbean beach of Manzanillo at Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
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There is a lot to love about Costa Rica in July, particularly if you are looking to explore some of the country’s most popular attractions. Less rain in the northwestern parts of Costa Rica offers great conditions for exploration. Plus, with low-season discounts nationwide, you can easily afford hotels and resorts at popular destinations. Here is why visiting Costa Rica in July is a great idea.

  • Little summer treat: Coincide your trip to Costa Rica with veranillo (little summer) and you can have a great holiday experience in northwestern and central regions, where rainfall is low. Include Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo, Playa del Coco, and Dominical in your itinerary.
  • Fewer crowds: Costa Rica in July is still in its low season. With fewer tourists around, you can fully enjoy the otherwise crowded destinations like Arenal and Manuel Antonio national parks.
  • Low-season discounts: Budget travelers rejoice! A trip to Costa Rica in July is bound to be light on your pocket. Expect up to 50 percent off on hotel rooms and enjoy discounts on car rentals as well. A great month for avid backpackers to enjoy Costa Rica.
  • Marine life: July is the turtle-nesting season in Costa Rica. If you are an admirer of these bony-shelled reptilians, you can spy on them in multiple locations. It is also a perfect time to catch a glimpse of other marine life. Head to Tortuguero on the country’s northern Caribbean coast or to Ostional in the Nicoya Peninsula to make the most of your trip.

Where to go and what to do

Aerial view of Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Osa Peninsula contains a complex of national parks and refuges

With rainy days on a short hiatus, you will find a treasure trove of things to do in Costa Rica in July. Take your adventures to where veranillo (little summer) is most felt and you will have the time of your life. Go beach-hopping in Tamarindo, Playa Hermosa, Flamingo and Nosara.

With big discounts on hotels in tourist hotspots, be sure to include the best places of Costa Rica in your itinerary. Discover the rich wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoy its beautiful beaches and go for a hike. You can also take a dip in hot springs, zipline above forest canopies, or hike to La Fortuna Waterfall. Arenal, Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, is spectacular this time of year.

July is also the turtle-nesting season in Costa Rica. So the country’s coasts are worth visiting this time of year. Also, explore the diverse wildlife of Tortuguero National Park or the Nicoya Peninsula. Find out how many days to spend in Costa Rica to plan your perfect trip.

Costa Rica offers everything travelers are looking for—great weather (in some places), low prices, and fewer crowds—in July. Do note, however, that while veranillo (little summer) promises less rainfall in general, torrential rains are still common in some regions, especially in the country’s southern Pacific areas. There is also more rain on the Caribbean coast. So plan your itinerary accordingly. July is also a great month to explore Costa Rica because the country’s popular attractions are less crowded. You can also find incredible accommodation and travel deals.

Connect with our travel experts to plan your perfect customized trip to Costa Rica or alternatively check our July tours to Costa Rica.

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Published by David Lee, updated on December 20, 2022

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