Calendar of events in Costa Rica: The Green Season, May to August

A calendar of events in Costa Rica is an excellent complement for your use while planning and enjoying your vacation. If you are traveling in the green season you may be the sort of traveler more interested in culture, traditions and fantastic adventures.

Resplendent Quetzal

In this calendar of events in Costa Rica, you will find the holidays, the travel industry events, and of course, the possible wildlife sightings and seasons.

Costa Rica is as assorted as it is, it’s important to understand that nature does not depend on calendars or clocks to show up. And there might be exciting events in very different areas of the country.

So, we will go on with this calendar of events in Costa Rica with the part of the year that is known to be exuberant, rainy and beautiful: The green season

Remember that the green season is known only to the touristic industry and it is the part of the year when rains are not as strong and students, families, and volunteers come to enjoy the country in this time of year.

May ,Transition Month – Green Season

The beginning of the green season in May is an awaited change to get out of the extreme heat of the dry season.

As temperature drops, the number of travelers falls as well, creating great chances for a fantastic vacation with lower rates, great comfort and still, great weather.

Holidays:

May 1st: Labor Day is a national holiday in Costa Rica marked by political parades, demonstrations, the election of the Congress Directive Board and a presidential speech. Many businesses and all government offices will be closed on May 1.

May 15th: San Isidro Labrador day. This day praises the Patron Saint of farmers and farm animals and the blessings of future harvests and cattle. Parades around the churches with animals are common.

Sea turtle

Wildlife:

Turtles:
Caribbean: (Rare sights) Loggerhead, Leatherback, and Hawksbill.
Pacific Coast: Green Sea Turtle, Olive Ridley, and Hawksbill.

Birdwatching
May is great to see the resident species of Costa Rica. As the rains come, there is plenty of food for the birds to eat.

Resplendent Quetzal

Quite visible in May as there is plenty of food for them in the Wild Avocado trees.

June – Green Season

Rainy season: Pacific side, Central Valley, Southern Mountains.
All the Caribbean, Turrialba Valley and the Northern Plains (Including Sarapiqui and Arenal Volcano

The rain makes a great atmosphere if you are into nature. Rainforests seem to bloom and the air seems fresher and cooler.

In June, you’ll see a surge in the travel industry, as it is the time for students, volunteers, and families in all the main destinations of Costa Rica.

If you want to go for more calmed places to enjoy the silence and noises of the forest, we really recommend you to travel with us so that we can accommodate you in adults-only hotels, or resorts that have the adults environments and swimming pools separated from the children’s areas.

Wildlife watching:
Turtles:
Caribbean: (Rare sights) Loggerhead, Leatherback, and Hawksbill.
Pacific Coast: Green Sea Turtle, Olive Ridley, and Hawksbill.

Migratory Species

In June, you may discover some migratory species coming from South America (In winter in this time of year) like Scissor-Tailed Kites.

Resplendent Quetzal

Quite visible in June.  They are mating and watching for their eggs and little ones. There is plenty of food in the Wild avocado trees (Aguacatillo trees).

July & August – Green Season

Rainy season: Pacific side, Central Valley, Southern Mountains.
All the Caribbean, Turrialba Valley and the Northern Plains (Including Sarapiquí and Arenal Volcano

It’s the green season in Costa Rica, but a small opening of sunlight breaks the rainy days in July in what locals call “the veranillo de San Juan”.

There are no exact dates for this phenomena, it is mainly a matter of good luck on these dates.

In this time of year, even without the veranillo, we have very clear mornings and usual and fast downpours with electric thunderstorms in the afternoons (Lasting one or two hours when really long).

This is part of the green season. A period when a lot of families, students groups and volunteers travel through the country as summer vacations are setting in Europe, the United States, and Canada.
Some hotels increase their rates in the green season months.

July 16th: The Fiesta of the Virgin of the Sea is set to be on the Saturday closest to the 16th. It happens in Puntarenas with a procession of gilded fishing boats transporting the image of La Virgen del Monte Carmelo (the city’s patron saint) and a mass.

July 25th: Guanacaste Day commemorates the addition of Guanacaste to Costa Rica in 1824. Most typical fiestas in Guanacaste with folk dancing, topes (horse parades), traditional bullfights, rodeos, and cattle shows are especially colorful.

Humpback whale

Wildlife watching:

Humpback whales

Turtles
Caribbean: (Rare sights) Loggerhead, Leatherback, and Hawksbill.
Pacific Coast: Green Sea Turtle, Olive Ridley, and Hawksbill.

Birdwatching
It’s a good time to appreciate antbirds, watch a lot of activity in the trogons families and get engaged with mixed tanagers, finches and hummingbirds flocks.

Migratory Species

In July, you may discover some migratory species coming from South America (In winter in this time of year) like Scissor-Tailed Kites.

Resplendent Quetzal

Chicks are coming out of their nest. Quetzals fly in the depth of the forest and are not easy to spot in this time of year (Better in Cerro de la Muerte or Savegre).

Conclusion:

The green season is a fantastic time to come to Costa Rica, in order to see the most genuine celebrations, the lusciousness of the whole country and an abundance in the wildlife sightings.

Ask our travel designers and enjoy the best of our country in the green season!

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