Monteverde Cloud Forest
Arco Iris Lodge
Temperatures are pretty steady all year round about 64f
Rainfall is consistent through the year
What to do:
Monteverde is the country’s most renowned destination for cloud forests. A small town hemmed in by the Santa Elena and Monteverde Reserves, it is also very close to the Arenal volcano area. Here you can hike along the trails that traverse these copious habitats of lichen, moss and orchids, populated by ocelots, butterflies, umbrella birds and the endangered Quetzal.
Manual Antonio / Quepos
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Arenas del Mar
December to April is the dry season for Costa Ricaâs Pacific Coast, although please bear in mind that the tropical climate of Costa Rica means that there is rainfall all year round.
What to do:
The Manuel Antonio National Park with 1700 hectares of protected rainforest and 136,000 acres of marine reserve it is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, but the second most popular. Green kingfishers, squirrel monkeys, butterflies, hummingbirds, collared hawks and howler monkeys all reside in its evergreen woods which crawl right up to the tide lines and are laced with expedition trails. Dolphins and whales can be spotted swimming in its bays and in between its 12 islands.
This region also has some of the most stunning white-sand beaches including Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio, the latter of which has a coral reef. Neaby Jaco is a surfer's paradise.