Weather considerations before moving to Costa Rica
by guest blogger Ticonuevo
November-April is high season—or the dry season or tourist season. In my opinion, it is more-accurately called high season because of the higher prices of getting to or arriving at tourist destinations or that “high” relates to high occupancy at hotels, resorts, and B&Bs.
May-October, has historically been considered the “green season” or rainy season here in Costa Rica.
However, weather worldwide is changing and we had rain on the day we arrived at the end of February—unheard of we were told.
We’ve had rain in March and a significant amount in April. Add to that the fact that Costa Rica suffered a drought in 2012. (It was severe enough that several communities are currently out of water and having it trucked in.)
Weather with relation to rain, temparatures and humidity within Costa Rica can vary widely between the various microclimates of the Central Valley, the more arid areas in the inland North Pacific, the more humid and wet beautiful Central Pacific and the more-sparsely populated very humid Caribbean coast. Historically, Costa Rica averages about 196 centimeters (77 inches) of rain per year.
Historically, most of it falls between 30-90 minutes each afternoon during the green season except for about three weeks in October, when it rains pretty hard all day. How global warming will effect the norm, is open for discussion. We got a glimpse of climate change here in Costa Rica, when one of the major coffee growers moved one of its plantations up the mountain because higher temperatures at its current altitude were affecting bean quality.
In the search for property, I was surprised to see listed homes for sale located on upper vistas of the north side of the Central Valley sporting fireplaces. However, the San Jose airport is situated at 3,000 feet elevation and some property listings are situated at 5,000 feet and higher. Depending on location, and microclimate zone, temperatures can drop noticeably and annual rainfall can rise. Some microclimate zones experience fog in addition to more rainfall, cooler temps and less humidity. For a couple of Left Coasters, humidity is a tough adjustment and figures into where we’ll eventually settle. All of you East Coast types, are probably laughing under your breath thinking, “what a pair of lightweights.”
Over a beer in a bar with two expats living near a northern hillside Central Valley community, my wife and I were told that one chap’s wife was asking for a space heater. The man said, “if I have to buy heat for my house, we’re going to move to a warmer spot down the hill.”
The author of this blog, Ticonuevo, is a US expat who moved to Costa Rica and used the services of GoDutch Realty to purchase a property in Costa Rica. In his blogs, Ticonuevo describes his own experiences of taking the step of moving to Costa Rica and getting a new life started.