Before you purchase a property in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, you first need to learn more about the Costa Rica climate. You really don’t want to find out, after buying, that you can’t stand the heat. Or maybe that it rains too much.
There is a huge difference in climate, temperature, winds, and humidity in each of the areas that we cover.
That’s why we have agents who live in the area where they sell property. It’s a great way that you, the client, can find out first-hand what those differences in Costa Rica Climate and temperatures are.
Costa Rica has 12 climatic zones; you will be surprised about the changes. This is also the reason that Costa Rica offers such a variety in flora and fauna. The best part is that you can choose the Costa Rica climate that you adjust to best.
It is very important to note that global warming has affected the Costa Rica climate. It is often warmer than it was before and we are receiving a lot more rainfall now.
Costa Rica Climate
Every so many miles, altitudes change, wind changes, topography changes. In other countries, you might have the same weather across the whole country. But in Costa Rica, you have the choice of finding the best temperatures and rainfall that you like most.
You need to understand that the rainy season is what keeps things green in Costa Rica. That’s why most people call the rainy season the Green Season.
You’ll enjoy nature so much more during the green season than during the dry season. Then, every garden and every landscape is full of flowers and birdlife.
The average temperatures in the different locations throughout the country vary incredibly. Although I’ve written a blog about this, here is in short what you should know:
- Escazu: (the lower parts) 75 – 80ºF at night and 80 – 85ºF during the daytime. San Antonio de Escazu is a couple of degrees cooler. There is also more rainfall there.
- Santa Ana: 80ºF at night and 85 – 95ºF during the daytime. There is less rainfall in Santa Ana than in Escazu.
- Heredia: it depends a lot on the altitude that the property is located. Temperatures around 65 – 70ºF at night and 75 – 85ºF during the daytime.
- Atenas: the climate is very much like it is in Santa Ana. But it depends a bit on the winds and the altitude of where you are. The temperature in Atenas: around 80ºF at night and 85 – 95ºF during the daytime.
- Grecia has a cooler climate, very much like the climate in Escazu. The higher you go on the mountain, the cooler it is. Temperatures around 65 -70ºF at night and 75 – 85ºF during the daytime, depending on the altitude that you are.
- Naranjo generally is around 75 – 80ºF at night and 80 – 85ºF during the daytime.
Rainfall in Costa Rica is also very important, more than you think.
If you plan to live in a city or a large town, the rains shouldn’t worry you too much. Just make sure you’re home before the rains start. It IS quite important that you learn all about the rain before you buy a property from us. Here are a few tips.
In Costa Rica, we have a dry season from December till May where you won’t see much rainfall.
Then, during the rainy season, May – September, it’s pretty much okay. October through November is generally bad. That’s when we try to go on vacation… to other and dryer places.
Have a good look at a rainfall map before buying Costa Rica real estate.
You could also get a quick look at the sunnier areas on this sunshine map.
Before buying Costa Rica property, make sure you buy one that drains well. Also, look at your surroundings, the mountain behind the house, the river across the street and many other things. Hire a home inspector. Rainfall, the Costa Rica climate and other weather conditions are more important than the title to a property. If the property washes away, a title doesn’t do you any good. Feel free to go here to read more about this issue. Of course, mold can also be an issue during the rainy season.
Now that You’ve learned all you need to know about the Costa Rica climate, are you ready to purchase a property in the Central Valley? Then contact us now.