Manuel Antonio has an incredibly diverse range of wildlife and flora and the end of the dry season making it a great time to explore with hikes. This is the second most visited conservation area in Costa Rica, and not only can you spend time exploring the jungles and watching for animals such as toucans and monkeys, you can also take some time out to explore coral reefs, or just relax on the beach. Note that the beaches are quite built up, so not to everyone’s taste, however there are plenty of other beaches on Costa Rica’s stunning coasts to explore at this time.
Further south towards the Osa Peninsula, head to Corcovado National Park which is in its warmest month, averaging at 34 degrees Celsius. Rainfall averages at 218mm for the month of April, which is notably more that in March at around 140mm, and February at just 53mm. Despite the rain increase, this is still a great time to explore the beautiful 41,000 hectares of park. Not only is the park huge, it is also one of the tallest rainforests in the world; an impressive sight to any visitor. You can search the park for wild monkeys and sloths, as well as a huge range of bird species and can also head to the coral reefs to see the bright and colourful wildlife that resides under the water.
Over on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, towards the stunning Tortuguero National Park, we are still in the high, dry season here too, with rainfall averaging at about 242mm for the month. Temperature here averages at 32 degrees Celsius for the month, so the weather is lovely and hot. Here you can combine jungle exploration with beautiful coral reefs, as well as a dense network of canals and waterways, which are begging to be explored. Wildlife seen here at this time ranges from sloths and butterflies, to spoonbills, iguanas and poison dart frogs. There rest of the Caribbean Coast is worth exploring too, with a melting pot of cultures and influences.
Towards Central Costa Rica in San Jose, the temperature is slightly cooler, at about 26 degrees Celsius. This will usually be the starting point of your safari, and, if you have time, it’s worth taking a few days out to explore, or head up towards the cloud forests and Arenal Volcano.
If you want to spend your last few days on the beach, Guanacaste or the Nicoya Peninsula may be the answer. Costa Rica is not a traditional beach destination, but some of the most beautiful beaches can be found on the northern Pacific coast.