Due to the reduced rainfall, wildlife no longer has to hide from the rain, so sightings can be easier. Colourful birds, such as toucans, and butterflies, can be seen throughout the jungles and cloud forests, as well as cheeky monkeys and sloths.
On the Pacific Coast, where you will find Corcovado National Park and the Osa Peninsula, leatherback turtles nest from September to March, so can often be seen in February. You’ll also find here award winning jungle lodges, and a huge array of wildlife, from tapirs, sloths, and ocelots, to four species of primate; spider monkey, squirrel monkey, howler monkey and white-faced monkey. This jungle exploration can also be combined with some amazing snorkelling and diving on Isla del Cano, where you can see technicoloured fish, sharks and manta rays.
For zip-lining in February, head to the cloud forests of Monteverde or Saint Elena, where temperatures are relatively dry (average rainfall of 183mm for the month), and lovely and warm, sitting at 29 degrees Celsius. Embark on horse riding and trekking here, too, as well as wildlife watching, including a huge array of birds.
In San Jose and the Central Valley, there is very little rainfall in February, averaging at around 11mm. This, alongside the temperate weather, which hovers at about 25 degrees Celsius, makes it a great time for seeing some of Costa Rica’s culture and city attractions.
Manuel Antonio is in its driest month in March, with the average rainfall at 31mm for the month. With its perfect combination of wild jungle and rugged beach, this is a great time to explore here and watch out for the amazing wildlife that calls it home.
This is a great time to combine your wildlife safari with beach time, head to Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula where you can find some stunning beaches with bright white sands.