Protecting a 22 mile long stretch of beach, Tortuguero National Park is home to the green sea turtles from July to September when they hatch and make their way to the sea for the first time. In fact, the word Tortuguero is translated to ‘land of the turtles’, and the park was designated in 1970 to protect the turtles, as at the time they were being hunted for turtle soup. At this time, it is good for seeing the green sea turtles, and it is also home to leatherbacks, hawksbill and loggerheads. Rain here averages at 537mm for the month, and usually builds throughout the morning, causing a huge downpour in the afternoon for a few hours. It can usually be easily avoided in your itinerary, but as it is the weather, we can’t precisely give you its movements and guarantee the sunshine. Temperatures are still warm, regardless of the rain, averaging at 30 degrees Celsius for the month.
When it comes to wildlife in July, most of the animals can be seen in the parks, however they can often hide from the rain, just as we do. Monkeys, sloths and toucans can be seen year round in the cloud forests and national parks, including Tortuguero, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde and Corcovado.
Most activities are able to be participated in, including zip-lines, jungle walks and horseback riding. However, you may have to be laid back and embark on these as and when the weather permits. For those of you with younger family members, or adrenaline seeking partners, it can be a fabulous time to try rafting on the Pacuare River.
If you are looking to combine beaches with your wildlife safari, we suggest heading to the north Pacific Coast. This area, home to some stunning national parks and beaches, receives the least amount of rainfall in Costa Rica, so beach relaxation can still be on the cards, even in the rainy and green season.