• Iguana, Costa Rica

March weather & where to go

March is part of the dry season, and the weather can be excellent at this time of year wildlife sightings, and for embarking on a huge range of activities. The only activity that you shouldn’t expect to take part in is rafting, as this is best in the rainy season.

March is a great time to travel to Costa Rica; with great weather, and lots of activities available.


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On the Pacific Coast, it may still be possible to see the humpback whales which migrate to the warmer waters here between November and December, and stay until March. Whilst on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, we recommend heading to Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula, a biodiverse haven home to beautiful scenery and a huge range of wildlife. Watch for four primate species, sloths, crocodiles, ocelots, toucans and more in the jungles, then head to the wild and rugged beaches for more adventure. We love Lapa Rios whose amazing location perfectly marries the beach and jungle, all within a 1,000 acre private nature reserve.

Heading towards the centre of the country and towards San Jose and the Central Valley, weather is still lovely, warm and dry; averaging at 26 degrees Celsius, and 13mm of rainfall. San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and has a good mix of museums and cultural attractions. Although, due to earthquake activity, a lot of the city is now a mixture of restored and rundown buildings, paired with a modern skyline. San Jose is located in the Central Valley, which is simply stunning, characterised by coffee plantations and cloud forests. March is a wonderful time to visit here due to the drier weather, and we recommend the area to anyone heading all the way to Costa Rica.

Over on the Caribbean Coast in March, the stunning Tortuguero National Park is also dry and warm; with the average monthly temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. In terms of rainfall, the park receives around 185mm in March, making it the driest month. It is not the best time to see the turtles that the park is renowned for, however you can still see lots of wildlife, including 60 mammal species, and about 300 different bird species. Note that downpours are not unlikely here, even in the dry season.

It is also the driest month in Manuel Antonio National Park on the Central Pacific Coast. We definitely recommend a stop here, where you can find bright-beaked macaws, and much more. In March, the average rainfall here is about 53mm, so quite low, and the average temperature is around 34 degrees Celsius.

Costa Rica is not a renowned beach destination, however if you fancy some relaxation on white sands, then head to Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula where you can find some of the nicest beaches on the Pacific Coast.


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