Raining season = Low season?

Posted on June 27, 2017 · Posted in Manuel Antonio, Travel Tips

Let us explain why travelling to Costa Rica in “low season” has huge benefits

When planning your Costa Rica vacation, you might want to consider visiting during the country’s low tourism period, from mid-May through November. Don’t get confused believing that low season equals the term “raining season” and neither let it spoil your visions of outdoor adventures! This is Costa Rica’s most beautiful time of the year, when the tropical Rainforest explodes in vibrant colors, with exotic flowers and fruit trees, not to mention slightly cooler temperatures. Rest assured “green” season weather will not disrupt your travel plans, as most tours are unaffected by tropical rains.

Here are a few reasons why the green season is Costa Rica’s best season for travel.

Cheaper Airfare

Book at least one month in advance and you can save $100-$300 off high season fares from major cities like Houston, New York, Washington D.C., Orlando, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles.

The Weather

It rarely, if ever, rains all day. A typical morning is sunny with clouds and showers rolling in between 2 and 4 p.m. Thunderstorms may last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. Many outdoor excursions take place rain or shine, with the exception of storms with heavy lightening. Mid-September and October are generally Costa Rica’s rainiest months in the Central Valley and Pacific coast. It is amazingly beautiful!

Incredible Landscapes

It’s called the “green season” for a reason! The afternoon showers keep everything fresh, green and lively. You will truly enjoy wandering through the National Park of Manuel Antonio and experience the tropical Rainforest at its best.

Fewer Crowds

Fewer tourists equal more freedom with your itinerary. No need to book every tour in advance; simply follow your whim and make plans day-by-day with the assistance of your private Concierge. Share the beach of Manuel Antonio with just a handful of people, and explore the National Park without having to go around tourist groups every 5 meter.


Costa Rica is the most developed country in Central America with fantastic touristic infrastructure and high standards of service. Starting April 11th you can expect however, not only lower rates at GAIA Hotel & Reserve, but also discounts up to 30%, fantastic value adds or saver packages. You can expect the same phenomena at other lodges of your Costa Rica travel itinerary. If you would need any advice of great resorts to combine with GAIA, inquire with our reservations department which will also be fantastic and informing you off current deals and assist with any questions you may have about travelling to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. (reservations@gaiahr.com)


More Personal Tour Groups

Have a more intimate experience on your tours, with groups as small as two people. You’ll get more quality time with your guide and, with less noise and foot-traffic, see more wildlife. In Manuel Antonio, you can expect to do anything from Canopy, to Catamaran Tours, White Water Rafting, Spice Tours or speed with an ATV through the Jungle. Your private concierge will assist to find the best tour for you.

Sublime Sunsets & Spectacular Storms

Sit back and revel in Mother Nature’s awesome powers from the lounge chair at GAIA´s Restaurants Lounge Area and enjoy a tropical rainstorm while sipping an exotic cocktail at happy hour. You’ll experience the true essence of Costa Rican rainforests. After a good afternoon storm, the sun begins to descend and seemingly sets the sky on fire with brilliant orange, red and purple hues. Sunsets start early here, so be prepared by 5:30 p.m. However, no worries as you can already take advantage of our Happy Hour starting at 4pm.

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Now we would like to share with you some “packing recommendations”… every basic thing you will need to carry with you on your trip to Costa Rica.

The packing list:


  • 3-5 T-shirts, one or two long sleeved for jungle hikes and to protect you from the sun
  • 1-2 dress shirts or blouses for a great dinner
  • 3-4 pair of shorts.
  • Swimsuit
  • 1-2 pair of long pants
  • Mesh bag for wet clothes


  • Amphibian hikers or river/reef sandals
  • Hiking/walking shoes
  • Beach sandals/flip-flops
  • Dressy sandals or light-weight dress shoes


  • Map
  • Nature guide
  • Spanish/English Phrase book


  • Money belt or passport pendant
  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Money, debit/credit card
  • Insurance card and contact information


  • A basic first aid kit & any other medication you may take.
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Camera