April in Costa Rica

Map of April weather and rainfall patterns in Costa Rica
Costa Rica April rainfall patterns. April is the heart of the dry season and one of the best months to travel in Costa Rica.

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April Weather

April is the Costa Rican dry season. The western and central regions of Costa Rica have nearly no rain and mostly sunny weather.  What little rain falls usually comes as afternoon or evening showers and most people are surprised to find that Nicoya and Guanacaste are more reminiscent of the Arizona desert than a jungle.

Although April is a dry month everywhere in Costa Rica the southern Pacific (starting around Jacó) and Caribbean are generally wetter climates. The forests here are true evergreen rain forest but even in this region you’ll need your sunscreen way more than your umbrella.

Temperatures couldn’t be much more perfect. Hot on the beaches with highs in the eighties and low nineties and ten or so degrees cooler in the mountains and central valley around San José.

Planning Ahead & Reservations

This one of the most popular months for Costa Rica travel. It’s the heart of the high season for international travelers. Activities and accommodations fill up very quickly.  Advanced reservations (as far ahead as six months for some of the more popular hotels) are strongly advised around Easter.

Winging it and just showing up at your next destination without reservations is possible in April although you may want to roll in early in the day to start looking, stay flexible in your expectations, and unless you’re really adventurous avoid the holiday week.

Costs & Availability for Travel in April

April starts out as one of the most popular months for international and domestic travelers and local Easter holidays push demand even higher. Peak season rates for the best hotels and lodges are often 30% higher than normal high season rates and can be more than double the low season rates. Availability is limited and can be further complicated by 3-4 night minimum stays around the holiday so we recommend reservations at least two months in advance – six months or more ahead of time for the best selection.

Discount airfares are hard to come by in April and the sales that do happen usually happen early. Try to plan ahead at least two months and set a “fare watcher” for your dates on your favorite ticket search sites.

Alternatives to April in Costa Rica

When Easter falls in April you can enjoy the same great weather but avoid the crowds by traveling in February or March.

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Notes:

The El Niño Weather pattern will have drying effects on Costa Rica’s Pacific side and will increase rainfall on the Caribbean into mid 2016.  Drought conditions are likely in Guanacaste and Nicoya and water restrictions may be enforced.  Hydroelectric power will be reduced making brownouts and blackouts likely in the central valley.

Calendar of Nature, Holidays & Fiestas – Costa Rica in April

The more you see of a turtle, whale or quetzal symbol the more likely you’ll see one. A detailed explanation and legend is also included at the bottom.

April 2016
approximate exchange rate ¢541 per $U.S.
Rise & Set
Tide Times
Pacific
Caribbean
Costa Rica Moon Phase sunrise and sunset
Costa Rica High and Low Tides
dry season    wave size
rainy season    wave size
Fri 1
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑0:34 ↓12:33 ↑5:36 ↓17:49 ↑2:34
↑14:56
↓9:00
↓21:23
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 2
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑1:25 ↓13:28 ↑5:35 ↓17:49 ↑3:36
↑16:05
↓10:05
↓22:31
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sun 3
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑2:16 ↓14:24 ↑5:35 ↓17:49 ↑4:41
↑17:13
↓11:10
↓23:36
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 4
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑3:07 ↓15:21 ↑5:34 ↓17:49 ↑5:44
↑18:15
↓12:09
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fiesta San Vincente de Moravia – Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)
Tue 5
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑3:58 ↓16:19 ↑5:34 ↓17:49 ↑6:40
↑19:11
↓0:35
↓13:03
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 6
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑4:50 ↓17:18 ↑5:33 ↓17:49 ↑7:32
↑20:03
↓1:29
↓13:53
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 7
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑5:42 ↓18:18 ↑5:32 ↓17:49 ↑8:22
↑20:52
↓2:19
↓14:41
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 8
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑6:36 ↓19:19 ↑5:32 ↓17:49 ↑9:10
↑21:40
↓3:07
↓15:29
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 9
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑7:31 ↓20:20 ↑5:31 ↓17:49 ↑9:58
↑22:28
↓3:55
↓16:16
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sun 10
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑8:28 ↓21:21 ↑5:31 ↓17:49 ↑10:46
↑23:17
↓4:44
↓17:05
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 11
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑9:24 ↓22:19 ↑5:30 ↓17:49 ↑11:35
↓5:33
↓17:54
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Día de Juan Santamaría – National holiday honoring a young fighter from Alajuela who defended his country to the death against William Walkers forces at the battle of Rivas in 1856. Parades, marching bands, dances and other celebrations extend through the week concentrated in Al
Tue 12
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑10:21 ↓23:15 ↑5:30 ↓17:49 ↑0:07
↑12:27
↓6:26
↓18:48
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 13
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑11:16 ↓23:15 ↑5:29 ↓17:49 ↑1:01
↑13:24
↓7:22
↓19:45
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 14
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑12:09 ↓0:07 ↑5:29 ↓17:49 ↑1:59
↑14:27
↓8:24
↓20:49
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 15
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑13:00 ↓0:56 ↑5:28 ↓17:49 ↑3:03
↑15:37
↓9:31
↓21:58
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 16
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑13:49 ↓1:41 ↑5:28 ↓17:49 ↑4:12
↑16:51
↓10:39
↓23:06
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sun 17
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑14:36 ↓2:24 ↑5:27 ↓17:49 ↑5:19
↑17:57
↓11:43
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 18
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑15:22 ↓3:06 ↑5:27 ↓17:49 ↑6:18
↑18:51
↓0:08
↓12:37
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Tue 19
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑16:07 ↓3:46 ↑5:26 ↓17:49 ↑7:07
↑19:36
↓1:00
↓13:23
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 20
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑16:53 ↓4:25 ↑5:26 ↓17:50 ↑7:48
↑20:15
↓1:46
↓14:04
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 21
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑17:38 ↓5:05 ↑5:25 ↓17:50 ↑8:25
↑20:51
↓2:26
↓14:41
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 22
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑18:24 ↓5:46 ↑5:25 ↓17:50 ↑9:01
↑21:26
↓3:03
↓15:16
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 23
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑19:12 ↓6:28 ↑5:24 ↓17:50 ↑9:35
↑22:00
↓3:40
↓15:51
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fiesta San Rafael de Sata Ana – Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)
Sun 24
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑20:00 ↓7:12 ↑5:24 ↓17:50 ↑10:10
↑22:35
↓4:16
↓16:26
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 25
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑20:49 ↓7:58 ↑5:24 ↓17:50 ↑10:45
↑23:11
↓4:52
↓17:01
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fiesta Tarrazu – Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)
Tue 26
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑21:39 ↓8:45 ↑5:23 ↓17:50 ↑11:22
↑23:49
↓5:29
↓17:38
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 27
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑22:29 ↓9:35 ↑5:23 ↓17:50 ↑12:01
↓6:08
↓18:18
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 28
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑23:18 ↓10:26 ↑5:22 ↓17:50 ↑0:29
↑12:45
↓6:49
↓19:02
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 29
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑23:18 ↓11:19 ↑5:22 ↓17:50 ↑1:13
↑13:35
↓7:37
↓19:53
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 30
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑0:08 ↓12:13 ↑5:22 ↓17:50 ↑2:04
↑14:33
↓8:31
↓20:53
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Costa Rica Moon Phase sunrise and sunset
Costa Rica High and Low Tides
dry season    wave size
rainy season    wave size
Rise & Set
Tide Times
Pacific
Caribbean

Calendar Legend

Averages for the month

  • Approximate exchange rate
  • General weather pattern for each half of the country
    dry season or rainy season average weather pattern
  • Average surf wave height for each coast
    larger or smaller than average wave height

Shown for each day

  • The phase of the moon, and the moon and sun rise and set times for planning turtle viewing or a night hike (best under the dark skies of a new moon when nocturnal animals are most active).
  • Times for each high and low tide along the outer Pacific coast (gulfs and bays vary). Average height 8 feet (2.5 meters).
    Not intended for navigation.
  • Tides on the east coast occur about 2 hours earlier. However, the average height is only 8 inches (0.2 meters) so levels in the Caribbean Sea do not significantly impact most activities.
  • Natural events are shown as shaded icons for quetzals (nesting), turtles (nesting), and humpback whales (calving) on each coast.
    wildlife calendar species
  • The more solid color shown the more likely the event, the more shaded the less likely.
    more or less likely turtle nesting
  • Baby turtles hatch (usually at night) after approximately 50-70 days incubation so look for nesting activity on the calendar two months prior to your visit if you’d like to see the little ones popping out of the sand..
  • HolidaysBold indicates a government & bank holiday when most businesses are closed and buses may run on limited schedules.
  • Fiesta and local festival dates are approximate – most include events spread over a week or two so check the schedule locally for more information.

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