June in Cost Rica

Map of costa Rica weather and rainfall patterns for June
Costa Rica June rainfall patterns. It’s the start of the rainy season across the country.

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The rains have started on the Pacific by June but if you want to get a head start on summer it’s a great time to visit.  No crowds and the pacific surge is picking up so the surfing is great.

June Weather

June is one of the wetter months all over Costa Rica and particularly for the Pacific coast.  However, the majority of the rain falls as afternoon or evening showers.

The rainy season usually hits the Caribbean (Atlantic slope) a little earlier harder than the Pacific, but the normal pattern is also afternoon and overnight showers. Continuous days of rain are uncommon in June (more likely in November through January during the temporales del Atlantico).

The beaches and lowlands have high temperatures in the high-seventies to low-nineties and  low temperatures in the seventies to low eighties.  Mid elevations (e.g. around San José) are 5-10 degrees cooler and temperatures at high elevations (Monteverde and Chirripo) can be 20 or even 30 degrees lower.

Reservations

In general “green season” (rainy season) travel is gaining popularity for Costa Rica travelers, but June is not nearly as popular as July.

If you want the flexibility of traveling without reservations and an itinerary set months ahead of time June is a good choice.

Costs & Availability for Travel in June

The rainy season and warmer weather in the U.S. and Canada mean fewer travelers in the tropics. When demand drops off so do prices and discounts of 20-30% are available for most accommodations. Some rental car companies run low season specials with similar discounts, but most transportation, activities and tours have fairly standard pricing year round.

Airfare last minute sales (2-12 weeks in advance) have been fairly common in June for the past few years especially if your travel dates are flexible and you can fly on weekdays.

Alternatives to June

Both July and August have similar weather patterns to June, but of the two August has fewer visitors and better discounts. If you’re willing to pay a little more February is drier and the least crowded of the high season months.

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Notes:

The developing El Niño Weather pattern announced in April and subsequently described as strengthening by NOAA will have increased drying effects on Costa Rica’s weather through 2015 and into mid 2016. Something to keep in mind when looking at the rainfall maps.

Ash from intermittent eruptions of Turrialba volcano are expected to occasionally disrupt operations at San Jose (SJO) airport possibly until the end of 2015 – see Choosing an Airport for more info.

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

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.

June 2015
approximate exchange rate ¢532 per $U.S.
Rise & Set
Tide Times
Pacific
Caribbean
Costa Rica Moon Phase sunrise and sunset
Costa Rica High and Low Tides
rainy season    wave size
rainy season    wave size
Mon 1
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑17:16 ↓4:25 ↑5:17 ↓17:57 7:40
20:14
1:48
13:59
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Tue 2
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑18:10 ↓5:15 ↑5:17 ↓17:57 8:23
20:54
2:30
14:41
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 3
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑19:05 ↓6:08 ↑5:17 ↓17:57 9:04
21:34
3:11
15:22
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 4
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑20:00 ↓7:04 ↑5:17 ↓17:58 9:47
22:16
3:53
16:04
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 5
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑20:54 ↓8:00 ↑5:17 ↓17:58 10:31
22:58
4:35
16:47
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 6
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑21:46 ↓8:57 ↑5:17 ↓17:58 11:17
23:43
5:19
17:33
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sun 7
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑22:37 ↓9:54 ↑5:17 ↓17:59 12:06 6:05
18:21
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 8
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑23:26 ↓10:50 ↑5:17 ↓17:59 0:30
12:59
6:55
19:14
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Tue 9
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑23:26 ↓11:45 ↑5:17 ↓17:59 1:22
13:56
7:49
20:12
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 10
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑0:14 ↓12:40 ↑5:17 ↓17:59 2:17
14:58
8:47
21:14
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 11
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑1:03 ↓13:35 ↑5:18 ↓18:00 3:17
16:03
9:48
22:20
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fiestas Pattronales Trinidad de Moravia, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Leon Cortes, and San Jeronimo – Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)
Fri 12
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑1:52 ↓14:31 ↑5:18 ↓18:00 4:20
17:08
10:50
23:25
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 13
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑2:42 ↓15:28 ↑5:18 ↓18:00 5:24
18:10
11:51
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sun 14
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑3:34 ↓16:24 ↑5:18 ↓18:00 6:25
19:07
0:26
12:48
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 15
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑4:27 ↓17:21 ↑5:18 ↓18:01 7:21
19:59
1:23
13:42
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Tue 16
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑5:21 ↓18:15 ↑5:18 ↓18:01 8:15
20:49
2:16
14:32
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 17
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑6:15 ↓19:08 ↑5:19 ↓18:01 9:04
21:35
3:05
15:20
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 18
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑7:08 ↓19:57 ↑5:19 ↓18:01 9:51
22:19
3:53
16:06
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 19
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑7:59 ↓20:44 ↑5:19 ↓18:02 10:37
23:01
4:38
16:50
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Día de los Padres – Father’s day
Sat 20
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑8:49 ↓21:27 ↑5:19 ↓18:02 11:21
23:43
5:22
17:34
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sun 21
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑9:36 ↓22:09 ↑5:19 ↓18:02 12:06 6:06
18:18
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 22
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑10:22 ↓22:49 ↑5:20 ↓18:02 0:25
12:51
6:50
19:03
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fiesta San Juan de Tibas – Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)
Tue 23
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑11:08 ↓23:29 ↑5:20 ↓18:02 1:07
13:38
7:35
19:51
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Wed 24
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑11:53 ↓23:29 ↑5:20 ↓18:03 1:52
14:28
8:22
20:42
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Thu 25
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑12:38 ↓0:08 ↑5:20 ↓18:03 2:39
15:21
9:12
21:37
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Fri 26
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑13:25 ↓0:49 ↑5:21 ↓18:03 3:30
16:17
10:04
22:34
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Sat 27
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑14:14 ↓1:32 ↑5:21 ↓18:03 4:24
17:13
10:57
23:31
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Día de San Pedro y San Pablo – Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s day marked by processions and masses.
Sun 28
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑15:05 ↓2:17 ↑5:21 ↓18:03 5:20
18:06
11:48
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Mon 29
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑15:58 ↓3:05 ↑5:21 ↓18:03 6:13
18:55
0:24
12:38
olive ridley turtle  green turtle  leather back turtlehumpback whale  quetzal nesting
green turtle  leather back turtle  humpback whale
Tue 30
Costa Rica Moon Phase ↑16:53 ↓3:57 ↑5:22 ↓18:04 7:04
19:42
1:14
13:26
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
rainy 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.