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Costa Rica April Rainfall Patterns
Costa Rica April rainfall patterns.  April is the heart of the dry season and one of the best months to travel in Costa Rica. (©Toucan Guides)

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 Jaco) 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.

Costa Rica April Calendar

This calendar shows natural events, turtle nesting, festivals and more for the upcoming April to help you to plan ahead. The symbols and how to use them to choose the best time to travel are explained at the bottom.

 April 2015

Exchange Rate 505 ¢ per $U.S.
Sunrise ↑ 5:36, Sunset ↓ 17:49









Maundy Thu.


Good Fri.


Fiesta San Vincente de Moravia









Día de Juan Santamaría


Fiesta San Rafael de Sata Ana














Fiesta Tarrazu






April Holidays & Festival Notes
indicates an official government and bank holiday when most businesses are closed

Fiesta San Vincente de Moravia-Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)

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

Fiesta San Rafael de Sata Ana-Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)

Fiesta Tarrazu-Street fair with music, dancing, traditional food and toro a la Tica (bullfights without the bloodshed)

Costa Rica Calendar Symbol Legend
Price SymbolsSeasonal pricing is indicated by dollars signs. A single $ indicates low season pricing. Two $$ are shown for dates when some properties still have low season prices but others have switched to high season. Three $$$ indicates high season and four $$$$ are shown for dates when the more popular hotels add a holiday surcharge on top of the high season prices. In general the higher the cost at the time you are traveling the more adviseable it is to make reservations and the farther in advance you need to make them. 

Tide SymbolsHigh and low tides are shown for the Pacific coast (Caribbean tides about 15 minutes earlier) and are appropriate for timing surf outings where the break is better on a particular tide or planning a beach walk, but not intended for navigation. Please check locally for precise times for tides when trekking beach routes that require low tide to complete (e.g. in Corcovado). 

Full moonMoon phases and rise and set times are helpful when choosing a date for a moonlight canopy tour (best under a full moon), turtle viewing (see below), or a night hike (best under the dark skies of a new moon when nocturnal animals are most active). Sunrise (5:36) and sunset (17:49) times are for the first of the month and vary by less than ten minutes over the course of the month.

turtle symbols The turtle symbols indicate the best nights to observe mass nesting of Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles at Playas Nancite and Ostional when up to 40,000 turtles come ashore in events locally refered to as arribadas (arrivals).  A large symbol means more turtles are nesting at that time of year (a big symbol means the peak of nesting season) and the solid symbols indicates the nights when the moon is in its last quarter and the chances are almost five times greater for an arribada than the other moon phases. A big solid turtle symbol represents the best bet for a good viewing night.

Do you have a community event you would like to add, a festival we overlooked or a change in a date? Please contact us and let us know about it.


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