April in Costa Rica is sunny and usually very dry, though, rains may start at the end of the month. But, all over the country is sunny and dry. Regarding nature, adventure, wildlife, and beaches, it is the perfect time to come
April in Costa Rica grants a vacation in the sun!
April marks the end of the sunny season. (May is a transition month) If it rains, it will be very short evening downpours. You will be surprised to find the area of Guanacaste quite desertic, all in browns and yellows, in the forest as well as the beach. Except for the areas affected by the Caribbean (Like some sections of the Rincon de la Vieja or Monteverde), the North and Central Pacific are dry and look barren. (One month later and it is as luscious as can be)
April (Together with March) is one of the hottest months in the country. In the North Pacific, it can go up to 96°F (37°) with no rain (Or very little) to break the spell.
In the rest of the country it will also be sweltering, however, the South Pacific and the Caribbean, as well as the mountains in the center and South, remain as luscious and beautiful as always.
In the Central Pacific (Nicoya Gulf, Puntarenas, Tarcoles, Carara, Jacó and up until Manuel Antonio, you may see a diversity in the trees as some of them have lost their leaves, due to the high temperatures and water lacks. These species are regularly from the tropical dry forest, and this region is a transition zone between the two distinctive life systems the humid rainforests and the dry tropical forests.
Costa Rica has no seasons; temperature changes little from period to period. (The right way to call them is “periods” even though most people call them seasons). There are times of the year when it rains more than others. This periodicity changes according to height, winds and other facts.
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Have in mind that the tropics weather is unpredictable and there are some chilly or rainy march days. However, these are exceptions.
The landscapes of April in Costa Rica change considerably by regions.
The coastal zones are generally hot, and the highlands are ordinarily cooler. Moving to the south on the Pacific coast, moisture levels grow. The Caribbean Coast and the Northern Area is generally very hot, climbing to 95’s F°/37°C or higher.
As you can see in the chart above, it relies on where you are to have an idea of what the weather is like.
Now, let’s see some other aspects of April in Costa Rica:
Coffee Season is over and if there is coffee at a processing plant or in the coffee tours is because they kept it for you to see.
The plantations are going through the trimming period of the year and plants look a bit tired and in recovery after the season.
Sugarcane harvest time is at its end, still, you will see huge carts with incredible heavy loads of cane in the countryside road. Watch out on the winding roads, if you are driving. They can easily cause accidents as they go very slow and people pass them anywhere with a bit of desperation and impulsiveness.
Costa Rican avocados (Bigger, yellower and with a buttery texture), soursop (Guanabana), tangerines, mangoes, starfruit, strawberries, passion fruits, cas (Endemic to Costa Rica, however delicious!), cantaloupe, blackberries, papaya, and watermelons are in harvest and at their best.
Wildlife sightings in April in Costa Rica:
It is always hard to put wildlife sightings on a calendar basis as one of the charms of it is that they are spontaneous.
However, there are several sightings you can expect to see throughout the year and some that are easier to see in sometimes over others. Among these, you can find monkeys, coatimundis, sloths and more than 600 species of birds, six species of toucans as well as over 50 species of hummingbirds.
In this time of year, the 252 seasonal bird species are relishing in the Costa Rica sunny weather and profusion of food. A lot of resident and attractive migratory species can be seen at this time of the year, some examples below:
Parrots: Scarlet Macaw is the biggest parrot in the world. Observable throughout the South and Central Pacific coast. Green Macaws are visible in the Northern rainforests: Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Boca Tapada and regions close by.
Hummingbirds: Over 50 species of hummingbirds are found in Costa Rica, they have a very distinctive appearance and way to fly as well. You can see them all year round.
Toucans: Six species of toucans are found in Costa Rica. Keel-billed toucans are commonly seen on the Caribbean side and both Keel and Black Mandibuled together. The Emerald Toucanet is seen up in a high elevated land like Monteverde. The yellow Eared Toucanet is very hard to spot. You can see them all year round
Resplendent Quetzal: You can spot this majestic bird in Monteverde and Savegre during April in the highlands forests. Resplendent Quetzals are watching after their nests, and it is an incredible experience to see them both -male and female- coming in and out of the nest. (From a logical distance and with the right optical gear, obviously).
If you really want to see a Resplendent Quetzal we highly recommend you to get in here
All the other bird species are seen throughout the year at any time in the proper regions.
California Humpback Whales – From December to April
Best Places to see whales:
Dominical (Parque Marino Ballena)
Golfo de Nicoya
Species like the bottlenose and spotted dolphins can be enjoyed throughout the whole year.
Best places to go dolphin watching:
Dominical (Parque Marino Ballena)
Golfo de Nicoya
Caribbean: South Caribbean and Limon
They can be seen in the Tortuguero Canals but is rare.
The species you can see all year round: Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Leatherback, and Pacific Green Sea Turtle.
Best places to see Sea Turtles:
Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas (Playa Grande (Close to Tamarindo)
Santa Rosa National Park
Ostional Wildlife Refuge (Arribadas)
On these dates, the following may be crowded: Carara National Park, Tarcoles Crocodile Safari, Aerial Tram of the Pacific, the Coffee Tour and Waterfall Gardens, and in Monteverde, Selvatura Park, Sky Adventures and the Monteverde Reserve.
April in the touristic places
Cruises are arriving to the Central Pacific in these dates of April: 1,5,7,7,10,11,13,14,16,17,19,2,24,26 (2019)
On these dates, you may find big groups at Carara National Park, Tarcoles River Crocodile safari (And bridge), Central Pacific Ziplining tours, Aerial Tram of the Forest, restaurants, and beaches nearby.
Tourism in April in Costa Rica
Easter week is from April 14th to April 20th. This is quite important as all of Latin America (Including the Costa Ricans) is on vacation. Therefore this particular week is considered to be the other “peak” of the season.
Reservations for this week have to be made quite ahead, and hotels are more expensive.
The other fact to consider is that Spring Breaks are in this time of year as well, so families with children and student groups are flooding the country.
Regions like Arenal, Tamarindo, and Manuel Antonio will have a lot of tourists around.
In Manuel Antonio, you may have to make a line in the mornings at the entrance of the National Park, same with Tortuguero where there will be is some waiting time on the boats before entering the National Park canals.
Holidays of April in Costa Rica:
April 11th – Juan Santamaría Day (National Hero)
April 14th to 21st: Easter (Usually business close on Good Thursday and Good Friday, however, everything closes, except for some few big supermarkets, hotels and restaurants in the touristic regions.
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Let’s begin by stating: anytime is a great time to surf in Costa Rica. The water is about 80°-82° F (26°-27° C) all year long, so it’s all good
And even though, there is not much in this time of year, in the remote Pavones, one of the most extended left-hand point breaks in the world, the waves may start early (usually go from May to October) and you can get a 3 minutes ride that can get your legs tired enough as to break the wave yourself.
Ask our travel company about the best times for you to come to Costa Rica. It will always depend on what you want!
Have in mind that April in Costa Rica is a beautiful time to come!