March in Costa Rica is sunny, hot and dry, all over the country. The ideal weather for your trip and things to consider at the peak of the high season
March in Costa Rica is simply the best time to come regarding the beauty of landscapes and the wildlife sightings. A fantastic time to go to the beach, or to do any of the incredible sorts of adventures Costa Rica has to offer
Spring break will directly affect the volume of tourists as more families and student groups travel at this time of the year and this is noticeable in the main touristic places. The weather is ideal during March in Costa Rica as it stays the sunny, hot and beautiful everywhere in the country.
Keep in mind that temperatures are at their peak at this time of year.
This guide breaks down the seasons and regions, as well as the highlights you can enjoy during March in Costa Rica; there might be several differences from one area to another. As small as Costa Rica may seem it has a complexity in its calendar which will probably affect your itinerary if you are currently planning your trip.
If you seek warm weather and a place that offers beaches, adventure, and the attractions of a tropical destination, March in Costa Rica offers many options and is important to create awareness about certain things since the high season is at its peak.
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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The Pacific Coast, Central Valley, Southern areas and the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, the Caribbean Coast, Arenal, Sarapiqui, Turrialba, Talamanca Mountain Ranges and the rest of Costa Rica is in the sunny season
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 March 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°/35°C or higher.
As you can see in the chart above, it really relies on where you are to have an idea of what the weather is like.
Now, let’s see some other aspects of March in Costa Rica:
The coffee season is over, the harvest season ends and the grain is no longer being gathered however there are lots of beans in the processing plants and you can enjoy the coffee tours very much.
Sugarcane harvest time, you will see some noticeable loads on huge carts carried by tractors and on containers on some of the roads in the North Pacific. If you are driving, and on winding roads pay attention as they are heavy and can be slow.
Strawberries, star-fruits, and passion fruits are in season, as well as guavas, cantaloupes, tamarind, and watermelons.
It is possible that for tree lovers this is a perfect time as several species are in bloom.
The most attractive ones in this time of year are the Poro Poro or Flame of the Forest. These trees were used to shade the coffee, and they lose their leaves and blossoms with bright orange/red flowers creating a fantastic landscape in green and orange that is hard to forget.
During the month of March in Costa Rica, you will also see the gorgeous Sabana Oak with its pink blooms it creates a pristine and amazing landscape in cities and roads.
Wildlife Sightings in Costa Rica in March in Costa Rica:
Nature doesn’t work like a visit to the zoo, sightings usually rely on spontaneity, but there are a lot of animals in Costa Rica you can see through the whole year like 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 observable 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 March 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 good optical gear, obviously).
All the other bird species are seen throughout the year at any time in the proper regions.
California Humpback Whales – From December to April
North Atlantic humpback whales – From December to March
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.
Spinner or common dolphin – December to March
The 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.
March in the touristic places
Cruises are arriving to the Central Pacific in these dates of March: 1,5,7,10,11,13,14,16,17,19,20,24,26 (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 March in Costa Rica
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 March in Costa Rica:
March 19th – St. Joseph’s Day: This saint was the patron of the San Jose Province, there might be some activities related to this in the capital city.
(It is said that this is the only day in the year when the view of the Poas volcano crater is granted as it is so clear).
You may also be interested in reading Costa Rica Rainforest: 5 places to see it near La Fortuna
Both the highest and most constant waves appear from January to March, caused by cold winter fronts pushing into the Caribbean.
Salsa Brava at Puerto Viejo in the South Caribbean is at its most significant point, to take advantage of the waves of March in Costa Rica.
Ask our travel company about the best times for you to come to Costa Rica depending on what you are looking for.
Have in mind that March in Costa Rica is a perfect sunny month!