Perhaps our favorite time of the year here in Guanacaste is the “green season”. During the months of May through October, we enjoy a fair amount of rain – usually for an hour or so every other afternoon – with the wettest month of all being the month of October. During these 6 months, everything is green and the surrounding hillsides come to life covered in blankets of giant broccoli.
In November, Mother Nature flips a switch, the sun comes out and continues to shine brightly each day during the “dry season” until the following May – nothing but blue sky and sunshine GUARANTEED! By mid-December, the tropical dry forest loses its leaves to conserve energy and the landscape turns from bright green to golden brown, peppered with the bright colors of the leafless forest in bloom. This is the flowering period for the tropical dry forest, and a great time to spot birds and other wildlife.
So why does “green season” edge out “dry season”? Well, that blanket of green really makes things beautiful! There are also less travelers here as our ‘winter’ coincides with the summer in North America, when many travelers are enjoying the warm weather in “El Norte” and staying close to home. Hotel and rental rates drop during the “green season” too, making it more affordable for a lot of folks, especially families. Then there are the spectacular cloud formations that produce unbelievable sunsets and rainbows! No rain, no rainbows.
At Hotel la Finisterra, we typically offer promotions for Costa Rica nationals and residents to offset the drop in traffic during this time of year (visit our Facebook page to find out the latest). But we’ve noticed an increase in July-August reservations over the past 3 years as people begin to find out via word of mouth and through social networking how uniquely beautiful, less crowded and less expensive it is to travel to Guanacaste during the “green season”.