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Costa Rica in December

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica Weather in December:


During the United States’ winter, Costa Rica experiences some of its best weather of the year—just in time for the Christmas holidays. The rainy season is officially over in most of the country, and the climate is cooler and less muggy.

December Averages:


  • San Jose:
    Highs of 73ºF
    Lows of 59ºF
    Average Rainfall: 1.6 inches
    Humidity: 83%
  • Manuel Antonio (Pacific):
    Highs of 86ºF
    Lows of 69ºF
    Average Rainfall: 6.65 inches
    Humidity: 86%
  • Limón (Caribbean):
    Highs of 88ºF
    Lows of 69ºF
    Average Rainfall: 17.5 inches
    Humidity: 88%

Costa Rica Events in December:


  • Christmas Holidays: During Christmas Day and the week after December 25, the all of Costa Rica erupts in celebration: fireworks, fruits and festivals. Many Tico children believe in Santa Claus, anticipating the magical arrival of his gifts under their Christmas tree.
  • Tips on Traveling to Costa Rica in December:


    Costa Rica takes its holidays seriously! While the Christmas holiday season is an extraordinary time to visit Costa Rica, it’s also an extremely busy time to visit. Prices are higher, and accommodations must be booked far in advance. Many businesses are also closed all week long.

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    Source: National Weather Services of Costa Rica

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