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The Best Time of Year to Travel to Costa Rica

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July 2017

Whether travelling to Costa Rica for vacation, a medical procedure or business, the information in this blog is for you; particularly if you wish to save money. Between September and December 2017 save on travel; airfares are low and hotels offer the deepest discounts. Hurry to take advantage of the weather during this special ‘summer-sun-season’ because Costa Rica enjoys summer all year round.

Travel Benefits September 1 to October 15

Fall in North America signals the best time to travel to Costa Rica. At the Blue River Resort & Hot Springs and along the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, there is an opportunity for travelers to enjoy the brilliant summer sunshine and best prices.

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Best Time to Travel to Costa Rica

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September through to December offers:

    • The best weather in many parts of Costa Rica.
    • Special pricing and discounts are at their best.
    • Fewer tourists


There is no winter season. The Country’s location near the equator and its geography plays an influential role on the weather systems in Costa Rica. The ‘El Niño’ and ‘La Niña’ weather patterns create a strong influence especially in recent years.

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Costa Rica has only two seasons; ‘rainy’ or ‘less rainy’. As a general rule, when the Caribbean side (Atlantic or east) is rainy, the Pacific side (west) is less rainy and vis-a-versa. The local differences are seasonal and influenced by the high volcanic peaks and the general traditional winds. For example, Liberia and the Guanacaste/Nosara beach towns of Flamingo, Playa Grande, Samara, Nosara and Playas del Coco, are a dry, hot Savannah that receives less rain from mid-December to May and again in July and August. Whereas, a short distance away, along the north side of Rincon de la Vieja (where the Blue River Resort & Hot Springs is located), is a rain forest and the weather is like that of the Caribbean. The altitude makes it cooler and it rains less from September to October 15, January to May, July through August.

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Good News for El Niño 2017

2017’s weather prediction is looking great for visitors to Costa Rica’s Caribbean side. Meteorologists forecast the presence El Niño in the region. El Niño is caused when the warming waters off the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica’s coast, weaken and reverse the trade winds that traditionally blow in a westerly direction. This creates a situation where the Pacific coast will be extra wet and the Caribbean side, of Costa Rica, enjoying an extra sunny last quarter of 2017.

Enjoy the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea or inland on the Blue Rivers.

Low Season Airfares

“The airfares are lower during this Low Season”   -True

  • Not only are airfares lower, there are considerable savings to be enjoyed at other attractions.

From August 20 to December 15 is the Low Season for airline travel tickets to Costa Rica.

The savings are substantial irrespective of where you are coming from. International flights arrive daily at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, the Liberia International Airport (LIR). Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, the Liberia International Airport (LIR). 

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A short 90-minute drive leads to the Blue River Resort and Hot Springs, the best place to stay in Costa Rica. The Resort is nestled at the base of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano making for an ideal base to set out off on many Eco-adventures. Enjoy the lush rain forest with blue rivers, natural hot springs, gorgeous waterfalls, views of the smoking volcano crater from a single location. Visit the Blue River Resort; come for the day or the week and there will be lots to keep you busy.

Fewer Crowds

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“The summer rush is over and there are fewer persons visiting during this period”    -True.

The good news for those traveling to Costa Rica during this late summer period, August to October 2017 - is they missed the crowds created during the Easter, summer, and Christmas; the peak travel times.

Since fewer people travel at this time, expect:
       o Lower hotel rates
       o Lower tour pricing
       o Shorter waits times
       o Greater individual attention.
       o A more generous helping of ‘everything’ for your enjoyment.

Now that’s the good life or ‘Pura Vida’ as they say in Costa Rica where the living is healthy.

Suggested seasonal tours can be found at bottom of this blog.

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  • Costa Rica Environment  - Rincon de la Vieja

Located here are two famous blue rivers, Rio Azul and Rio Penjamo, that make possible fantastic adventure tours. The back drop is smoking Rincon de la Vieja. This lush rainforest has hiking, zip lining, tubing, rafting, horseback riding and birdwatching.

  1. Birdwatchers love the opportunities presented to see an amazing number of rare species throughout the year. There are over 320 species of Humming Birds here, most hover around the Bird Sanctuary at the Resort.
  2. Hit the trails- hike it on foot or ride on horse-back ride into the rainforest, following the rivers and relaxing along the way.
  3. Enjoy- a swim in the blue-water pools of the Blue River and the Grand Waterfalls.
    • The naturally heated sauna
    • Genuine hot-springs flowing from beneath the volcano.
    • Warm volcanic mud-baths naturally exfoliating the skin
    • -Full Spa treatments administered by trained attendants.
    • Other relaxing, low-stress, activities like the butterfly, Koi, bullfrog and gardens botanical gardens.
    • Interact with neighboring Ticos at work on their farms or plantations.
    • Visit a local artist and get unbelievable bargains on local art pieces.
    • Tour Dino Park adjacent to the Resort; it’s all new and is less crowded at this time of the year.
      WARNING! Kids find it difficult to leave the Dino Park (both the big and not-so-big kids).

The Honeymoon Specials
The Blue River Resort and Hot Springs has hosted many beautiful weddings and honeymoons. It is so popular the couples often return for their anniversaries.
Remember, travel between September and December you can enjoy savings on airfares, less crowded lines, and an extra serving of everything.

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Plan your itinerary, and reserve your tour at the Blue River Resort. The staff at the Tour Desk can offer advice about ‘Specials’ and your other needs too. It costs nothing for this on-the-spot advice. Get ticketed, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Best Tours During Low Season

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Whale Watching

August to December is prime Whale Watching season in Costa Rica. See gigantic Humpbacks feeding on an abundance of krill in the coastal waters and get very close for visitor entertainment. Enjoy the spectacle on a visit to Marino Ballena National Park; participate in the whale and dolphin watching guided tours.

For more information go to: 
‘The Humpback Whale Watching Season in Costa Rica’.
You will not want to miss this annual Humpback whale migration.

Turtle Nesting

Tour Ostional Wildlife Park’s, ‘Sea Turtle’ arrival and nesting; enjoy a special introductory presentation by their trained Park Rangers. It is followed by a guided sea-turtle watch. See thousands of sea turtles nesting at Ostional Wildlife Park’s beautiful beach. The Blue River Resort arranges tours for guests wishing to enjoy an evening at the Ostional Wildlife National Refuge. Tours depart from, and return to the Blue River Resort and Hot Springs.

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Enjoy an unforgettable moonlit evening on the beach. The atmosphere is romantic, with the surf gently caressing the silvery-sands beneath the stars. Children love this tour, it’s both enjoyable and educational and a must-do on the‘family’s list of things-to-do’.

Sport Fishing

Sport fishing in Costa Rica is renowned for establishing record-breaking fishing adventures, many by novice fishermen. The waters here are teeming with marine-life and this is the best opportunity to catch a big-one! Many I.G.F.A. Records were set established here; most were caught in waters close to shore.

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Contact reservations tour desk at Blue River Resor to make all the arrangements for those wanting to enjoy a day of sport-fishing. Catch, photograph and release that big one. Charter boats are operated by licensed Captains and crews; the cost of the charter will include everything you will need including lunch and cold refreshment.

Don’t worry if your first bill-fish gets away, another strike will come along shortly. Video-recorders will preserve the moments of that great fight between angler and fish; capture those moments when you do battle. No previous experience required!


Recent fishing reports confirm the landing of Caribbean Snook, Line-Siders’, off the Pacific coast. Get ready to be entered in the record books!