Costa Rica Weather in June

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June is during the rainy season in Costa Rica, which typically lasts from May to November. The weather in Costa Rica during June can vary depending on the location, but generally, you can expect warm temperatures and frequent rainfall. Now is the time to go whitewater rafting in swollen rivers or head to drier areas such as Guanacaste.

What is the weather like in Costa Rica in June?

June marks the beginning of the rainy season in many parts of Costa Rica. The weather during this month can vary depending on the specific region you are in.

June is characterized by increased rainfall and higher humidity compared to the dry season. You can expect a mix of sunny and rainy days, but the likelihood of rain showers and thunderstorms is higher, especially in the afternoons and evenings.

In terms of temperatures, June typically sees slightly cooler temperatures compared to the preceding months. Average temperatures can range from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (mid-20s to high 20s Celsius) in most regions. However, temperatures can vary depending on the specific elevation and location within the country.

The Caribbean coast, including areas like Puerto Limón and Tortuguero, tends to receive higher rainfall throughout the year compared to the Pacific coast. While June can be a rainier month, it doesn't mean that it's not possible to enjoy Costa Rica during this time. The rain showers are often intermittent and can be followed by periods of sunshine.

Tortuguero canals, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

Is Costa Rica warm in June?

On the Pacific Coast, the average high temperature in June is around 88°F (31°C), while the average low is around 72°F (22°C). The Caribbean Coast is usually a bit cooler, with average high temperatures of around 84°F (29°C) and lows around 73°F (23°C).

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Is June a good time to visit Costa Rica?

Since June falls during the rainy season in Costa Rica, there tend to be fewer tourists visiting the country. This can mean lower prices, more availability of accommodations and activities, and a more peaceful atmosphere.

The rain in June helps to keep the landscapes of Costa Rica green and vibrant. If you enjoy hiking, nature walks, or just soaking up the beautiful scenery, June can be a great time to visit. Many animals in Costa Rica are more active during the rainy season, which can increase your chances of spotting wildlife in their natural habitats.

Consider visiting the northwest in June. The cattle-ranching province of Guanacaste is drier than most other areas at this time of year and the hot, baked landscape that surrounds the attractive regional capital of Liberia shows visitors a different side of the country.

June is a great time to go whitewater rafting too. The rain makes it one of Costa Rica’s most exciting outdoor activities, whether you’re floating down the Peñas Blancas or riding Class-V rapids on the Pacuare.

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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica © Simon Dannhauer/Shutterstock

Average rainfall in June

June is one of the wettest months in Costa Rica, with the country receiving an average of 11 inches (280 mm) of rain. The Pacific Coast tends to be drier than the Caribbean Coast during this time, with the Pacific receiving an average of 6 inches (150 mm) of rain, while the Caribbean Coast can receive up to 18 inches (460 mm) of rain.

Festivals and events in Costa Rica in June

There are several festivals and events that take place in Costa Rica during the month of June. Here are some of them:

  • Fiesta San Pedro de Montes de Oca (13 June): Lasting around a week, this fiesta honours San Pedro Apostol, the patron saint of fishermen. Expect music and dance performances, as well as rodeos and non-bloodshed bullfights.
  • Día de San Pedro y San Pablo (29 June): Huge processions and catholic masses mark St Peter’s and St Paul’s Day.
  • Fiesta San Juan de Tibas (end of June): An annual celebration held in the small town of Tibas, located just outside of San Jose, this festival is a colourful and lively event that showcases the culture and traditions of Costa Rica.

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