As in most tropical countries, Costa Rica has dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to November and the dry season runs between December to April, typically for the Pacific Coast. Since you'll be on the Caribbean side, be prepared for sudden downpours. Temperature-wise, expect the weather to range from 75°-90+°. As this is a tropical country, it can get very hot, especially in the afternoons!
Please note: in Costa Rica, it is perfectly ok to eat fresh fruit and vegetables as well as drink water.
Suggested Packing List:
Must - Haves:
Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Costa Rica
One refillable water bottle
Masks (1 for each day of the trip)
Bug spray or bug bracelet
Short-sleeved shirts (we recommend thin, breathable shirts as it is very hot and humid during the afternoons)
Rain coat (lightweight, water-resistant for sudden, unexpected tropical showers)
Gym / sportswear (for hiking)
Under garments, socks
Bathing suits & zip-lock bag for a suit after rafting
closed-toe sandals (for rafting)
A light pair of long pants (if you're sensitive to bugs)
Hat & handkerchief / bandana
One pair of flip flops/sandals /water shoes
One pair of tennis shoes / closed-toe sandals (these are for hiking and WILL get dirty).
Please note, heavy hiking boots are not necessary on this trip. Tennis shoes will do just fine if you want to save luggage space!
Dark clothing for the turtle patrols (dark pants and top) - helps disguise you while looking for the turtles
Bath / Personal:
Prescription sea sickness pills or patch, if applicable
Dramamine (if driving on windy/rough roads makes you nauseous)
Glasses / contacts / contact solution
Books, deck of cards
Binoculars for canoe mangrove tour - excellent bird watching
Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
Sunglasses, particularly if you’re sensitive to sunlight
Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars). There are not many stores around the community we stay in so please bring any necessary snacks with you!
Camera or smartphone, bring a ziplock bag to keep your phone dry
"Moutttop", or a bug bracelet. This will help keep bugs away from you in addition to bug spray.
*Laundry service is not available during the trip. We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry during the trip.
*Electrical outlets in Costa Rica are the same as in the United States. Voltage is 110 volts. There is no adapter needed if coming from the U.S.