If you come to Costa Rica hoping for beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, don’t come during the rainy season. They can be few and far between.
Most afternoons and evenings are cloudy if not rainy, and the beautiful sunsets Costa Rica is known for just don’t materialize very often. Sometimes you can wait for more than a week without a sunny afternoon.
In the month that I was there, I saw only four sunsets that created a colorful sky.
The rest were mostly gray and dark.
That’s just how it is during the rainy season.
The best time of year for sunsets in Costa Rica is from mid-December through April. This is considered the “dry season” and the classic tropical sunset is much more common.
Despite the lack of sunsets, traveling in Costa Rica during the rainy season has its advantages. The plant life was green and lush while the intense tropical rainstorms were incredible in their own way.
It’s also less crowded with other travelers. I was told in Playa Guiones that a quiet street outside my lodging was full of traffic during the dry season.
Nothing’s perfect, there’s always a trade-off!