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7 days in July

San Antonio, Texas
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7 days in July

Good afternoon,

Was hoping to visit Costa Rica in July with my gf for about a week and got concerned because it's labeled as rainy season. Should this concern me?

Looking to visit La Fortuna/Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio.

In La Fortuna, would be visiting Arenal Volcano National Park and doing the Sky Adventures Sky Trek zip line. We'd also like to see the La Fortuna Waterfall.

In Monteverde we'd like to hike the Cloud Forest Reserve and the Kikajou night hike.

In Manuel Antonio we'd like to hike Manuel Antonio National Park to visit the beach within the park. Additionally, a half day trip out to Nauyaca waterfalls would be lovely. Other than that we'd just bounce around town eating and drinking.

Anything I should cut out to save time?

Thank you!

4 replies to this topic
Tampa, Florida
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1. Re: 7 days in July

You can do those three locations in eight days if you fly in early and leave late in the day. Otherwise, if you have to spend your first and last nights near the airport, it may be too many. I don't recommend going to an area unless you have at least two full days there.

July is the green season but the rains usually aren't that bad then. You should be able to do what you want if you're willing to work around the showers.

First, consider flights to see if you can squeeze in three locations. Then investigate hotels and transport. Will you rent a vehicle, take shared shuttles or hire private drivers?

The very last thing to deal with are the activities. Most can be arranged once you're there. One exception is a volunteer tour at Proyecto ASIS animal rescue near Arenal - they book up in advance.

Playa Guiones...
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for Nosara
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2. Re: 7 days in July

I would not let the weather stop me from visiting in July. You should have a nice mix of sun and showers. I would however consider just 2 areas, for reasons given by mimdaisy.

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for Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos
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3. Re: 7 days in July

I wouldn't have a problem going in July. You might get some rain, but things go on as planned in CR even in the rain. We've only had ziplining cancelled due to lightning. There's something they have in July called the little summer that sometimes makes less rain. We went to the Osa in July and didn't get a drop so you never know. I agree with Ally and would lean towards doing only two locations in a short time frame like that. It takes a while to get from place to place.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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4. Re: 7 days in July

During the month of July we have a weather factor that we calll it Little Summer of San Juan...is a break on the rainy season...and weather becomes as a great summer... remember that we are under global warming and anything can happens....


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