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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 01:21 PM
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Costa Rica in late September...am I crazy??

Hi all!

I'm starting to plan for my upcoming honeymoon this September, thinking 10 nights from Sep. 20-30 - I found an AMAZING place in CR near Uvita, in the South Pacific end, just north of Marino Ballena that would be perfect.

HOWEVER, I am hearing a lot of mixed reviews about the rainy season, as opinions vary from just a few minutes/hours a day of rain, to being accused of a total nutball for even thinking of visiting at the end of September, since they measure the rainfall in FEET! Apparently domestic flights get cancelled in a heartbeat, and the roads just getting from San Jose will be a flooded nightmare!

So I turn to you, the experienced travellers - would you say that visiting Southern Costa Rica in late September is a worthwhile trip (and if so, should we try to stay away from driving)? Or is it best left to later on, once the worst of the rainy season is over?

Please let me know - any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 01:58 PM
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I probably wouldn't do it; rainy season is traditionally May-November, and we do travel during the summer, but late September and into October seems to be when a lot of the rains get heavier and more continuous. If you did it, I think you'd have to be okay with the fact that you would get a lot of rain. I remember asking one of our Osa guides about coming during that time frame, and he gave me the "Are you nuts?" response.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 02:00 PM
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I meant to add that if you were interested, you could take a look at doing something on the Caribbean side since their weather patterns are completely different. That's the drier time of year for them.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 04:34 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't do it. After talking to locals, I would never do a trip in Sept or Oct. unless it was the Carib. side. I have been caught in rain in both April and May and when it rains....WOW...but these were one day or half day wash outs. I've been told it can rain like that for DAYS in Sept/Oct.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 08:23 PM
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The nearby Osa Peninsula shuts down completely during this time period. Pass.
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Old Feb 24th, 2011, 05:33 AM
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www.weather2travel.com/climate-guides/costa-rica

Unless you are into LOTS of rain might go elsewhere

I LOVE CR but do not go in the fall

Kona Hawaii www.alternative-hawaii.com

www.priceline.com good packages

or South America

Ecuador www.gunguiltagua.com

www.brazilbeaches.org www.brazilnuts.com

a tonne better for me in the fall.

Happy Hunting Congrats!
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Old Feb 24th, 2011, 05:35 AM
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www.galapagosXpeditions.com

might be a tonne of fun for you in the fall

had a GREAT time last year with them.
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Old Feb 24th, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Mouse over this map to get an idea of rain patterns by month.

http://costa-rica-guide.com/Weather/WeatherMap.html
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danzinman - if you go on youtube and type in costa rica flooding or rain, it will probably make up your mind...sorry
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Have you considered Bocas del Toro in Panama? September is perfect weather for this region. You might want to research this area to see if it's what you're looking for.

Good luck,
Mike
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