Complete Guide to August in Costa Rica

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If you’re looking for low-season discounts and relatively sunny weather outside of Costa Rica’s dry season, August is an excellent time for visiting Costa Rica. Keep reading to discover all the best things to do in August in Costa Rica, as well as the typical weather and events and festivals to expect during this month.

August Weather in Costa Rica

If you visit Costa Rica in August, you’ll be visiting during the rainy season.

Average temperatures range between 65°F and 83°F in Costa Rica in August. However, during July and the first few weeks of August, Costa Rica enjoys what is known as vernillo, or “little summer.” During this “mini” dry season, the Costa Rica weather experiences a small lapse in the consistent rainfall that is common during the green season, especially on the Northwest Pacific Coast and Caribbean Coast. The green season rains tend to pick up as the month progresses, and rainfall is consistent in September and October.

A rainbow stretching over a body of water surrounded by lush green trees in Costa Rica.
August is a great time to visit Costa Rica for a lapse in the rainy weather and an increase in sunnier days.

August is an excellent time for budget travelers to visit Costa Rica for deals on hotel rooms and international flights. Because it’s the rainy season, you’ll be able to experience low-season prices and fewer crowds while still enjoying the morning sunshine. Just pack a raincoat and prepare for the possibility of late afternoon showers starting in mid-August.

Events & Holidays in August in Costa Rica


Virgen de Los Angeles

Virgen de Los Angeles is one of the biggest annual festivals in Costa Rica to celebrate the nation’s patron saint, the Virgin of Los Angeles. On August 2nd, thousands of pilgrims from across the country travel on foot to Cartago, just outside of San Jose in the Central Valley, to join the procession to the Basilica in Cartago.

A ceremonial statue used to celebrate the Virgin of Los Angeles celebration in Costa Rica.
On August 2nd, Costa Ricans across the country celebrate Virgen del Los Angeles, one of the biggest religious festivals in Costa Rica.


Fiesta Ciudad Colon & Fiesta Pattronale Aserri

Fiesta Ciudad Colon (San Carlos) takes place on August 10th, and Fiesta Pattronale Aserri takes place on August 19th. Both these festive events include music, dancing, food, and bullfighting.

A man with two cows and an ox cart riding down a street in Costa Rica.
During popular festivals in Costa Rica, you can expect to experience food, parades, and bullfighting.


Mother’s Day

Unlike Mother’s Day in the United States, which takes place in May, Costa Ricans celebrate Dia de la Madre on August 15th. So, needless to say, August is a great time to visit Costa Rica with your mom!

An outline of a mom and her two children against the sunset in Costa Rica.
Mother’s Day in Costa Rica occurs in August instead of May, like in the United States.


National Parks Day

Did you know that over 30% of Costa Rica’s land is protected in national parks? Costa Rica’s national parks system was created on August 24th, 1945, so each year, the country celebrates Día de Parques Nacionales de Costa Rica on August 24th.

A gorgeous waterfall falling off a cliff in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica celebrates its beautiful and biodiverse national parks in August each year.

Best Things to Do in Costa Rica in August

These are some of the best activities to enjoy in Costa Rica during the low season — specifically in August.


Tortuguero National Park

Prime turtle nesting season in Tortuguero National Park lasts from July to October. August offers the highest nesting activity, so it’s a great month for turtle tours in the park. Plus, the coastal areas along the Caribbean side of Costa Rica experience less rainfall in August, so you’ll enjoy favorable temperatures while visiting this popular park.

Two baby turtles swimming from the sand into the ocean.
August is the peak of sea turtle nesting season in Tortuguero National Park!


Caribbean Coast

Usually, the weather in Costa Rica is more favorable on the Pacific side, but in August, the tides begin to turn. Consider visiting popular beaches on the Caribbean Coast, including Playa Negra or Playa Cocles, to experience the world-class waves.

A beautiful beach in Costa Rica with clear blue water, a cloudy blue sky, and greenery.
August is one of the best months to plan a trip to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.


Northern Pacific Coast

The Guanacaste Province is still pretty dry in August, although late afternoon rains become more common as the month progresses. Take advantage of the favorable temperatures and head to popular beaches, like Playa Hermosa or Playa Flamingo, or go scuba diving at the Bat Islands or the Catalina Islands to see manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, and more.

A beautiful bay with clear blue water surrounded by greenery and secluded homes in Costa Rica.
Enjoy Costa Rica’s “little summer” and head to popular beaches on the Pacific Coast.


Manuel Antonio National Park

While the Southern Pacific, like the Osa Peninsula, experiences considerable rain in August, the Central Pacific only experiences afternoon showers, especially earlier in the month. Consider visiting Manuel Antonio National Park to hike through the rainforest, go white-water rafting, or spot wildlife like birds and monkeys.

A woman with a blue backpack and purple shorts walking through the rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Explore Manuel Antonio National Park while the weather is still dry enough for hiking and wildlife spotting.

Stay with Special Places of Costa Rica in August for the Trip of a Lifetime

August is a great month to travel to Costa Rica for the last lapse of “little summer” before the heavy rains in September and October. And one of the best places to stay to soak up the sunshine is in the Guanacaste Province.

Special Places of Costa Rica offers vacation rentals, from quaint condos to luxury mansions, in Playa Flamingo, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, and other beach towns along the Northern Pacific Coast. Explore our rentals to find the perfect place to stay during your vacation in August!

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