“Costa Rica? This beautiful tropical country does have the most beautiful weather all year round!”
That’s what most people think!
Well, sorry guys!
No true at all.
We do not know winter and summer-time in Costa Rica, that is clear, but therefor we have wet season and dry season (or rain season or rainy season and sunny season)
And in sunny season everything is fine, as the sun is shining from sunrise to sunset.
All is nice and well (eventhough it can get incredibly hot in the early afternoon!), but what happens during rain season in Costa Rica?
Well, you have to know that rain during rain season is nothing we are familar with in ANY way coming from Europe or USA.
Rain in Costa Rica -especially during heavy rain season October/November) is crazy. So much water in heavy drops is falling down from the sky, so that life on the streets and in the cities almost comes to a stop.
The canalization and drain systems in the whole country are often not able to swallow all that water, so that floodings are usual.
But even more so:
During rain season, all the clothes and things in your house will not get or stay dry.
If you have clothes to dry coming fresh out of the washing machine, you will need a dryer to do this job, because during the heavy rain season, it will not be possible to properly dry clothes.
And even if you use a dryer, you have to take your clothes out of the machine and put them into plastic bags, so they do not pick up moisture instantly.
Some people have also a dehumidifier in their wardrobe to protect clothes and other stuff from getting moist and molding.
It can get even worse with electronic devices.
As laptops, cell-phones, I-pods and I-pads are super sensible to all the moisture, you have to take good care of them.
Here are 2 tips on what to do with electronic devices during rain season in Costa Rica:
1. :We have our laptops run for pretty much most of the time during rain season, to have the warmth of the machines keeping the moist away
2. We created a light shelf and did put it behind the fridge to save energy costs.
We use the warmth of the fridge engine that is radiated at its back to keep our electronic devices dry.
Both techniques work pretty well. The second tip however in my belief is a pretty super-smart, cost-effective and environment-friendly solution for rain season.
I hope not to scare anybody here, but as I deeply care about you having a joyful stay in one of the most beautiful countries on earth, I feel I must be plain honest especially about the challenges that come along with living in a tropical country like Costa Rica during rainy season.
The good thing is:
It just lasts a couple of weeks.
In December -when it just starts getting real ugly and cold in Europe and the USA- it is already over and the sun comes back making all the wet afternoons forget in an instant.
What is a couple of weeks of rain compared to 6 months of grey cold and ice in Northern Europe or the Northern United States?
And if you prepare for this time of the year, or make a nice little vacation in the dryer North-West side of Costa Rica, you will have an easy dealing with rain season in Costa Rica