Travel during Rainy Season - CR

Discussion in 'Central America' started by UnfurleD, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    my buddy is over-exaggerating the rainy season in Costa Rica i believe. His birthday is a week into November. i bought my ticket about a month ago when we settled dates, leaving day after bday to go for 10 days. Now he wants to push it back two weeks (day after Thxgiving), then said maybe Jan-Feb. I need some help convincing him to stick to schedule cuz turkey day cuts into family time and January is nowhere close to his birthday - which makes it that much more uneventful. Tix are to San Jose, we're talking about several days in Hermosa then 4-5 days in Pavones (that's a lotta travel, but his neighbor has a place in Pavones - free stay). Pavones gets more rain (that's one reason), but i could use some more assurances that i can brush off. it's become annoying so i could use some slightly friendly SI advice on why the rainy/green season is not that baaaad
  2. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    No massive dust from roads = no coughing jags = lungs feel good.

    Offshore winds = clean & green every day = need you say more.

  3. red dog

    red dog Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    You see more critters! Washed out of their comfy beds!
  4. trevolution

    trevolution Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    make sure you have a 4x4 lined up for pavones. lots of road wash outs that time of year, can't rely on public transportation or a crappy rental need all wheel drive to get through that last section if its muddy.

    Also watch out for Dengue. For realz, thats when it hits hard. Besides that yes, offshore winds up towards the north. Only go to PAvones if theres a good south swell running or you will be wasting your time, might as well stay up at Santa Terressa or Playa Hermosa or Domincal until one hits.
  5. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    my guess is that a fixed 4-5 day period in January-February in Pavones has a real high potential for getting skunked with not nearly strong enough south swell that time of year.
  6. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    You mean watch out for mosquitos. And Dengue is only one disease travelers need to beware of when headed to tropics during wet season. It is a b1tch--I had it as a kid. It is what gave me my charisma!! But others are malaria, zika, chunkinguya, etc. Ah, the pleasantries of tropical travel!!
    Next stop for me is Paris and Provence. Fvck surf trips. Gonna play tourist with my lovely french wife on my arm. Refreshing change--no mosquitos, just mooslims.....
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  7. HelpHelpLetMeOut

    HelpHelpLetMeOut Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    Id take mosquitos over mooslims any day and twice on sundays
  8. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Mosquitos kill more humans than mooslims every year, no exception.
    Especially malaria--that one do suck. I would take all 3- zika, dengue, and chunkinguya, at the same time, than deal with malaria. Malaria is the biggest killer of humans in the world.
  9. HelpHelpLetMeOut

    HelpHelpLetMeOut Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    you can take precautions against somewhat predictable mosquitoes, not so much with religious fanatics
  10. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    Fuk Paris. Go to Biarritz. Old French city on the beach with ample world class beach, point, and reef breaks all within short driving. The mountains are only 2 hours away and you can really enjoy French food and culture.
    Personally after spending some time in those two places, my desire to go to Paris vanished.
  11. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    And if you can add Lyon to your travels, you can also add a few lbs of incredible French cuisine :cool:
  12. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Costa doesn't have malaria (but def dengue)
  13. sigmund

    sigmund Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    I went to CR in November several years ago. It's the tail end of the rainy season, so good chance of nice weather with the added bonus that the jungle is lush, and it's freaking gorgeous. It gets all dried out in the winter + the surf sucks.
  14. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Fvck Biarritz. That is a surfer community. Assholes, all of them. Don't believe me?? Look in the mirror. hahaha!
  15. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    One of my good friends from Wrightsville caught it (Dengue) 4-5 years ago in CR. He said it was the worst experience ever. The pain he experienced was extreme. The fever almost killed him.

    If I had a choice I would go from beginning of April to beginning of July. OP, traveling to Pavones during the rainy season...if it's truly dumping rain while you are there, will not be fun (unless the surf makes up for it...which I suppose is possible). Good luck
  16. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Oh yes it does have malaria--it is endemic in all of Central America. Read the history, if you can read, on the construction of the Panama Canal, next door. Many workers contracted and died of malaria.
  17. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Although very rare....especially on the Pacific side of CR.
  18. crindlefish

    crindlefish Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2015
    On what side of the rio claro is your friends house? This is very important. I was just down there over february break. The upper bridge across the river is being torn out and rebuilt because it's too old and sketchy. It's gonna take a pretty long time because they're making it into a 2 lane bridge, and the only other bridge is a dirt and gravel one near the mouth of the river that has already almost washed out. Since it's turning to the rainy season and the river is gonna start flowing pretty damn hard, it might be impassable since both bridges will be gone. So depending on what side of the river he lives, you may have a veeery hard time getting there.
  19. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

  20. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    i'll have to ask. It's all been good info though, especially about Dengue. I know it rains a bunch more down there at Pavones then up by Dominical/Hermosa at that time of the year. I was pulling for Nicoya via Liberia airport, but I would outmuscled on that debate. I'll fight the good fight tho, and try to pull back the schedule to The birthday week.