Most who visit the “Pura Vida” country are sold into returning year after year by the its perfect temperatures and breathtaking geography.
To put it simply, it’s hard not to feel good when every day is beautiful. One of the best parts of choosing to retire or build a vacation home in Costa Rica is that in the majority of regions, that hallmark perfect weather everyone talks about is a year-round affair!
It isn’t difficult to justify buying real estate abroad — even less so when that property is in Costa Rica.
There’s a laundry list of financial and social reasons to make the investment in foreign property – to pick up and change your life with your family or partner and live in a new, exotic location. But sometimes, the key factors that help us initially connect with a place are the simplest and usually the most important.
In this case, we’re talking about the weather —’Pura Life’, pure and simple.
[Check out our blog post, “Top 5 Reasons to Own Costa Rica Property“]
If you speak a little Spanish, you’ve probably heard locals discussing the weather day-to-day, which might be the literal definition of small talk when you consider that Costa Rica only has two “seasons” – a wet and a dry – and the only real difference is a few degrees in temperature and the amount of rainfall!
Costa Rica has a summer (“verano”) and a winter (“invierno”), but only in name — this nomenclature is a holdover from Conquistadors and early Spanish colonizers who needed labels for seasonal shifts and tried to adapt a European lexicon to describe their new home.
Season to season, average temperatures across the country only fluctuate by about 10 degrees, so if you’re looking to retire in peace and quiet in a temperate to warm climate, Costa Rica might be the perfect answer.
Building a New Life on the Gold Coast with Altos Los Robles
Situated close to the equator, between 8° and 11° North latitude, Costa Rica has average annual temperatures ranging from 71° to 81°, according to CostaRica.com. In general, the coolest time of the year is between November and January, with the warmer weather rolling in between March and May.
The drastic changes in Costa Rica’s elevation and geography play a roll in varied weather patterns and rainfall from region to region. With regards to geography, Costa Rica’s Continental Divide, the mountain range that runs north-west to south-east, creates two distinct seasonal variances — “Dry vs. Green” — one on the Caribbean slope, the other on the Pacific.
If it’s a warm and sunny year-round climate you’re after for your retirement or vacation home, the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, also known as the Gold Coast, is the area that receives the least amount of rainfall and experiences more sunny days than any other part of the country. It’s also the home of Altos Los Robles.
Year round sun wasn’t the sole reason Altos Los Robles chose to start building custom vacation homes near the beaches of Playas del Coco, but it definitely was an important factor in the decision making process. Home owners can expect to enjoy long days and panoramic views of either the surrounding lush valleys or the Pacific Ocean.
The “Green” Season
While the Caribbean slope’s wet or “Green” Season usually runs from mid-April through December, the Pacific slope’s starts in May and runs through November.
During the Green Season, most days start off bright and sunny with clouds forming around noon and rains coming on by the latter part of the afternoon. Daily rain is a prospect that some might shy away from, but these weather patterns are so engrained in Costa Rican culture that the pace of life tends to sway and shift with the weather – and we mean that in the best way.
Another nice part about the Green Season? It’s a perfect summarization of what happens to the country side as the rains rejuvenates the already lush paisaje, or landscape, a fact that’s even true in the drier regions like Guanacaste.
If you’re looking to build a new life in a relaxed, tropical atmosphere, you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a rainy afternoon than swinging in a hammock, cup of coffee in had, listening to the rhythm of afternoon showers on your roof. The average rainfall for the country is 100 inches a year, but in certain areas, annual rainfall can exceed 25 feet!
All that being said, we know tropical weather isn’t for everyone, but the warm lifestyle of Guanacaste might be.
The Dry Season
As mentioned earlier, the dry season on the Pacific Slope begins in late November and runs through April, but that doesn’t hold much bearing for the Gold Coast, where most days, year-round, are warm and sunny.
The best time for a nice, hot Guanacaste vacation is during the dry season, which is perfect for those looking to get away from the rigors of the North American winter months. So, if you’re looking to start a new life in paradise, and warm weather with an abundance of sun is a necessary part of your criteria, then maybe building a custom home with Altos Los Robles is the best solution for you and your dreams of a life abroad.
To learn more about how to take advantage of the weather while on vacation in Guanacaste, click here.
Altos Los Robles’ development is situated next to Playas del Coco [learn more about Playas Del Coco here], a few minutes from Liberia, the Capital city of the province of Guanacaste. Visit our website today to learn more about what Altos Los Robles has to offer for you and yours on the Gold Coast and to look at a pricing guide for our remaining available lots!