North Pacific at a glance
Comparatively with other regions of Costa Rica this area enjoys some of the hottest and driest weather which is perfect for sun seekers who enjoy lazy days on beautiful beaches.
Enjoy the incredible spectacle of the turtle hatch where hundreds of leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs each year at Marino las Baulas National Park.
Surfers from all over the world visit this area looking for the perfect break.
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Experiences in the North Pacific
The North Pacific region stretches from northwest Guanacaste to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and includes popular destinations such as Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the Gulf of Papagayo, Tamarindo, Samara, Santa Teresa and Montezuma. The area is one of the most visited and has year round good weather. The region is considered as tropical dry forest and enjoy long sunny days.
Destinations in North Pacific
Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.
The modern Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (Code: LIR) mainly receives specific flights for tourists visiting Guanacaste, Monteverde and La Fortuna in the Northern reaches of the country. This comfortable airport connects with beautiful beaches in one of the largest and most important tourist areas in the country. Costa Rica has several local airports with two airlines that fly domestically: Aerobell Airlines and Sansa Airlines.
The Pacific region is characterized by a well-defined dry and rainy season.The dry season lasts from December to March. April is a transition month. The driest and hottest month is March.The Pacific region begins in the northwest and ends in the southeast, meaning that the dividing line changes from north to south.
The rainy season goes from May to October, with November being a month of transition.There is a relative decrease in the amount of rain during the months of July and August, which are termed veranillo, or “little summer”.These months are marked by an intensification of the trade winds.The rainiest month are September and October, mainly due to the influence of the cyclone systems, the monsoon winds from the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and the sea breezes.
The rains mainly occur during the afternoon and early evening.
Compared to other parts of Costa Rica, the climate along the North Pacific Coast is typically hot and dry.
Home to vast expanses of tropical dry forests that often line the beaches, this area plays host to an array of animals including many species of sea birds and monkeys.
North of Tamarindo is the Marino las Baulas National Park, where every year hundreds of leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
Although Costa Rica is a small territory, it holds about 5 percent of the earth’s biodiversity. Fortunately, this natural treasure is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas, preserving a total of 25 percent of the national territory.
Visitors can enjoy the country’s majestic volcanoes, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, tropical dry, wet, and rain forests, as well as exhilarating jungle landscapes, all without travelling long distances.
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