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When planning a trip to Costa Rica, it’s important to take the weather into consideration. It might be a tropical destination, but it doesn’t boast year round sunshine. Costa Rica has two seasons: the rainy season, which runs from May to mid-November, and the dry season, which is from mid-November to April. If you’re traveling to Costa Rica in the rainy summertime, you’ll need to pack accordingly.

First, though, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling to Costa Rica during the rainy season (also known as the green season, because everything is in bloom thanks to said rain) is really not as unappealing as it sounds. There are less crowds, prices are generally cheaper, and it’s usually not raining 24/7. I went during July and found that it only really rained for an hour or so in the afternoon, if that.

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Still, you’ll want to make sure you pack the right things. No one wants to be caught in a torrential downpour in the middle of the jungle with nothing to keep dry, and a very long car ride back to the hotel to look forward to. To ensure you’re ready for whatever the weather may decide to do, below are a few helpful tips on what to pack when you’re going to Costa Rica in the summer.