January in Costa Rica

January is a great time of the year to visit Costa Rica, since it’s the dry season in most parts of the country, and the weather is generally sunny and dry.

Additionally, if you are traveling to Costa Rica in January,  I recommend you to pack lightweight, comfortable clothing and sunscreen, as the sun can be quite strong during this time of year.

To help you decide what to pack for Costa Rica in January I suggest you check our Packing List for Costa Rica.

January in Costa Rica, Weather and things to do.

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What to do in Costa Rica in January

If you’re planning to visit Costa Rica in January, the best advice I can give you is to book your tours and accommodations well in advance, as this is a popular time for tourists to visit the country.

There are to websites you should bookmark to help you find the best available accomodations and tours:

There are many exciting things to do and see in Costa Rica in January, some popular activities and attractions include:

Visiting Costa Rica National Parks in January :

Costa Rica is home to many beautiful national parks and reserves, such as Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. These areas are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, and offer opportunities for activities like hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting.

Visiting all the different beaches:

Costa Rica has many unique beaches along both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Some popular beaches to visit in January include Tamarindo, Jaco, and Manuel Antonio.

Feel like the most extreme adventurer in the world:

There are many one-of-a-kind adventures to enjoy in Costa Rica, including rafting, zip lining, and surfing, Check our top 10 adventure tours in Costa Rica.

Visiting cultural attractions:

Costa Rica is home to a rich culture and history, and there are many interesting cultural attractions to visit, such as museums, churches, and markets.

Food tourism in Costa Rica:

Costa Rican cuisine is known for its delicious and diverse flavors, and there are many local dishes to try, such as gallo pinto (a traditional rice and beans dish), casado (a plate of rice, beans, and meat), and plantains. There’s also a lot of different food experiences in Costa Rica you can book where you can learn how to prepare regional cuisine with locals or visit coffee and chocolate plantations.

Relax like never before in Costa Rica:

Enjoy a time for yourself at one of the amazing Costa Rica Hot Springs Resort and luxury spas, where you can relax and rejuvenate with massages, facials, and other spa treatments.

There are so many exciting things to do in Costa Rica in January, no matter what you choose I promise you’ll have the best vacation of a life time.

Costa Rica Weather in January

The average temperature in January ranges from around 75-85°F (24-29°C) during the day, and can drop to around 60-70°F (16-21°C) at night, depending on the region.

The dry season in Costa Rica lasts from late November to early April, and is characterized by sunny and dry weather, with little to no rainfall. During this time, the days are generally sunny and warm, with clear blue skies and low humidity. The nights can be cooler, especially in the highlands and mountainous areas.

It’s important to note that Costa Rica is a tropical country, and the weather can vary significantly depending on the region you are visiting. The coastal areas tend to be warm and humid, while the highlands and mountainous areas can be cooler and drier. It’s a good idea to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing and sunscreen, as the sun can be quite strong during this time of year. You’ll also want to bring insect repellent, as mosquitoes can be a problem in some areas.

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