Escape The Heat: Visit The Tropics This Summer To “Cool Down”

As heat waves and heat domes build up over the northern hemisphere from June through September, the tropics offer a surprisingly cool escape. Contrary to popular belief, temperatures in tropical regions like Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama are consistently warm year-round without the extreme highs experienced in many parts of the northern hemisphere.

Since most of the country is covered in forest and vegetation, the heat also does not build up like in cement-laden cities.  Cool ocean breezes and tropical (warm) rain showers in the second half of the day or at night act as natural cooling agents. 

And if it does get a bit hot during the day, here is our recommendation for a nature cool-down.

In Costa Rica, the temperature remains pleasantly steady, avoiding the drastic fluctuations caused by cold fronts and warm fronts seen elsewhere. Many guests from states like Arizona, Texas, Florida, and even the eastern Atlantic coast are pleasantly surprised by the milder temperatures during their visits from May through December.

Ideal Temperatures

Here are the average temperatures for May through December in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica:

  • Daytime Highs: 86°F (30°C)
  • Nighttime Lows: 68°F (20°C)

On the Caribbean Coast, in Puerto Viejo, the temperatures from May through December are similar. 

  • Daytime Highs: 85°F (29°C)
  • Nighttime Lows: 72°F (22°C)

Many of our guests find that they don’t need air conditioning at night, preferring to enjoy the natural sounds of the rainforest and crashing waves with just a ceiling fan.

How about a plunge into this pool?

Cooler Retreats

For those seeking even cooler conditions, the cloud forest of Monteverde offers daytime highs of around 77°F (25°C) and nighttime lows of around 62°F (17°C). This region’s misty, cool environment provides a refreshing break from the heat.

Temperatures in the highlands of Costa Rica are pleasant year around.

Wildlife Season

From May to November, Costa Rica enters what we call the Wildlife Season. This period is perfect for observing the country’s diverse wildlife. Visitors can witness turtle hatchings, whale watching, and much more, making it an ideal time for nature enthusiasts. 

As a special bonus, airfare is bookable last minute at very reasonable prices and many hotels offer special promotions like free nights.

Whale season is from July through November on the Pacific Coasts of Costa Rica and Panama.

Do you want to learn more about traveling in the summer months in the tropics? Send me a note to (Hans Pfister) or contact one of our travel advisors at

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