Don’t let rainy season in Costa Rica deter you from taking a trip. May through mid-November is certainly known as the rainy season for a reason, but this is still a fantastic time to visit -- just remember to pack a poncho. You won’t have to deal with the high-season crowds, and the countryside will be vibrant and lush. The best part is that all of the activities are still in full swing. Take a tour of the wet forest on the hanging bridges near the (active!) Arenal Volcano, do a canopy tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest or take surf lessons in Manuel Antonio National Park.
The wildlife is also just as lively as any other time of year. Monkeys, sloths and loads of iguanas, lizards and geckos will all be on display. Visitors may want to consider passing up a rental car this time of year and booking shuttles from one town to the next. Interbus is the shuttle of choice for most of the Central American tour packages. Spend some time on Travelzoo finding a vacation package that's right for you -- we have packages that save as much as 50%.