There are times it will rain, and times it will keep raining.
I you are used to light drizzle like Vancouver experiences it
seems most of the time, we are not talking about this. If you
are used to monsoons – rains where you can’t see the hood
ornament on your car like I have experienced in Papua New
Guinea and I’ve heard about in Hawaii – then I don’t think you
are going to see much of either in Guanacaste from my
But there will be times when it will be heavy rain that will
slow traffic and get you very wet running from the restaurant
to your car.
So what do I do? What might you do?
Embrace the rain!
- Go for a swim in the ocean. One local said: The best time
to swim is when it is raining, all the tourists go inside
– and you are going to get wet anyway! Then come out and
let the rain remove the salt water from your body.
Personally I have done this and I add one important
detail: I personally don’t do it if I can see lightening
or hear thunder – but most of the time I have seen and
heard neither when swimming in Costa Rica Guanacaste
- My wife and I, being caught out with our bathing suits,
and towels in a water proof bag, just walked along the
beach in the pouring rain, laughing and enjoying it,
amazed at how warm a rain could be. Were we come from –
rain is cold. But if you come from a tropical temperature,
you might not agree with us about it being a nice
- If you are a runner, go for a run on the beach – you’ll
see lots of crabs, birds and I’m told you are more likely
to see monkeys down close. I’ve seen monkeys more in
sunlight so I’m not sure about the last one. But the crabs
and birds, that fits my experiences.
- Sit with your feet in the rain and your body under cover.
This is very relaxing and you should try it at least once.
- Sit in the porch and listen to the rain. Relax and sleep
or read a book. Pay attention to the changing sounds of
the rain, think of it as God painting an audio picture for
- It’s a great idea to bring rain boots or shoes or hiking
boots that are waterproof, along with a rain jacket (I
personally prefer a long Ausi-style oilskin duster coat
that I wear on the plane – it’s better than the little
blankets they offer if you want to sleep) and either a
great rain hat (again, I prefer an ausi-style oilskin hat
or a Tilley hat) or if you don’t like that idea, an
umbrella – no really, go for the good quality hat … Then
you can do all sorts of activities comfortably in the rain
including rainforest hikes, horseback riding, waterfall
walks, white water rafter, wildlife tours and more. I got
my Outback Trading long oilskin duster and hat from
Lammles in Alberta, but you can order online, especially
convenient if you are in the USA from OutbackTrading.com
- Go fishing – some of the best fishing is done in the rain
Why not take the attitude: I came here to have down time. Use
the rain as forced downtime. Unlike Hawaii: it isn’t going to
rain all day for two or more weeks, so you’ll have plenty of
time to rush around and ‘do’ things in the sun. So act like a
pluviophile and just relax and enjoy the rain when it comes.
Live the rain: These tips are more for people who live/retired in Costa Rica
- Pull out your painting canvas’ and paint the weather, or
paint something based on pictures you took on a sunny day.
- Do that long overdue house cleaning.
- ead that book you’ve been wanting to read.
- Spend time and cook a fancy meal.
- Movies, Theatre, Museums, Art galleries.
- Plant some seeds.