Blue Osa and the surrounding businesses on the Peninsula suffer from what you might call a “high” and a “low” season. Not coincidentally, the area is subjected to a “rainy” and a “dry” season. As you might have guessed the dry season coincides with the tourist season, the rainy season does not bode so well in that account. Apparently, most tourists prefer to take their vacations where the sun shines brightly.
I’m here to tell you why you shouldn’t discount visiting Blue Osa in the low and rainy season.
First off let’s clarify the rainy and the dry seasons
Rainy season: May to November
Dry season: December to April
The following are reasons why you should visit Blue Osa during the rainy season…
Refuge in the solitude: If you are looking for a relaxing vacation then the rainy season should bode rather well with you. There is no place quite like the Blue Osa grounds when it is vacant. You are secluded in your own little jungle oasis, and so long as you don’t mind the occasional shower your time spent here will be tranquil and free from stress.
Plants and animals: Rain cultivates life. The foliage blooms in full force come the rainy season, and every oxygen-filled breath inward is a testament to that. Animals too spring to life during the rainy season, because where there is water, there is life.
Rain won’t kill you: It’s water, not cyanide. I will be the first one to admit that rain can be a nuisance. I’m from Canada, where the rain is cold and relentless. Rain jackets do their paltry best at shielding you from the falling droplets but usually, within minutes, you are completely sodden, cold, and miserable. Rain here though is rather pleasant. It’s by no means cold, and in accordance with the warm climate, it is rather refreshing.
Storms are brief: I would like to emphasize this point. Yes, there exists the occasional day in which it rains morning to night, but for the most part, showers are temporary and they compete with long interludes of the sun, which shines so furiously that the area is usually dry within minutes.
Lower costs: For the cost-savvy individual, the rainy season brings about an overall decrease in prices. Hotels slash their prices, local tours are easily negotiated, even car-rentals are cheaper in the rainy season. So if you’re looking to save a dollar, the rainy season might be worth looking into.
Cooler climate: It is hot here in Costa Rica, I can attest to that. When I mention this to the locals though, they just chuckle and shake their heads. Well, as I have recently discovered, we are currently amidst the months of winter, when the temperatures are “refrescante.” The summer months which bring about the dry season are painstakingly hot. I will repeat that for emphasis. THE DRY SEASON IS HOT.
Rain is peaceful: Rain is the terrible monster who in the end we learn was just misunderstood. She is refreshing, she facilitates life and growth and she can be fended off with a simple umbrella (of which we have many at Blue Osa). She carries about a simple beauty with her that we often take for granted. It is wonderfully soothing to be lulled to sleep by the sound of machine gun droplets bouncing off the tin roof above you. Or retiring to the beach to watch storms dance and play on the horizon.
Shelter: As a final point, I must remind you of this: There are many, many places on the property that offer sanctuary from the rain. Surprisingly enough the astute builders decided on tin roofs, which I must say do a phenomenal job in shielding those beneath it from the elements. The sun will come too, so as long as you can withstand the occasional shower the rainy season is a viable time for a vacation.
The drawbacks of visiting during the rainy season include…
Transport can be iffy: Heavy showers often inundate the surrounding rivers, which rise, preventing traffic from crossing. Some days the collectivo (or bus) won’t be running simply due to the inclement weather.
Fewer people: If you crave the constant stimulation of other people, or you are looking to come to Blue Osa to meet new friends and share a drink, then maybe the rainy season isn’t right for you. The rainy-season brings about a decrease in people everywhere. Whether that be the guests at Blue Osa, tourists at the beach, or people in town, the rainy season does a fairly decent job at deterring most tourists.
Mosquitoes: Yes…those dreaded things. The rainy season brings about more water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs. As a result, the mosquitoes are a tad more voracious come the rainy months. Whereas I do not notice them, they have become the bane of existence to others here. It appears the oxygen-rich air has instilled a hearty appetite in the local mosquitoes and they tend to prefer some people over others.
All in all, the rainy season is a magical time to visit Costa Rica and shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ben von Jagow is an avid traveler and aspiring writer from Ottawa, Canada. He studied Business at the University of Western Ontario and worked in the banking industry before leaving the country to wander. His frugality coupled with his passion for adventure has transformed him into a traveler who searches for diversion in the unorthodox. Before coming to Blue Osa, Ben played professional football in Spain. At Blue Osa he spends his free time being manhandled by the waves with a surfboard trailing somewhere close behind. Despite the ocean´s attempts to dissuade him, he can usually be spotted returning the next day with a smile on his face. To see more of Ben´s work, visit him at www.benviajando.wordpress.com.