Weather and Climate
What’s the weather like?
Weather in Costa Rica is can be quite different depending on your geographical location. The only weather you can count on not having is snow. There is none, not even on the 13,000-foot mountains.
· Coastal lowlands are generally hot. Here, rainfall varies according to location and season.
· Mountainous regions can be very cool.
· On the plains you can go months without seeing rain
· In other areas it rains daily.
Weather at El Mirador
The average temperature in the Central Valley, where El Mirador is located, is ideal. Evening temperatures sit around 19 – 20 C and days average 30 – 32 C year round.
Dry season: The dry season is usually from the end of November until past Easter.
Rainy season (the Green Season): The amount of rain depends on the climate zone, with heaviest rains usually coming in October. When it rains, it’s usually in the afternoon.
Most industry in Costa Rica is of a non-polluting type.
- clothing manufacturing.
Agriculture is still the largest export sector, led by traditional bananas and coffee, but with non-traditional items such as ferns, flowers and tropical plants gaining rapidly. Huge refrigerated facilities are in place to encourage new agricultural exports. Coffee and bananas comprise 50% of the country’s exports and are at the top of the list for national revenue earners.
Tourism is rapidly becoming the number one economic earner.
Growth and development
Development is planned to a certain extent, although in much of the country private land can be used as the owner wishes.
Subdivisions must meet government standards, including roads, power, water and parkland and they must be maintained by the developer for several years after being sold out.
Free zones and industrial areas are well defined, and government policy has encouraged businesses to take job-providing factories to the villages to allow people to travel short distances to work and to slow the spread of large cities.
All construction must meet strict standards.
ENTRY & EXIT
North Americans can stay in Costa Rica legally for up to 3 months. If you wish to stay longer, you must leave the country for at least 72 hours. When you return, you can stay another three months.
If you overstay the three-month period you will have to pay a small fine. A local travel agency can arrange payment for you and prepare the travel documents you’ll need to leave the country for the required 72 hours.
Make sure your passport expiry date is at least 6 months away.
US and Canadian citizens, as well as citizens of most European and Latin American countries must carry a valid passport to visit Costa Rica.
It is advisable to confirm your return flight 72 hours ahead of your departure date.
Get to the airport 2 hours before departure time.
Tourists pay a departure tax of US$28 (current as of December, 2014) at the airport at check in.
If you want to work, you must apply for a working visa at the Costarican Consulate
Costa Rica offers different ways to legalize your status:
- temporary resident
- Foreigner government mission.
For more legal information contact the Costarican consulate or the Costarican Residents Association at www.casacanada.net