April is the last of what is known as the high season in Costa Rica, but don’t expect the crowds to disappear overnight. If Easter happens to fall in April, then countless visitors flock from around the world to take advantage of the holiday and unwind in Costa Rica. It is also popular for locals to take some time off and enjoy a brief holiday in April, making hotel bookings even more popular.
Costa Rica in April has incredible weather, which is one reason why it is so popular at this time of year. The Pacific Coast is enjoying its last month with minimal rain, and there are only the occasional showers at night to worry about. In the Central Valley and through Arenal, it is one of the driest months of the year, and the same applies to the Caribbean Coast. Bring along your beach gear, because anywhere with a coast will offer near-ideal conditions for a day of swimming.
Since the Caribbean Coast is dry and warm, it’s the perfect time to explore a destination like the Parque Nacional Tortuguero. This national park is also a forest and marine wildlife sanctuary, and it is known for being home to both green and leatherback turtles. Leatherback turtles have their nesting season in April, making the Parque Nacional Tortuguero a smart place to visit.
If you want to stay close to the Parque Nacional Tortuguero, reserve a room at the Turtle Beach Lodge. This one-of-a-kind accommodation is right next to the park, and the beach is frequented by turtles and never crowded, since it is exclusively open for hotel guests. On the other side of the national park is a restaurant called Restaurante Caño Blanco. This eatery is always busy, and that’s because their local food is consistently tasty and affordable.
Beyond Easter, April in Costa Rica means you can expect holidays like Dia de Juan Santamaria, held on April 11th, in the province of Alejuela. On April 16th, the Fiesta San Rafael de Sata Ana features an enormous street fair with food, feasting and music for all to enjoy.
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