May marks the beginning of the green season in Manuel Antonio, also known as the rainy season. However, that rain is still coupled with warm weather and plenty of sunny days. Be sure to pack a range of clothing types to accommodate warm, sunny mornings and potentially rainy afternoons, especially in the second half of May.
For the budget-savvy traveler, the beginning of May is often the best time of year to visit Manuel Antonio. The rainy season doesn’t begin overnight, but there are far fewer travelers in May. That means cheaper flights, fewer crowds and even less expensive accommodation. If you want to splurge on an upscale hotel, May is one of the cheapest times to do so before the weather turns. The Arenas del Mar Beachfront Rainforest Resort offers stunning rooms, incredible amenities and a luxurious atmosphere.
The month of May kicks off with the holiday known as Día de los Trabajadores, a Labor Day celebration. The day is marked with parades, feasting and general relaxation. Don’t expect all of the shops and tourist attractions to be open on this day, but join in with the fun by watching the local parade and enjoying some live music.
Before the green season officially begins, make sure you head to the beach. Manuel Antonio in May is a great time to visit several beautiful beaches, and one of the top picks is Gemelas Beach. The beach is located within the Manuel Antonio National Park and is only accessible by trail. At high tide, the beach disappears, so you’ll need to plan your visit along with low tide. The temporary nature of the shoreline, and its remoteness, means that you’ll often have the secluded beach all to yourself.
After a day at the beach, you’ll be ready to dig into some delicious local cuisine. Restaurante Buru is a fantastic choice that offers indoor and outdoor seating. Try the ceviche, which features locally-caught seafood, or sample the delicious mussels served alongside local produce. From fresh and healthy to indulgent, Restaurante Buru has a little something for everyone.
For more information about when to travel to Manuel Antonio, we recommend reading the following articles:
- Visit Manuel Antonio in January
- Visit Manuel Antonio in February
- Visit Manuel Antonio in March
- Visit Manuel Antonio in April
- Visit Manuel Antonio in May
- Visit Manuel Antonio in June
- Visit Manuel Antonio in July
- Visit Manuel Antonio in August
- Visit Manuel Antonio in September
- Visit Manuel Antonio in October
- Visit Manuel Antonio in November
- Visit Manuel Antonio in December