With nearly 17 inches of rain, October is the wettest month of the year in Monteverde, Costa Rica. However, that also means that it is the greenest month of the year! The rainy season is often called the green season, and for good reason. All that moisture makes it a lush, verdant environment. In the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, for example, all that rain means that the clouds for which the reserve is known are present most of the day. Visiting the reserve can be an otherworldly experience, because the clouds surround you and give the whole park a dream-like quality.
Of course, all that moisture means you’ll need to come prepared. While an umbrella is handy while walking to shops and restaurants in Santa Elena, it’s worth bringing along complete rain gear for the outdoor adventures. Closed-toed shoes are also a must for any exploring in the cloud forest reserves.
Fortunately, the wettest time of year is also one of the cheapest times to visit. Affordable hotels in Monteverde Costa Rica are readily available, and this is the one time of year where you can even make last-minute reservations. At Hotel Bell Bird, for example, you can enjoy a comfortable hotel room at a very low cost. You’ll still be just 15 minutes from Santa Elena, making it a convenient option as well as a budget-friendly one.
Throughout Costa Rica, Dia de la Raza is a major festival. Also known as Columbus Day, this is a fun carnival that is gaining popularity in Monteverde. A parade through the streets, live music and plenty of dancing is something you won’t want to miss. It’s also a great time to try some of the local cuisine. Visit Soda Bonanza for inexpensive but seriously tasty local favorites from the region.
Monteverde in October is very accesible from a cost perspective. The destination will not be crowded and you will be able to experience a lush, verdant, cloudy environment. However it does rain a lot. If you decide to come to Monteverde in October you have to be confortable with the rain and be well prepared for it.
For more information about when to travel to Monteverde, we recommend reading the following articles:
- Visit Monteverde in January
- Visit Monteverde in February
- Visit Monteverde in March
- Visit Monteverde in April
- Visit Monteverde in May
- Visit Monteverde in June
- Visit Monteverde in July
- Visit Monteverde in August
- Visit Monteverde in September
- Visit Monteverde in October
- Visit Monteverde in November
- Visit Monteverde in December