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Costa Rica Weather in July: Heavy Rains

Limón Costa Rica weather in July
Average high temperature and rainfall for Limón Costa Rica in July. © Scott S. Bateman

Costa Rica weather in July has heavy rains on the Pacific coast and even heavier rains on the Caribbean coast.

The Central American country of Costa Rica has a port at Limón that is a common port of call for “exotic” western Caribbean cruises. They also are sometimes called Central America cruises.

For Pacific and Panama Canal cruises, Puntarenas on the Pacific coast is a common port of call.

Heavy rains are common in Costa Rica, which has lush rainforests as a result. But historically, the rains are especially heavy in July because of the annual Caribbean and Pacific hurricane seasons. The Caribbean hurricane season goes from June through November. The Pacific season goes from mid May through November.

Limón Weather in July

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Limón has an average rainfall in July of 17 inches, according to the Costa Rica National Meteorological Institute. It is the second highest level of the year after December.

This compares to brief dry seasons of six inches in September and eight inches in March. But rainfall for these “dry seasons” is still heavy compared to most Caribbean destinations.

On average, it rains 22 days during July, the highest of the year. It compares to a low point of 14 days in September.

Limón Costa Rica temperatures in July stay comfortable with an average high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit or about 30 Celsius, the Costa Rica National Meteorological Institute says. The average low temperature is 73 Fahrenheit or 23 Celsius.

Puntarenas Weather in July

The Pacific cruise port of Puntarenas also has heavy rains throughout the year, but not as much as Limón.

The average rainfall for Costa Rica in July is seven inches, according to the Costa Rica National Meteorological Institute. It rains on average 18 days during the month. This compares to a low point of only two days in January and February during the Puntarenas dry season, which is much drier than Limón.

Puntarenas also is warmer than Limón. Average high temperatures in Puntarenas in July are about 90 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 Celsius, according to the Costa Rica National Meteorological Institute. The average low temperature in July is 74 Fahrenheit or 24 Celsius.

San Jose Weather in July

The country’s capital at San Jose in the interior is closer to Puntarenas than Limón, so it has similar rainfall to Puntarenas, although slightly wetter. Rainfall averages eight inches in July, down from more than 10 inches in June.

San Jose is in the cooler interior of the country.  The average high temperature for San Jose in July is 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 Celsius. The average low is 61 Fahrenheit or 17 Celsius.

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Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
June 12, 2024

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