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Several years ago I traveled to the Nicoya and basically decided it was where I wanted to live. I now live here year around and have learned alot about the area and its people. The Nicoya Peninsula is surrounded on three sides with ocean, giving the feeling of an island moreso than other parts of CR. Ocean breezes circulate most everyday through the coastal towns of Montezuma, Delicias, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and Manzanillo to name a few.
Summer begins in Nov. and lasts into May. Nov. is one of my favorite months, cool offshore winds begin and the heavy rains of Oct. ended, leaving greenery everywhere. The plants are vibrant green in fact and the landscape is stunning. December, January, and Febuary have a simular feel and the offshore breezes keep the area cool and comfortable. Ocassional rains will keep the plants happy. By March though the dry season is in full effect and the landscape becomes less vibrant. Dust covers the roadside shacks and anapola plants, though the beaches are no less stunning and the weather only slightly hotter, the lack of rain is evident even on the faces of the locals. Early in the month, the offshore breezes are still moving down from the mountains and you may well need a blanket to stay warm at night. But as March is a month of slight desparation, the heat is turned up and towards the beginning of April the sun in midafternoon is incredibly hot. When the heat seems to have reached its pinnacle it rains.
The locals will tell you it rains every Easter week. It does. The rains come and it seems a miracle. But it usually comes in strong and catches people unprepared. House gutters overflow, water runs onto roads cutting out paths. The life given by water imediately shines. The plants sprout new leaves, flowers and grow another foot. It is like that. The rains in the months of April and May can be strong, but they usually are not often. It rains every other day in the evening or night. Usually towards the end of May or beginning of June a big storm comes in and it rains for up to a week. June will have rain as this is normally a month with consistant amounts of water falling from the sky.
July and August are wonderful months to travel to the Nicoya. The weather in this time is a favorite among the locals. It is cool, you get plenty of sun, and it is green. But best of all, there are less people. Most of the guide books just classify July and August as rain season, but noone told them about the San Juan Verano. The San Juan Summer is our mini-summer and it brings less rain and many beautiful blue sky days to the Nicoya. Yes, there is rain in these months but not the amounts seen in June, Sept. or October.
By the last half of September the rains have come and there will be consistant rain through October. The towns take a rest. Many of the restaurants and hotels shut down as the sea and sky rage on. The travelers still come down hoping to catch that week of good weather and some do. The people who travel here now are planning to be here a while. They aren't in a hurry. They are not relying on one week of vacation. No, they have time to wait. The wait is necessary because the rains are frequent, but the payoff is rewarded as storm systems leave the island and move up to the mountains leaving our little Inlet shinning in the Pacific.