Thursday, October 5, 2017

I Can Stand the Rain - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

Aside from a storm brewing in the Caribbean and skirting our coastline over the next several days, I enjoy the rainy season here. As a matter of fact, I wasn't even aware that there was a storm! It was pretty rainy last Sept, Oct and Nov so I figured it was all part of the "season".

 After arriving at the beginning of the rainy season in 2016 my goal was to just get through it. The season turned out to be longer than usual and when the dry season finally came, well, it was short lived and only stayed around for a few months and it was back to rain.

Costa Rica is a very diverse country and the rain is not the same all over the country. You can go here 
for more information on Costa Rica weather by area. 

What I discovered during the much awaited dry season was that nothing much changed in our lives except that we could go out in the afternoon after 1 or 2 pm without our umbrellas and without the threat of rain. However the downside was that our yard looked like shit! Our landlord made it worse by sprinkling fertilizer on the lawn which burned big circles in our front yard! Gone was the beautiful green lawn and blooming flowers! The grass looked like straw and we had to remember to turn the sprinklers on and off. The leaves on the trees became so sparse that we found out just how close we are to our neighbors when we could see up into their yard and watch their comings and goings. The coffee plants were cut back and our view completely changed. Going into Grecia, the weather was too hot for me and I was always happy to get back up the ridge.

Oh - so THAT was the dry season!!! When the rainy season started and our yard began to look beautiful again and I could enjoy the flowers, I was a pretty happy girl.

The rain here is nothing like the chilly, windy, dark and dreary experience back in the Bay Area where you can find tons of  umbrellas tossed along the side of the street (after being blown inside out). The rain is warm (and during the 1st 1/2 of the rainy season the rain starts about 1- 2pm and lasts for an hour or so and then clears up and it's back to sunny skies) but it can be torrential and very loud with thunder and lightening. The duration of the rain increases as the rainy season progresses so in Oct and Nov there can be quite a bit of rain and it can be off and on all day and even into the night. The mornings however, are usually still quite beautiful. My only real complaint is that we have to unplug our electronics to keep from having them destroyed in a power surge and periodically the power goes off for a bit. But, I have learned to take it all in stride. Just part of living in paradise.

Pura Vida as they say!

Oh - and it probably doesn't hurt that I no longer have to go to work in the rain! 👏👏👏

Watch - A Beautiful October Day below!

I Like the Rainy Season in Costa Rica from Devon on Vimeo.

I do recommend that anyone planning to live in Costa Rica full time, explore the rainy season,
it just might not be be for everyone!

The Central Valley with San Jose enjoys the best climate in the country as the weather here has an average of 22 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit and is tempered with a cool coastal breeze. In the highlands the temperature averages 13 degree Celsius, while in the lowlands or at sea level the temperature stays at around 26 degrees Celsius or 79 degrees Fahrenheit, with hot days and sultry evenings. source

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