Adios Costa Rica – Hello USA: Comparing Rainy Seasons
Setting aside the Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, I’ll take Florida’s rainy season over Costa Rica’s any día de la semana. (day of the week)
It’s a helluva lot hotter and more humid in southwest Florida at sea level compared to the central valley of Atenas Costa Rica at 2400 feet elevation.
But the rains in Florida are quickly pass-thru pop-up thunderstorms. All day rains are rare. In Costa Rica during rainy season you can count on an afternoon rain that can last from a downpour that lasts a few minutes, then slack off to a steady rain that will last an hour or so. Then the clouds will move in and turn the sky grey for the rest of the day. And since sunset is 6:30 p.m. that means the day is done.
Everyday. For months. It will rain everyday.
In southwest Florida, it may rain like crazy for a few minutes, but once the storm moves through, the sun comes out (thus raising the humidity to ridiculous highs. The “real feel” (summer wind chill) will top 100 regularly. But it won’t rain everyday. As a matter of fact, we have had to water plants from time-to-time because of 3-4 days without a drip.
I prefer the Florida rainy season… hate the humidity but love the sun. AND… Costa Rica rain is COLD.