Playa Potrero Weather
Playa Potrero weather is typical of the climate on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast. Over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, minimal humidity and low elevation contribute to an extended dry season. Verano, or summer, runs from November through April and is peak tourist season. Clear blue skies, hot rays of sun and tropical breezes make for ideal weather. Compared to its neighboring southern coast, the Gold Coast experiences less rain, even in the wettest months of September and October. Minimal moisture here gives rise to the a dry forest ecosystem, which is a rare phenomenon worldwide. Dryness is expected most of the year as months can pass without a single raindrop. This deters many of the insects found in the more damp jungle areas of the country including mosquitoes, which pester visitors with Dengue Fever on the Caribbean coast of Coast Rica. It also, however, makes the area prone to occasional wildfires, especially if there are higher winds.
Temperatures don’t fluctuate much in Potrero. Peak season temperatures can range between 90 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit (32 – 35 degrees Celsius) during the day and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) at night. March and April are the hottest months when temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Rainy or “green” season, from May to October, is more humid. Daytime temperatures reach around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and nights are cooler as north winds tend to descend after sunset. Showers will often come through in the afternoons or evenings and although fleeting, can be extremely heavy, causing rivers and low lying lands to flood, especially in October. The flash rainfall during this time of year has an immense impact of the growth of foliage and what is brown most of the year becomes temporarily lush and thick with green growth.
One benefit of the high temperatures on the Gold Coast is a corresponding balmy sea temperature. The average sea temperature in Potrero ranges from 80 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 29 degrees Celsius), with highest sea temperatures reaching over 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) between May and October and lowest sea temperatures dipping to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) in February and March.
Hours of daylight are a definite consideration when coming to Costa Rica as they do not fluctuate much either. Being close to the equator means that the amount of daylight visitors experience in Potrero (and in Costa Rica in general) will differ from what is usual in most other places of the world. The longest day of the year on June 21st is only 12 hours and 43 minutes and the shortest day of the year on December 21st is not much different, spanning 11 hours and 31 minutes. This roughly 12:12, day to night cycle affects lifestyle and activities in Potrero. For example, with the sun rising year-round between 5:20 and 6:00 am visitors will find their best window for outdoor activities is before 9 am. After that time, the temperature soars and can often be to hot and grueling for outdoor exertion. The rays of the sun are extremely strong close to the equator and if activities are undertaken during the middle of the day, it is highly recommended to be prudent with sun cover and sunscreen, especially on or near the water. With the sun setting between 5:20 and 6:10 pm, another window of tolerable temperature opens up after 4 or 5 pm.
The best time to visit Potrero as a tourist depends on weather and climate preferences as well as a number of other factors like the busyness of tourist season. Major national holidays like Holy Week and the Christmas season can also bring a migration of Costa Ricans from inland to the coast, flooding beaches and clogging up roads. And, although most surfers will prefer the endless sun of verano, many will appreciate the seasonal swells and different wave patterns that emerge for mastery during the rainy season. Ultimately, no matter what time of year one comes to visit, the many climate factors of the Gold Coast converge to support the phenomenal and unique eco-diversity of the area, providing an abundance of plant and animal species (and natural experiences among them) that are unforgettable.