Did you know Costa Rica has a mini-summer?

June 28, 2019

Did you know that Costa Rica has a mini-summer called San Juan Veranillo? Click here to find out more. Written by Kristen M. Brown at Samba to the Sea for The Sunset Shop.

Summertime and the living is fineeeeee!  I don't know about you, but summer just so happens to be my favorite season. With long summer days, fresh fruit + vegetables (give me all the corn on the cob, peaches, berries + cherries...oh my!), backyard BBQs, and of course, beach days!!!! 

But there's one minor detail... 

Costa Rica doesn't follow the same seasons as the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Weird, I know! 

For Costa Ricans, summer falls between the months of December-April, and the winter months are May-November.

So why is this backwards?

From December-April, the weather in Costa Rica is blue skies + sunny days every single day, also known as Dry Season. As a result of this, Costa Ricans designate these typically Northern Hemisphere winter months as their summer months. And consequently, the rainier months from May-November are the winter months in Costa Rica, also known as Rainy Season.

In short, in Costa Rica, December-April = Dry Season = summer, and May-November = Rainy Season = winter. 

Buttttttt for a brief stretch during Costa Rica's winter, the afternoon rains stop and the refreshing offshore summer winds come back for a mini-summer, or what's called Veranillo de San Juan. Interestingly enough, Costa Rica's mini-summer typically starts right around June 21st, the summer solstice. And in true slow latin / Tico time, mini-summer arrived a couple days late this past week! 


So now that mini-summer in Costa Rica has arrived, how about we officially cheers to an endless summer?! Have an AWESOME weekend! 

And P.S....eat some freshly picked summer corn and peaches for me, will ya? You definitely can't find these American summer staples here in Costa Rica.  :(

Golden sunset waves in Costa Rica. Wave Bandito surf print by Samba to the Sea at The Sunset Shop. Image of breaking waves during a golden sunset in Costa Rica.

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Pura Vida,
 


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