Did you know Costa Rica has really large tide swings between low and high tide? And what the heck do I mean with a (large) tide swing?
The tide difference between where low tide is on the beach and where high tide is in Costa Rica is 8-10+ feet -- this means that if you're standing on the beach right on the shoreline at dead low tide, 6 hours later that spot will have 8-10 feet of water covering it. And the tide is constantly changing, ebbing and flowing between low and high in a 24 hour period. In fact, in a 24 hour period, there will be 2 high tides and 2 low tides. And the exact time of low and high tide is always moving -- for example, high tide in Costa Rica was at 5:46AM and tomorrow morning high tide will be a littler later, at 6:38AM.(You can see the movement in tide with different tide lines in the sand in the image below, "Beach Day".)
So how will the tide affect your trip in Costa Rica?
And how does the high tide during sunset affect where I chase sunsets?! When the tide is high in the afternoon during sunset = very little beach to walk on with a lot of people squished together, I like to hike the hills behind Tamarindo with Gidget!
To check the tides for up to a year out, Check out thistide chart via Tamarindo Tides.
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November 19, 2021
Did you know that the best time to visit Costa Rica is right now?!
Or in other words, my favorite months of the year in Costa Rica is November and December!
Why? Click here to find out!