Why is Costa Rica a “Hurricane-free” Zone?

It’s Hurricane Season again and many of our friends and colleagues in Belize, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States have to prepare. So, why is Costa Rica (and for the most part also Nicaragua) spared?

Hurricanes form over ocean waters close to the equator when those waters are hot (above 80 degrees Fahrenheit). That’s why they form only during the summer and early fall, when those waters are about 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above. However, you won’t normally see hurricanes form right at the Equator. That’s because at zero degrees latitude there isn’t enough turning of winds in the atmosphere to give those tropical cyclones the “spin” they need to get started.  This spin is called the Coriolis Effect and it is almost impossible for hurricanes to form within 10 degrees of the Equator.

Costa Rica is located about 10 degrees north of the Equator (hence the name of one of our hotels is Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa).  Almost all storms also take a northern or western path away from the Costa Rican Caribbean coast.

What a blessing for our little country. And it is a good option for guest that want to get a way to a “hurricane-safe” tropical vacation destination in the months from August through November. Yes, it is our Green Season and it rains more than the rest of the year, but that has its own “charm”; remember that it is warm tropical rain in the rain forest. A magical experience.

The Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges offer incredible value-added promotions in the next few months. This is the best time to visit if you want to get away and beat the crowds.  If you have any questions regarding travelling in the Green Season, just send us a note.

Green Season in Costa Rica

One response to “Why is Costa Rica a “Hurricane-free” Zone?”

  1. From mid august , diring September and october til second week of november at the caribbean coast of costa rica it is the dry summer seasson ,,, perfect for water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding or kayaks

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