Best Things to See and Do
There are a lot of great things to see and to do in Costa Rica in May. Best of all, you’ll find that the tourist crowds are starting to disappear, too.
If you want to be guaranteed a mostly dry trip to Costa Rica in May, then keep to the north. In particular, head northwest to the Nicoya Peninsula, the driest place to be in May. Here you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and national parks of this scenic region, visiting the likes of Palo Verde National Park and Barra Honda National Park. If you’re looking for a little luxury though, head to the Papagayo Peninsula, also in the northwest, where you can enjoy beach resorts with lower prices and beautiful beaches with few other tourists to share them with.
Inland, head to the Arenal Volcano to hike the trails around this spectacular volcanic peak, before the rains begin to make access in or out more difficult. Or visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest to see the famed tall trees surrounded in mist – with quieter crowds than earlier in the year.