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What Place has the Most Sunshine and Fewest Mosquitoes (rainy season)?

Hello to all.  I've been here in Costa Rica for two weeks and overall I love it.

I'm looking for a place to live in the rainy season that still has a lot of strong sunshine and few mosquitoes. 

My sweetheart will be giving birth to our first baby (a boy) in August and I need a sunny place with few mosquitoes for my health (and mom and the baby).

I've poured over sunshine maps: … map-en.png

and rainfall maps. … -rainfall/

and am still having a hard time figuring out where to live.

Currently we are close to Turrialba at about 3,500 ft. elevation.  The temperatures are indeed wonderful here, but there's more cloud cover than I would like.

The climates here can change quite dramatically in not very much distance, so I don't remotely think I have found the optimal location for me.

Any thoughts on where to find plenty of sun in the rainy season without feeding too many mosquitoes?

Hola Language101,

Welcome to!

First, I'd say that this is a bad year to choose a location based on weather.  This year has been much cloudier, wetter, etc., etc., than normal.  Most expats, including myself, would advise you to find an area that you think you like, rent for a while and then if you don't like it, find an area better suited to your needs.  Areas that I like, or others might like, very likely will not coincided with what you want out of this experience.  We all have different opinions of what is the "perfect spot."

I live in the San Ramon area.  Normally, we only have two truly wet, heavy downpour months - October/November.  This year, I swear the day someone declared it to be the "rainy season," it began to pour almost every single %$#&(! day!!!  🌨💨☔️  Usually, even if we're going to get a good downpour, it's in the afternoon after a nice morning of bright sunshine.  Not so this year.

So, my advice, stick around and see what happens next year.   :D

- Expat Dave ☀️🌴 Team Member

Very similar to what we are experiencing near Puriscal.  May was more like September norms.

TerrynViv :

Very similar to what we are experiencing near Puriscal.  May was more like September norms.

Yep!  Most years if it's too cloudy or rainy here I can just ride my moto toward the coast to visit the sunshine.  Not so this year.   :rolleyes:

Even in dry Guanacaste, it has been very wet...

kohlerias :

Even in dry Guanacaste, it has been very wet...

I was wondering about that.  Good, they really needed it.    💨🌦

Thanks, for your advice.  Do you know anyone who could make good guesses on where the most sun (and fewest mosquitoes) would be in the next 90 days?

There is probably some weather hobbyist who would have an answer to this.


Unfortunately, the next 90 days will take you into the real rainy season.

I would 'guess' that in the vicinity of Playas del Coco in the Guanacaste province will, at least  be drier than Turrialba...but it will then be very hot and humid, in the 90's which may add problems for a pregnant woman.

Thinking back on what I wrote and what I didn't, is to expect it to be much more expensive living in Playas Del Coco or Tamarindo area, than the Turrialba area.

A Costa Rican acquaintance of mine wrote this:

"This is a list of reports released by the ministry of health regarding mosquito transmitted deseases, you can use that as a proxy for mosquito concentrations (and also, I think you should focus on less incidence of viruses and not so much in the mosquito itself):

you can find analizas and raw data here: … n-de-salud

You can find a summarized doc here: … -zika-2016

Looking quickly through the data I think Palmares and San Ramón are interesting places. You can check the weather patterns of those two towns. "

When I was in Palmares for a couple of days, the locals said that Palmares was much sunnier than San Ramon.  I wasn't there long enough to have an opinion, other than I agree that this year is very rainy overall.

Yes, I thought prices in Turrialba were indeed quite low and if I wasn't shopping for a sunnier and drier place I would stay there for sure.  At 3,500 to 4,000 ft. there were few mosquitoes and they were said to not be the denge carrying kind.

In my two days on Coco beach and Flamingo beach, I got a lot of mosquito bites in spite of putting on lots of mosquito spray.

You are correct about Palmares.   Many, many times I've driven from here, San Ramon, to Palmares and the weather will be nicer there.  It's only about 12 km but they do have more sunny days.

- expat Dave

I agree on Palmares too.  It might be a good idea to stay with an hospital not too far.

Good luck, Gini

A friend of mine lived in Turrialba and loved it! But moved due to the threat of gases from the volcano. Also for me it would be way too cool and cloudy there.

Everyone is right about the rainfall this year. My Tico friend says his dad - who's lived here where we live near San Ramon, his whole life - said that he's never seen this much rain early in the year like this. The weather this year has not been good.

I think predicting where to move where it's going to be sunny is difficult to do.
Of course, don't forget, according to our USA leaders, there is no such thing as Global Climate Change. Or if there is, it's just a cycle, not man made... LOL.

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