Weather & climate

Weather and Clothing - In Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast, it averages in the mid-80’s most of the year (slightly cooler at night). That said, it will feel warmer due to the humidity (it’s the jungle, after all!) In general, you’ll be fine bringing casual, lightweight, comfortable clothing that breathes well. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight rain jacket are recommended as well.

One of our neighbors has installed a weather station on their roof so you can check local conditions at any time here.

Climate - Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate year-round, with some variations based on what part of the country you are in. Manuel Antonio is on the Central Pacific coast, and remains warm year-round. 

Generally, there are two seasons - dry and "green," or wet. The dry season generally lasts from November through April. This is Costa Rica’s summer, the days are typically rain-free, and it is a very popular time to visit. That said, visitors enjoy Costa Rica every month of the year. The “shoulder” or transitional months between seasons can be less crowded and provide better value.

Time zone

Costa Rica is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It is on U.S. Central Standard Time but does not observe daylight savings time. If in doubt, use this world clock website to figure out the difference in time zones.

Getting here

Getting to Casa Sarita – Casa Sarita is located in the beautiful Manuel Antonio area (near the fishing village of Quepos), which is about a 3-hour drive from San Jose. Travelers can rent a car, arrange a pickup in San Jose by a driver, or fly a short plane ride from San Jose to Quepos.
Sansa and Nature Air offer several flights daily, which is 20 minutes by air. Be aware that Nature Air transfers are not from the San Jose International Airport.

We can arrange a private van with a driver for about $150-$200 per trip, depending on number of passengers. We can also arrange private van trips to other destinations.

Casa Sarita is located on Pacific Canyon Drive, on the west side of the main road in Manuel Antonio. The turn on to Pacific Canyon Drive is across from the Byblos Hotel.

Getting around Manuel Antonio – About 50% of our guests rent cars, and the others use the local taxi or bus service to get around the area. If you like flexibility, adventure and exploration, we recommend a rental car. If you’re less adventurous and are fine with taxis and buses, you will find those to be convenient and abundant.