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Teddy Wright Jul 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Just signed up for the Nov 2 trip. So looking forward to this. Hoping it won't be too terribly hot.
Marilee Henneberger Jul 28, 2014 at 09:56 AM

The lowland areas will be warm, but frankly, not as hot as some places in the USA during summer. Much of Costa Rica is in the tropics, so expect warmth and humidity. There isn't much temperature variation between seasons in the tropics. I just got back from the trip… it was wonderful, even in the rainy season.
Marilee Henneberger Jul 28, 2014 at 09:59 AM

I should add that our short stay up in the mountains was a delightfully cool change of pace. We wore light jackets!
Teddy Wright Jul 28, 2014 at 07:54 PM

Thanks! So looking forward to it.

Miriam Levitt Jul 14, 2014 at 04:20 PM

We were on that trip last March. We saw few if any mosquitoes. We brought insect repellant, since my husband is a mosquito magnet. As far as I know, malaria was not an issue in Costa Rica nor were any vaccines recommended.

Karen France Jul 14, 2014 at 03:39 PM

My husband and I are taking the 8/5 Best of Costa Rica trip. Should we take antimalaria medications before, during, and after the trip? Sounds like overkill to me. Can we just use repellent and be OK?
Danna Moore Jul 14, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Go to the CDC site: It should tell you what you want to know. You are going to Tortuguero.
Marilee Henneberger Jul 14, 2014 at 05:16 PM

According to the CDC, "Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: Very low." for Costa Rica, including Tortuquero. They advise mosquito avoidance, not preventive drugs. To me, this means a combination of repellent and covering up during the hours mosquitos are likely to be active, ie, the evening.
Danna Moore Jul 14, 2014 at 07:14 PM

This is true, but I am not giving medical advice. Folks you need to read it for yourself and decide in your own specific situation! That is why I gave the website for CDC. I too do not remember mosquitoes

Marilee Henneberger Jul 01, 2014 at 04:32 PM

Sherry, I'll be on the July 15 trip. I live in hot, humid, often rainy South Florida and have also traveled into rain forests [Peruvian amazon region] and so, I'm used to wet warm weather. Generally, rain doesn't last long in the tropics. There may be a downpour which then clears… and other than walking on wet surfaces, all is well. Umbrellas are OK in cities, but I'll be bringing a hooded waterproof poncho,which is much more comfortable than a rain jacket which can get uncomfortably hot. Plus, you can wear your day or fanny pack under the poncho. I also suggest a brimmed rain hat.

Be sure and bring clothing that dries quickly, and some walking waterproof shoes. I swear by my Keen's and similar rubber soled walking strapped sandals. They have traction and can take puddles yet dry overnight. REI and LL Bean are just two online outfitters that have a nice selection of tropic weight items.
Sherry Rind Jul 02, 2014 at 12:34 AM

I read about bringing a poncho and now I know why that rather than my jacket. Thanks!

Sherry Rind Jul 01, 2014 at 01:49 PM

I'm a first time Road Scholar traveler who has signed up for the Sept. 9--21 trip to Costa Rica. Going in the wet season wouldn't be my first choice, but it fits my schedule of being able to travel between summer and fall quarters. If anyone experienced in Central American travel during the wet season has advice, I welcome it! Or if you're on the same trip, send a greeting. I'll be flying out from Seattle, WA.
Danna Moore Jul 01, 2014 at 02:40 PM

I was there during that time last year. Only really rainy time was at night. Just be sure you take a poncho. I would try REI for one. We went out one night to see the nesting sea turtles and it poured - really glad that we had those ponchos. It also wasn't very hot. It was a GREAT trip.

Carole Sklar Jun 06, 2014 at 07:12 AM

To Elaine W.,
Tried (failed) to reply to your latest message. I don't see it here. Edwin was the perfect guide! GO to India. My husband took a leave of absence from New Jersey Symphony so the we could be in India for the three best (weather) months, Nov., Dec., Jan.. My next trip with RS is to Puglia and Calabria (Italy) in Sept. 2014. Thanks for your interest.

Sandy Cambeilh May 27, 2014 at 09:12 PM

Have just signed up for the 12/2 trip. Already enjoying reading these posts from CR travelers. Any tips re December travel will be welcomed.

Carole Sklar May 27, 2014 at 06:19 PM

Very few mosquitoes, though, of course, bring repellent. Can't vouch for July.

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