The best times to visit Tortuguero for ideal weather are
September 10th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Tortuguero Travel Guide
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Weather in Tortuguero
Average temperatures in Tortuguero vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the bottom 1 percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Tortuguero, the hottest months are September, June, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late September where highs are regularly around 87.9°F (31.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73.6°F (23.1°C) at night.
Tortuguero Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Tortuguero Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Tortuguero Perceived Temperature (F)
Tortuguero Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Tortuguero Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Tortuguero are September, August, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid to late September. For example, on the week of September 17th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid December with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.
When can you find snow in Tortuguero? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Tortuguero.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Tortuguero (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Tortuguero has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (70% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (76.2%).
Wind in Tortuguero is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by September and March. November’s average wind speed of around 5.7 knots (6.6 MPH or 10.6 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 10.6 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Tortuguero.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||4.9||Light breeze||9.7||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.1||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.4||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.2||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.1||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.2||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.1||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.4||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.3||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.7||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.2||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Tortuguero?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Costa Rica; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Tortuguero, Costa Rica is January, followed by February and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Tortuguero in September. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Tortuguero Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 87.3°F (30.7°C) and 84.3°F (29.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 10 to 12 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 9 to 14 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Tortuguero, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 87.9°F (31.1°C) and 83.5°F (28.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 14 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Tortuguero to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85°F (29.4°C) and 83.7°F (28.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 16 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.