Santa Elena, Costa Rica: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Santa Elena, Costa Rica? If you're planning to go to Santa Elena, we've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Based on the climate and weather in Santa Elena, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

Important essentials for Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Santa Elena, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection you can have.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly option.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks aren't sold for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently become worn. An unreadable vaccination card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent choice.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Santa Elena, Costa Rica by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you vacation in Santa Elena during January, you might notice that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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February

If you visit Santa Elena during February, you are likely to notice that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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March

If you vacation in Santa Elena during March, you may notice that it is unbearably hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (low 20s C).

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April

April is scorchingly hot. Temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

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May

If you vacation in Santa Elena during May, you may see that it is blindingly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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June

June in Santa Elena is really hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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July

If you vacation in Santa Elena during July, you might see that it is really hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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August

If you visit Santa Elena during August, you will probably find that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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September

If you go to Santa Elena in September, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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October

Traveling to Santa Elena in October, you will notice that it can be very hot. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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November

November in Santa Elena is extremely hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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December

December in this region can be very hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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