The Northern Mountains

Jungles, waterfalls, adventure, volcanoes

Cloud forests and lush jungle are the best way to describe the Northern Mountain region of Costa Rica.

This area is made for adventure lovers from zip-lining to white water rafting. 

The two main tourist towns in this region (Monteverde and La Fortuna) are both amazing places for all travel styles. 

Map Of The Northern Mountains

The northern mountain area of Costa Rica is big, but most of the region is small towns, jungles, and forests. 

The most popular towns for tourists are by far Monteverde and La Fortuna. 

Northern Mountains Weather

The dry season and main tourism season in Costa Rica is from late December until late April. During this time of year you can expect crowds and higher prices in this area. 

However, this area can be a bit cooler and more unpredictable than other parts of the country. This especially applies if you are visiting Monteverde.

From May until August prices go down a bit, the crowds go home, and the weather turns somewhat rainy.

You can expect afternoon rainstorms to last about one to two hours. 

Rarely will there be a full day of rain (except in Monteverde where rain is always on the forecast).

From August until December prices usually get even lower. At this time of year, you are more likely to experience rainy days.

The temperature year-round is usually in the upper 80°F (around 30°C) during the day and dips to about  65° F (19°C) at night.

Year-round the sun rises between 5:15 and 5:45am and sets between 5:30 and 6:00pm. 

Keep in mind, that in La Fortuna it is nice to visit when the weather is decent so that you can get a great view of the Arenal Volcano. 

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Northern Mountains Transportation

There are multiple transportation options to get to and around in the Northern Mountains.

We usually suggest renting a car because it will give you the most flexibility in getting around between locations and it will allow you to explore more on your own.

You can book your rental car with a 10% discount plus other great perks here. 

Keep in mind that it is best to rent an SUV with good clearance and during the rainy season you may want a 4×4. Roads are hilly and curvy here. Near Monteverde, there are several unpaved roads. 

However, if you are planning on staying at a resort or plan to mostly take day tours with transportation included, it is most likely not necessary to rent a car. 

In this situation, you could opt for a private shuttle.

You can book your private shuttle with our favorite shuttle company here

If you are on a tight budget, the public bus is always an option. Here is the best place for the bus schedule.  

Fun Northern Mountains Activities

All the Northern Mountain Destinations

La Fortuna is a popular jungle destination that is made for adventure. Here you can zip line, go white water rafting, swim under a waterfall, and more!

Monteverde is the perfect place for a unique cloud forest adventure. We love this spot for moody days, hiking, and zip lining!

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