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Are the bugs really bad on the Caribbean side? and is the western coast a better place to...

Are the bugs really bad on the Caribbean side? and is the western coast a better place to visit when it comes to rain? We are thinking about a beach house in Limon and any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
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     asked this on May 01, 2008 at 10:56 AM
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The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is a real gem, and I highly recommend it. It has a decidedly slower pace than the rest of the country (though nothing moves terribly fast in CR in general), complete with an authentic Rasta vibe.
The conventional wisdom is that rainy season (also called the green season) is from May to mid-November. Then comes the dry season (and the high tourist season). The Caribbean Coast, however, doesn't always play by these rules. The Limon area actually gets less rain in September/October than does the rest of the country.
I last visited the Caribbean coast at the end of the dry season (in March), and I honestly didn't get bitten by a single mosquito. We had no issues with bugs. On the other hand, a friend of mine went near the end of the wet season (October) and had to deal with lots of mosquitoes and other annoying pests.
With a little good timing, I think you'll be fine. Also, Limon is ok, but there are much better destinations on the coast. Consider going a little south of Limon near Cahuita or Puerto Viejo. Punta Uva and Manzanillo (near Puerto Viejo) are two of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
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     answered this on May 16, 2008 at 08:51 AM
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