Peak Season in Manuel Antonio
In dramatic contrast to the green season in Costa Rica is the Peak Season—namely, Christmas and New Years weeks. Hotels, condos and vacation rental homes fill up months in advance, and prices are often double the green season rates. The most popular vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio are reserved well before the rest. Properties such as the two beach vacation rental homes are impossible to book unless you are planning a year or so in advance. Last minute deals all but cease to exist.
Not coincidentally, the ‘high season’ in Costa Rica coincides with both the coldest months in North America AND the dry season in Costa Rica. January and February are idyllic months in that the weather is sunny and gorgeous every day, while still well before the oppressive heat of March and April.
So when should you book your vacation rental?
If you’re looking at the peak season, then book as early as you can in order to get your pick of the best vacation rental villas and condos. If you’re looking at coming down around spring break, it’s also important to book well ahead of time. Outside of Christmas and New Years, the most popular months are February & March, with April and July being close runner-ups.
Nearly as important as securing your vacation rental property is booking your services and tours in Manuel Antonio. While some tours, such as canopy tours, catamaran tours or rafting, tend to be plentiful, others can fill up weeks before the peak dates. Some examples of these are Vacation Buggy (booked already for Christmas and New Years weeks), boat rentals, and the Nauyaca waterfall tour.
Services, too, book up quickly. Car rentals can be hard to come by last-minute during the high season, and generally cost more. Chef services may be hard to come by—or you may get the ‘leftovers’, so to speak. Even photographers and massage therapists start to turn down business.
So be sure to plan ahead if you are coming during the peak or high season! There are some amazing things to do and see in and around Manuel Antonio, but if you wait until the last minute, you may find the only option is to have Jaime’s cousin Bruno cooking rice and beans for your family, his little sister Berta as your massage therapist, and grandfather Reinaldo as your tour guide!
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