I’m staring out of the window of the shop facing a big black cloud. This means the rain is on its way; rainy season has started. Here in Playas del Coco May through November is considered the rainy season with October and November known for particularly heavy rainfall. We had some early rain already so far this year and have broken out the water pump and blocked the rain pipes to stop the shop from flooding.
For anyone caught in the tropical rainy season, keep these tips in mind:
- Raincoat and Umbrella. A lightweight, durable rain coat is a must! Especially on the boats. It’s fairly uncomfortable ending a dive in wind and rain to have nothing to keep you sheltered and dry.
- Footwear: Flip flops flip mud all over the back of the legs and having wet feet everyday leads to nasty skin conditions. The locals wear boots and socks so invest in some good footwear.
- Spare clothes: Pack an extra pair of clothes in your bag, at the very least pack a small towel. You can always throw off your wet, dirty clothes for a dry pair and look good as new.
- Waterproof bags: Ziplock bags and trash bags will become your best friend. If you need to travel with any electronic items – computer, camera, iPod – then you will not want to leave home without some waterproof bags. In addition dry bags are a great idea for heavy rain, a 20 litre will hold a lap top, camera, phone and much more!
- Flashlights and Candles: It’s not just rain but also powerful storms that occur during the rainy season. Power outages are common during this time so have a flashlight or candles handy. Power may not be repaired for several hours, so be prepared.
- Mosquito’s: Mozzies love wet season and dengue is a real threat during these months, especially if you have any pools of still stagnant water near by. Use mosquito nets, repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers. Mosquito coils (for burning) are a good deterrent and are really cheap to buy.
- Entertain yourself: Stock up on books, movies and games during the rainy season. When you’re not in the mood to confront the harsh deluges for a night out, you’ll need to find other sources of entertainment.
Rainy season also sees the region of Guanacaste turn green, so enjoy the lush scenery and take advantage of a break from the heat of the dry season!