Bride and groom sharing a beautiful moment on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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When is the best time of year to get married in Tamarindo Costa Rica?

This is a very easy answer – ANYTIME! The longer answer is it depends on your preference for either the Dry / Golden Season or the Lush / Rainy Season.

Dry season in Tamarindo:

Dry season is from the end of November to the end of April. It is ‘high season’, meaning you will pay a premium for accommodations and activities. In high season, Tamarindo is buzzing with tourists and sometimes the five minute drive through town will take over a half hour. Dry season is characterized with absolutely no rain, which is great for planning your wedding as you pretty much will be guaranteed sunny weather any day of the week. However, no rain for months means a very dry landscape (Tamarindo is located in what is called a Tropical Dry Forest). In addition, March and April are the hottest months in Tamarindo, with temperatures in the high 90s to over 100 degrees. With the high temperatures and intense sun (Tamarindo is located 10 degrees above the equator), if you plan a dry season wedding, make sure to pick wedding a wedding dress and groom’s attire that will not have you both overheating as soon as you step outside!

Wedding Photographer in Savannah, Georgia. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.


Rainy season in Tamarindo:

Rainy season is from the beginning of May to the end of November. Rainy season is defined with a passing rain shower and a very lush landscape. Since rainy season is in ‘low season’, Tamarindo is much quieter (less tourists) and prices of accommodation tend to be lower. Rainy season also produces some of the most beautiful sunsets in Costa Rica, with dramatic clouds and magical colors. Temperatures during rainy season are also much more pleasant (low to high 80s), but sometimes pretty humid. The one downside to rainy season is the unpredictable nature of the rain. Since there isn’t a local weather forecasting service (no Doppler Radar), it is almost impossible to predict the rain a couple days out, nonetheless a couple hours before your wedding! If you plan a rainy season wedding, make sure to have a plan B in case of a passing downpour – – a tent, covered area, and/or umbrellas! In addition, September and October are the rainiest months in Tamarindo. The percentages of rain are much higher; my first trip to Tamarindo was during the month of October and I saw the sun once during my week trip. Some weeks are much rainier than others, it’s all about luck!

Beautiful photo of groom kissing his bride on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me – – I’m happy to help! If you’ve gotten married on the beach in Costa Rica, share your tips by commenting below!

Pura Vida,

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What is the best time of year to get married in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Helpful tips to your Costa Rica wedding by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.