Rain, rain, go away?

I love the rain. Maybe it’s the nine years I spent living in Florida, but to me, nothing beats a hot shower in the tropics. So when my insane work schedule made it so that my last Costa Rica adventure landed during the tail end of rainy season, I didn’t bat an eye. Obviously, it was sort of a buzzkill when it rained during my one boat day, but we didn’t let it stop us. And the beach here in Guiones proved that stormy weather can be absolutely beautiful. I’ve collected some of my favorite photos that show off the wet weather. This first one here is the Club at Coco Bay, a beautiful beach club that just recently opened to the public. One minute we were sunning ourselves in the searing hot sun, the next we were grabbing our towels and running for cover, as the sky tore open. I thought it was beautiful, all part of the Costa Rica adventure. I love how the rain makes everything so green — none of that lushness exists long after the rains have stopped for the year, usually in November. Instead of “summer” and “winter,” Ticos enjoy “wet season,” “windy season,” (which affects all sports and tourism at the beginning of each year) and then dry season again until about September.

After rain, the bay at Coco is so beautiful. You probably can’t see it, but there are still the faint remnants of a rainbow just left of center — that thing stretched the entire sky. But the colors in this photo made it my favorite.


Lisa, who owns a fishing boat that you can rent here, told me exactly what these boys were fishing for — in what is no more than a foot of water, available only after the rains. But now I forget.


Back down in Guiones, the rains made the beach so wet and pretty on our first day.I love when nature delivers running water.


This is actually the first time I’ve seen this bridge when it’s not six feet or so high over dry sand. (When I lived there during rainy season, which was extremely mild that year, I don’t think I would have ventured down there…) At the end of the bridge? A locals favorite watering hole, La Vida Loca. So that bridge is very important!

I find it hard to take rain photos with my point and shoot, because the grey sky always ruins it! But I hope you get the idea.

Do you like the rain?

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  1. These photos make rain look so attractive, but after a week with heavy rain in Denmark, I think your love for that kind of weather would be cured:)

  2. Haha warm rain only, please!!

  3. I guess I don’t mind rain so much….being a gardener I know how critical it can be. Whenever I see pics like these, it makes me feel solemn…quiet….as if everything in the past is being washed away. I like new beginnings.

  4. Yes, so peaceful! That nature feeling and smell can’t be explained. I also think they are new beginnings. πŸ™‚

  5. I’ll take rain to get THAT kind of sunset. Amazing!!!

  6. What I like most of rainy days is the smell you get right before it poors… wherever you are you’d think you are in a jungle or forrest…

  7. I love that kind of rain. Short bouts of rain and the humidity that follows are wonderful. It’s the rain that lasts for months that I can’t stand.
    I think you’ve done a great job with your point and shoot. The pictures look great!

  8. Beautiful, huh? Gives me hope in new beginnings, just like Renee said. πŸ™‚

  9. I was about to say… I’ve never seen water under that bridge and we were there in Oct!

  10. Right? It was crazy! They got a lot of rain really late in the season…

  11. That first sunset picture is incredible! I’m not a fan of rain, but I suppose I’d settle for one rainy afternoon in paradise for a sunset like that.

  12. That first photo of the sunset is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I LOVE rain in tropics. It is warming, comforting … reminds me of home on the East Coast. πŸ™‚

  13. When I was in school for photojournalism, all the instructors swore that a rainy or cloudy day were best for photography. I still don’t agree. Although it is harder to shoot, in my mind, nothing beats seeing blue skies especially when it comes to travel photos. I do love how a sunset looks after the rain though, as you beautifully captured.

  14. Diana, I also find it comforting. The rainshowers here in Vegas are too speedy to enjoy! Right when I settle in with a glass of red wine or something, bam, they’re over.

    Fidel, the “harder to shoot” idea is key. I need to hone my photo skills!

  15. Not at the beach, I don’t! =)

  16. Ah warm rain! Reminds me of my years in South Carolina! Can’t say I miss it now that I am in California but the clouds can create some beautiful photos! And yes, I know those rainy days in Florida too! Love the sunset and colors here!

  17. I like the rain when it’s warm, and I can sit on a covered balcony and just listen. I hate it when I have to go out in it though.

  18. Warm rain makes me so happy — but not when it ruins a beach day. πŸ™‚

  19. Great pictures! The darkness and the glow of the sunset in the second picture is amazing!

    Did you remember what they were fishing for yet?

  20. I love stormy days every once in a while — they can be very exciting. Your photos are great – especially like the first one of Coco Bay after the rain – beautiful!

  21. Gorgeous photos Abby, I also like how rain makes cobblestone look so shiny, especially at night. Some of my favourite photos are after the rain.

  22. Yes, I love how rain makes everything so shiny and clean-looking!

  23. Love the rain – as long as it doesn’t mess up my plans! Pretty shots!

  24. I love the rain too- and I totally feel that living in Florida and having late afternoon showers every day in the summer are apart of that. I love the bridge photo and of course the sunset ones are so pretty!

  25. I actually don’t mind a little rain, it’s the heavy stuff that bounces 2 feet off my head that I have issues with. Fantastic pics, wishing you a Happy Christmas.

  26. I can see the remnants of the rainbow! I like rain too, depending on the place I am in when it rains. When it rains in Buenos Aires the streets flood and itΒ΄s awful.

  27. Cold rain is the worst! And big city rain. Yuck.

  28. Not to worry, you took some great photos and I totally get the idea. I live where it rains often. But its not like in the tropics where you can actually smell the rain in the atmosphere and where you can actually hear thunder and actually see the lightening. Rain may be a buzz kill if you have plans, but for me nothing much beats a lazy day with something warm to drink and just watching the heavy flow of water as it hits the ground. And besides, I always love seeing a rainbow.

  29. We actually had really beautiful weather during our very brief stint in Costa Rica, but afterward in Roatan, it was some of the worst rain I’ve seen in my life–or at least in the past three years since the last time I was in Roatan and it monsooned on us for 16 days!

  30. These are beautiful. Congratulations on getting good rainy day shots. It is such a challenge!

  31. What a sunset! I don’t really like rain cause we get so darn much of it in Pittsburgh but it looks refreshing in Costa Rica!

  32. Great pics πŸ™‚ wow you are skiled with art πŸ™‚

  33. Aw thank you, Marko!!

  34. This pictures are just amazing!
    Looks beautiful! πŸ™‚

  35. not a fan of rain, at all!!! but for some reason whenever i go on vacation, it is ALWAYS raining.

  36. I like the rain but i don’t like being caught out in it! πŸ™‚

  37. I quite like rain, unless it’s very cold and hits your face like little ice-picks. Makes for great photos, though – warm or cold.

  38. Ice picks on your face sounds awful!!

  39. I love the shininess after a good rain. Pretty pics!

  40. I’m not crazy about the rain, but I love these photos. And I love what a landscape looks like after the rain, when the sun comes out, and there is still moisture glistening off everything.

  41. They are cozy, right? I wish I had a better camera to capture the glistening…

  42. I like the rain when I’m either at home or on an extended stay, and do some people watching in a cosy cafΓ©. But rain during a 2-3 days getaway? Worst thing ever.

  43. These photos are gorgeous! I especially love the sunset on the beach. So serene!

  44. Serene is definitely right — the wetness in the air sort of weighs everything down and makes you calm.

  45. I need to go with you on your next trip to Costa Rica! Looks amazing πŸ™‚

  46. That’d be amazing…

  47. I loved the rain when I was in Costa Rica. I was there in August – November (several years ago) and it would rain heavily for exactly 2 hours every day between 1 and 3 pm. It was awesome!

  48. Lovely photos and scenery πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed them!

  49. Me likey Costa Rica! Even if it is raining, it’s a splendid place to visit!

  50. I LOVE the rain! πŸ™‚ Especially deliciously warm tropical ones. πŸ™‚ I remember going for a walk in Fiji one day and getting caught in an absolute downpour. It was WONDERFUL!!! πŸ™‚

  51. Beautiful! The colors in the photo with the rainbow were gorgeous! I miss monsoon days in Hong Kong. We’d just go to a bar for hours or play mah jong.

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