Topography for Development
Costa Rica is one of highest valued tourist destinations on the planet. This small piece of land includes all of the necessary components to satisfy the taste of thousands of travelers visiting each year. The city of Tamarindo only has an elevation of 174ft above sea level. The subject acreages are on a slight slope which will allow for water run off during the wet season.
Although Tamarindo is mostly dry, rainfall in our area of Costa Rica is caused by the local topography. The humid air blows off the Pacific and onto Costa Rica. Once the air collides with the air on the beach the difference in temperature can often cause showers. Yet this is only the beginning. The air coming off the Caribbean on the other side of the country also creates showers but then continues farther into the country. It begins climbing the foothills and mountains. As it reaches higher and closer to the peak of the mountains the air becomes cooler and because cool air can’t hold as much water the vapor it condenses falls, creating even more precipitation. These slopes become the wettest area in Costa Rica, getting an average of 4,000mm per year. Once the air reaches the top and begins to descend down the pacific slopes the air becomes very dry, losing its moisture to the other side.
The months Tamarindo gets a dry season are about November through. This is a great time for developers to construct and finish in a timely manner. The dry season is also caused by Costa Rica’s Topography. The warm, moist air blowing in from the Caribbean (explained above) loses most of its moisture after crossing over the Corderellas (mountains). These dry winds blow down the pacific slopes, drying out everything in its path. With the low moisture few clouds form to block the hot sun and the winds coming down the slopes push back any moist winds from the Pacific that bring showers (described above), therefore causing dry climate.