Costa Rica weather is predictably unpredictable, so it can rain at any time no matter where you are in the country. There are however annual patterns which you can plan travel around to maximize your odds of taking advantage of the best weather. The country is home to twelve distinct climate zones and literally hundreds of microclimate pockets. The climate zones are generally divided by factors such as elevation, distance to the coast, seasonal patterns and forest cover. The zones range from coastal mangroves, to tropical rainforest, to near desert like conditions, to cloud forest. Each of these pockets is capable of producing unique weather patterns and can be as close as a few kilometers apart.
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