Costa Rica climate varies greatly from one part of the country to another, but one thing is certain through the entire country – it gets a lot of rain.
This Central American nation of more than 4.5 million people is a popular tourist destination in large part because it is so wet.
The heavy rainfall results in lush rain forests, which make the country a leading eco tourist destination that attracts 2 million visitors a year or nearly half of the country's total population.
Although weather conditions do vary quite a bit through the country, there are two basic climates – warmer Caribbean and Pacific coasts and a cooler mountainous interior.
Puerto Limon on the Caribbean coast is a popular stop for western Caribbean cruises.
It has an average high temperature ranged from 84 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months to 87 degrees during the summer, according to the World Weather Organization.
These daytime temperatures are consistently warm and change little from month to month.
But nighttime temperatures are cooler than the typical Caribbean location and range from the high 60s in the winter to the low 70s for the rest of the year.
San Jose in the interior is quite a bit cooler with average high temperatures ranging from the mid to high 70s each month.
Nighttime temperatures drop into the high 50s during the winter and barely make it into the low 60s during most of the year.
Puntarenas is a popular stop for large cruise ships on the Pacific coast.
It is much warmer than the other two destinations with average high temperatures ranging from the high 80s in early winter to the low and even the mid 90s in late winter and early spring.
Nighttime temperatures stay in the low to mid 70s.
Costa Rica weather is wet even during the dry season.
A dry season for Puerto Limon is eight inches of rain in March and October and six inches in September, the months of the year with the lowest rainfall.
Total rain reaches a high of 18 inches in December.
San Jose has more of an actual dry season in the winter and early spring with total rainy hitting a low point of less than one inch in January through March.
Rain picks up during the summer and then hits a high of 13 inches in September and October.
Puntarenas has a dry season similar to San Jose.
Also like San Jose, rain start to climb in the spring and reaches about 12 inches in September and October.