Plentiful rain falls on most of Costa Rica.
The Caribbean side of the country receives heavy rainfall (as much as 3,048 mm/120 in), evenly distributed through the year.
The Pacific slope has both regional and seasonal variability.
Golfito, near the Panamanian border, has an average annual rainfall of 4,700 mm (185 in) and no dry season.
Puntarenas, near the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwest, receives just 1,450 mm (57 in) and has a dry season lasting from November through April.
The capital receives abundant rain from June through October.
Costa Rica's natural vegetation reflects its rainfall and temperature patterns. Tropical temperatures and high rainfall produce large areas of tropical rain forest on the Caribbean side.
Great beauty and tremendous biological diversity make the rain forest a national treasure.
Drier conditions along the Pacific side cause a mixture of tropical, semideciduous forest and tropical scrub forest.

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