Costa Rica is definitely having a moment right now.

And rightly so. With palm-fringed beaches, adrenaline-inducing activities, dense jungle, amazing wildlife, belching volcanoes, mysterious cloud forests and friendly locals, the Central American country has something for everyone. (Unless you’re a desert fan – you won’t find desolate swathes of scorching sand here.)

Despite being so close to the equator (it’s between eight and 12 degrees north) and having a year-round tropical climate, the varying microclimates mean that the weather conditions can change quite dramatically, depending on when – and where – you travel. There’s no such thing as summer and winter here either. Costa Rica has two predominant seasons: wet and dry