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Capital: San Jose
Climate: Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands .
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Coordinates: 10 00 N, 84 00 W
Currency: National currency is the colon, however US dollars are widely accepted. US dollars and traveler's checks can be changed in banks and hotels. Most major credit cards are widely accepted, and cash advances can be obtained at banks around the country and a variety of places throughout San Jose. Need exchange rates? Try our currency converter.
Agriculture remains the basis of the national economy. However, tourism has earned more than any single export crop during the last few years, and the tourism industry continues to grow providing new employment opportunities, and stimulating the conservation of Costa Rica's complex biodiversity.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycle AC as in North America.
Official Language: Spanish is the official aknguage. Some English is spoken around Puerto Limon on the Caribbean coast.
Political Status: Democratic Republic
Population: 3,834,934 (July 2002 est.)