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Capital: San Jose
Languages: Spanish and English
Currency: Costa Rican Colon. They run two currencies here. The Costa Rican Colon and the US dollar both are accepted.
Time Zone: Standard Time -0600 UTC
Power: 120 V, 60 Hz
Climate: The climate in Costa Rica varies on where you are. On the Caribbean side it is extremely hot and humid, the center in the mountains is wonderfully cool and the Pacific side of Costa Rica is tropical, so warm and humid.
Glide through the rain-forest
If you are planning a vacation to Costa Rica, take the time to travel the Sarapiki (pronouned Sarapiqui) River. You can travel on the Sarapiki out to the Caribbean coast, or to Lake Nicaragua. While traveling this rain forest waterway, you will see many exotic birds and monkeys, an interesting display of reptiles and bats and maybe a sloth or two. The lush forest is also home to a large variety of plants and flowers never seen outside a tropical setting.
This peaceful, exotic ride on the Sarapiki has the feel of the Costa Rican motto, Pura Vida, which loosely translates into: "all things good in life".
If you don't want to venture out on your own there are many guided tours offered and the prices are a good value. Check with your hotel concierge or travel agent.
Pura Vida, my friends!