Surfing Costa Rica
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Location: Middle America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Coordinates: 10 00 N, 84 00 W
Coastline: 1,290 km
Language: Spanish (official), English
Safety: There is no history of terrorism in Costa Rica, however there are incidents of violent crime, occasionally targeting tourists. There has been an increase in attacks on tourists leaving the airport in hired cars in San Jose. Belongings should be watched carefully at all times and in all places, particularly in bus stations and on public transport. Theft of, and from, cars is common. Do not wear jewellery or carry large amounts of cash and avoid street moneychangers. Strikes, protests and blockades have recently taken place without warning and further demonstrations could disrupt travel on main roads, particularly those connecting San Jose with the coast.
Communications: The international access code for Costa Rica is +506. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City codes are not required. Costa Rica has one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in Latin America. Mobile phone operators use AMPS, TDMA and GSM 1800 networks. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.
Climate : Costa Rica has a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. In the central upland areas the climate is more temperate. Average annual precipitation is 3,300 mm (130 inches) and rainfall patterns vary from region to region. Average temperature ranges in San Jose are from 14 to 24 degrees Celsius (57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) in December to 17 to 27 degrees Celsius (63 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit) in May.