Costa Rica's Telecommunications

If one has never been lucky enough to have visited beautiful Costa Rica, it might be difficult to imagine what types of systems of communications exist and how reliable they actually are. Many people have the idea that since Costa Rica is a third world countries it significantly lags behind developed nations in the area of technology, but this is simply not true.

Actually, Costa Rica is stated to have one of the best telecommuications infrastructures in Central America. A person can almost remain as connected as they are in their home country, although many people like to use the excuse when they are here that communications are rather unreliable so that they can unplug and have some down time in beautiful, tropical Costa Rica.

Global Telecommunication's convergence to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has caused Costa Rica to start fall behind other nations since the national Telecommunications company ICE has lagged in Investments.  Due to CAFTA-DR (Free Trade Agreement) ICE just recently had to allow competitors to enter the market.

If someone wants or needs to stay connected for personal or business reasons, they will have no problems as the above links to the appropriate services are readily avaiable in Costa Rica:

How to stay connected: To call or fax Costa Rica, dial the country code 506, cell phones now start with a 8 and land lines with a 2 before the 7 digit phone number desired.  There is also mail service, and an ample selection of courier services in San Jose. Most large hotels have cable television, with U.S. and European stations. Newspapers and magazines from North America and several European nations are sold in many shops and hotels in and around the capital.

Transportation: It is easy to get around Costa Rica, epecially with public transportion traveling within the country can be quite inexpensive. There is bus services to just about every town and city. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive, and in San Jose they are required to use meters for most trips. The quickest way to get around is to fly, and several domestic airlines offer daily flights to most of the popular tourist destinations.  There are also plenty of car rental agencies spread throughout the tourist concentrated regions of the country, most of which rent four-wheel-drive vehicles. To read more about transportation and providers click here.

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