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Agriculture is an important part of Costa Rica's economy.

Coffee has historically been the country's most important crop, and Costa Rica continues to produce some of the best coffee in the world, but in recent years less traditional crops have been playing an increasingly important economic role.

The banana is the second most important export crop, with vast plantations covering parts of the Caribbean lowlands, but there is also significant land dedicated to to such things as pineapples, sugar, oranges, rice, cattle, hardwoods and ornamental plants.

Though agriculture remains an important part of the national economy, the tourism industry continues to grow, providing new employment opportunities, and stimulating the conservation of the biodiversity that visitors want to see.

It's easy to get around in Costa Rica, and if you stick with public transport, traveling within the country can be quite inexpensive. There is bus service to just about every town and city, and buses that serve main tourist destinations are of high quality. Taxis are also 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, most of which rent four-wheel-drive vehicles.


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