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Electricity is available in all but the most remote areas. Many remote places not serviced by the utility company have local generators.
Although not the "official" holiday that Mother's Day is, Father's Day is celebrated nonetheless on the second Sunday in June.
Clothes, appliances and imported goods are generally significantly higher than in the States, due to high import taxes. Food costs are less than in the States. Import duties on autos are near 100%. Other things aren't that bad--computer equipment is now taxed at ten to fifteen percent.
The basic phone rate is about US$5.00 per month, but you pay for all calls you make. If you spend time on the Internet, you might expect to pay US$30 per month or more, plus the Internet charge of US$1.00 per hour (minimum charge for internet connection is $30 per month for 30 hours).
Electricity is about seven cents per Kwh. Most houses don't have air conditioning nor is it usually necessary except in the coastal areas.