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Jurmala is a city, with many nice beaches close to Riga, which is about 25 kilometres away. It has been a favourite place to relax and rest since the end of the Napoleonic war, when Russian soldiers went there to retire and recuperate after the conflict. Later when the Riga to Tukums train line was installed in 1877 it became a popular holiday destination for all and to this day is still visited by many people from the capital and other parts of the country, but less international visitors.
Jurmala's weather is influenced by the sea but still has much of the characteristics of a continental climate with relatively cold winters and warm summers.
Regular trains run from Riga to Jurmala. In the summer months some trains may be rather busy but do not worry as you will find ice cream sellers at the start of the journey from Riga.
It is very easy to reach Jurmala by car from all of Latvia but there is a 1L entrance fee into Jurmala.
You an find many micro buses from Riga to Jumala and buses that pass from Riga to Tukums.
There are some companies that sail from Riga to Jurmala.
|Balta Puce (White Owl)||Pilsonu street 7/9 Majori||hotel||-|
|Dzintara Liedags||Dzintaru pr. 48||guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Alba Jurmala||Darzu street 9||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Jurmala Spa||Jomas iela 47/49||Hotel||-|
|Resort Hotel DAINA||Mezsargu St 4/6||hotel||-|
|Riga Beach Hostel||50 Dzintaru pr.||Hostel||77|
|Sunset Hotel||Pilsonu iela 7/9||hotel||-|
Internet cafes in cities are popular and charge starting from 0.50L per hour. Free internet connections are available in all libraries. Free wifi is available in many cafes, libraries, and the Riga Airport. Most hotels will provide free wireless access spots for laptops.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Emergency numbers include 110 (police), 112 (fire), ambulance (113), but you can connect to all of them by using the general 112 number.
There are both fixed and mobile phone communications available in Latvia. The international telephone code for Latvia is +371 and all phone numbers (except for emergency numbers, some information numbers, hotlines etc.) consist of 8 digits. One should note that all mobile phone numbers start with "2", landline numbers start with "6".
For local communication, it is much cheaper to buy a local prepaid SIM card, which can include data as well as voice and text. These cards and separate renewal vouchers can be easily bought in gas stations, kiosks, or supermarkets. All brands are more or less equal in price and service. Popular brands include LMT, Tele2, and Bite. All prepaid SIM cards come with a manual in English, Russian, and Latvian.
To call from a public phone, you need a phone card (telekarte) which cost as little as €2. International calls are possible from every public phone.
Latvijas Pasts is the national postal service of the country and has relatively fast, affordable and reliable services. They have both mail and express mail service, domestically and internationally. Prices for international mail start at around 0.45L for postcards within Europe, 0.50L outside Europe, stamps for letters are slightly more expensive. It usually takes at least several days up to a week within Europe, but around 10 days to North America for example. Domestic services are faster of course, usually within 2 days. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, though large central post offices might keep slightly longer hours and can be open on Sunday sometimes. Latvian post boxes are colored yellow, and postage stamps can be bought in post offices or news-stands (kiosks). Specialized package services are provided as well by companies like DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS, among others.
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