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Costa Rica’s national currency is known as the colón (plural: colones), but dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas and other places around the country. But should you pay in dollars or colones? Where can you get the best exchange rates? (And where should you definitely not change money?) Will your ATM card work in Costa Rica? How about your credit cards? Read on for practical, factual answers.

  • Exchange Rate

    Exchange Rate

    The Costa Rican Colon is the official currency in this country. The name of this currency is in honor of Cristobal Colon (Admiral that discovered Costa Rica in 1502).

  • Colones


    Colones is the official currency in Costa Rica. The coin is named after Cristobal Columbus -the admiral that discovered Costa Rica in 1502, and was established in the first decades of the XX century. The design of the first coins...

  • Banks & ATM’s

    Banks & ATM’s

    The commercial banking sector in Costa Rica is a lot better - and more convenient - than it used to be, so follow these tips when you're out and about to ensure you're not left without your money:

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