Costa Rica Currency


The Costa Rican Colón (CRC) is divided into 100 céntimos and is the official currency, although US Dollars are also widely accepted. US Dollars can be exchanged in banks and many hotels, but currency other than US Dollars is difficult to exchange. Using black market exchange options is risky as these unofficial outlets have been known to pass on counterfeit bills printed in Colombia. Banks close anywhere from 3pm to 4pm. Major credit cards are widely accepted, although American Express and Diners Club might be more limited. ATMs are available in major towns throughout the country, but it is advisable to always have some local cash handy.

Currency Exchange Rates

Costa Rica CRC 100 CRC 1,000 CRC 10,000 CRC 100,000 CRC 1,000,000
Australia AUD 0.24 AUD 2.37 AUD 23.74 AUD 237.43 AUD 2,374.30
Canada CAD 0.24 CAD 2.40 CAD 23.99 CAD 239.87 CAD 2,398.66
Ireland EUR 0.16 EUR 1.58 EUR 15.83 EUR 158.35 EUR 1,583.46
New Zealand NZD 0.25 NZD 2.53 NZD 25.27 NZD 252.67 NZD 2,526.70
South Africa ZAR 2.29 ZAR 22.93 ZAR 229.27 ZAR 2,292.67 ZAR 22,926.69
United Kingdom GBP 0.14 GBP 1.37 GBP 13.70 GBP 136.95 GBP 1,369.52
United States of America USD 0.18 USD 1.78 USD 17.78 USD 177.84 USD 1,778.37

Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

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