- Central Pacific Coast
- Northwest Costa Rica
- Puerto Limon
- San Jose Costa Rica
- The Caribbean Lowlands
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 and travellers cheques can be exchanged in banks and many hotels. Banks charge a service fee for cashing travellers cheques and currency other than US$ is difficult to exchange. Using black market exchange options is risky as they have been known to pass on counterfeit bills printed in Colombia. Banks close anywhere from 3pm to 6pm. 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||A$ 0.19||A$ 1.89||A$ 18.89||A$ 188.87||A$ 1,888.74|
|Canada||C$ 0.20||C$ 1.99||C$ 19.87||C$ 198.66||C$ 1,986.58|
|Ireland||€ 0.15||€ 1.54||€ 15.37||€ 153.69||€ 1,536.86|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 0.25||NZ$ 2.45||NZ$ 24.52||NZ$ 245.19||NZ$ 2,451.86|
|South Africa||R 1.65||R 16.45||R 164.50||R 1,645.01||R 16,450.11|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.13||£ 1.27||£ 12.71||£ 127.08||£ 1,270.76|
|United States of America||US$ 0.19||US$ 1.95||US$ 19.45||US$ 194.51||US$ 1,945.15|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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