How to change money in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s national currency is known as the colon, but dollars are common in tourist areas and other places throughout the country. This means you don’t have to spend a lot of time converting your cash into Costa Rican columns before you can start shopping.
Currency can be exchanged at any bank, specialized exchange offices and at the airport. The US dollar is preferred everywhere; currencies of other countries are much more difficult to exchange. The most favorable rate is offered by banks. It is not recommended to change money on the street – there is a high risk of fraud.
Banks usually work from 8.30-9.00 to 15.00-17.00 on weekdays (some branches work until 18-19 hours), and from 9.00 to 14.00 on Saturday. Banks are closed on Sunday. Banks may operate slightly differently in some coastal areas.
Credit cards of all leading world payment systems are accepted for payment in large hotels and shops. Credit card ATMs are usually located in bank offices and supermarkets in major cities.