Money-Currency in Costa Rica Print e-mail this info
Costa Rica's currency, the colón (colones plural) currently exchanges at around ¢520 per US dollar. If you think of a ¢5,000 note as ten, and ¢10,000 as twenty-dollar bills you'll be right on.

Costa Rican 5 colón note
The 5 colón note bears a beautiful mural depicting coffee harvesting and exporting on one face and the national flower of Costa Rica on the other. This denomination would only be worth about one cent and is no longer in circulation. However, you can still see the mural if you visit the National Theater.

Until September of 2006 the currency devalued against the dollar consistently for decades at a rate of about one colón per week. Since September of 2006 the exchange rate has been artificially locked at about ¢520 to the dollar

Many prices for tourists are posted in US dollars.

Read about the best ways to access, carry and spend your money in Costa Rica

 


 

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