Money-Getting it, Carrying it and Spending it in Costa Rica Print e-mail this info
How to Use Money—A Good General Plan for Combining Cards, Traveler's Checks and Cash.  The best way to access your funds while traveling in Costa Rica depends on your budget, length of stay, current credit card debt, and mathematical ability.
 
Get the most for your money with a good general plan including three parts.

First, pack a couple of day's worth of cash or traveler's checks away from your day-to-day money supply as emergency funds. If you only have exactly enough money to cover your trip, spend this reserve over the last few days (see details below).

Second, keep the bulk of your funds in your checking account at home (or with you as American Express US dollar traveler's checks if you don't mind standing in line at the bank). Withdraw enough colones to cover three to six days at a time from ATMs (See ATM tips below) using your debit card (or cash enough traveler's checks at the bank)

Third, use credit cards for major purchases (when no cash discount is offered) and emergencies. (See details below).

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