Does Costa Rica accept U.S. dollars?

December 15, 2016 pacificlearningcenter

You may use dollars most anywhere in Costa Rica.  The local currency is colones.  The exchange rate varies… today it is 555 colones  is equal to $1.  Popular denominations and dollar equivalents are: 1000c =$1.80 , 2000 c = $3.60, 5000 c = $9.00 and 10,000 = $18.00

Your bank debit or ATM card works fine in the ATM’s (cajeros automáticos) but the closest bank is in Jicaral… about a 45 min drive) The local markets (mercados) take credit cards with your identification.