Costa Rican colón (₡)
US dollar ($)
Budget: Less than US$40
- Dorm bed: US$8–15
- Meal at a soda (inexpensive eatery): US$3–7
- DIY hikes without a guide: free
- Travel via local bus: US$2 or less
- Basic room with private bathroom: US$20–50 per day
- Meal at a restaurant geared toward travelers: US$5–12
- Travel on an efficient 1st-class shuttle van like Interbus: US$50–60
Top End: More than US$100
- Luxurious beachside lodges and boutique hotels: from US$80
- Meal at an international fusion restaurant: from US$20
- Guided wildlife-watching excursion: from US$40
- Short domestic flight: US$50–100
- 4WD rental for local travel: from US$60 per day
- A high standard of living along with a stream of international tourist traffic means that the Latin American tradition of haggling is uncommon in Costa Rica.
- Negotiating prices at outdoor markets is acceptable, as is bargaining when arranging informal tours or hiring long-distance taxis.
For cash, there are ATMs along the main Av Pastor Díaz, though the best rates will be found at the big branches like Banco Popular.