Currency

Costa Rican colón (₡)

US dollar ($)

Daily Costs

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

Midrange: US$40–100

  • 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

Bargaining

  • 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.

Money

Coopealianza has a 24-hour ATM on the Cirrus and Plus systems. Other banks will change US dollars and traveler's checks.