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Money and costs

Balboa (B/.)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 13, 2018 9:54AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$18
  • Dine on comida corriente (set meals US$7), visit markets and street stalls
  • Plan sightseeing via bus, DIY visits to beaches and waterfall hikes
  • Double room at a midrange hotel: US$60–130
  • Some fine dining, activities (snorkel rental or surf lessons) and regional flights
  • Car rental: per day US$50
Top end (more than)
  • Double room at a high-end hotel, resort or lodge: from US$130
  • Meal at a fine-dining restaurant: US$50
  • Guided trips with bilingual naturalist guides
  • Internal flights and 4WD rental

ATMs are readily available except in the most isolated places. Credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants and upscale hotels but may be problematic elsewhere.


  • Restaurants Tipping should be 10%, but check to see if it's included in the bill.

  • Taxis Tipping is optional, but you can round up a dollar or two, especially at night.

  • Guides It is customary to tip US$7 to US$10 per person for day tours; tip on the high end for naturalist guides.