The Colon (¢) currency National of Costa Rica. His name is in honor of Admiral Christopher Columbus. His symbol is ₡.
1 ₡ = 100 cents
Coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 500 and bills of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 colones are in circulation but coins of 1, 2, 5 and 10 colones are being withdrawn and will change soon the tickets for some of modern design with greater security and simple handling even for the blind.
It is advisable to change the strictly necessary money and verify before starting the trip through the websites of the National banks the current value of the Colon. In October 2009 the approximate equivalences are:
$ 570 = $ 1
₡ 870 = € 1
Most of the banks perform Change of foreign exchange whenever they are Dollars or Euros, but we will hardly change another type of currency. It is advisable and safer to change the currency in banks.
The banking hours are from 08.30 to 17.00 hours in continuous day from Monday to Friday. There is also an evening service from 3 pm to 6 pm.
But in any case we can pay in Dollars, or with the Credit cards internationals that are accepted in most shops throughout the country.