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What currency is used in Costa Rica

The national currency of Costa Rica is the colón (CRC), but US dollars are used and accepted pretty everywhere. This means Costa Rica is effectively a two-currency country. 

One unit of currency is a Colón, but that’s really really little (like, $0.0016!), so you’ll normally hear the currency described as colones, which is the plural. You pronounce Colon as “COL-ON” and colones more like “COL-ON-AYS”.

The prices in supermarkets and bars will usually be in colones, but if you ask to pay in USD the cashier will usually get a calculator out to plug in the exchange rate and let you know how much you’ll need to pay in dollars. Even if you pay in dollars you’ll usually get your change back in colones. (borrowed content) 

How much does it cost to travel to Costa Rica?

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Currency in Costa Rica