Currency Exchange: The currency of Costa Rica is the colon (CRC). The plural is colones. The cash exchange rate for US dollars nowadays is around 500 CRC = 1 USD. For euros, it's about 680 CRC to 1 EUR.
Once you arrive in Costa Rica and are ready to exchange cash, resist the temptation to do so at the San Jose or Liberia airports. The exchange rate will likely not be the best.
As an alternative, exchange currency at local banks. The best thing to do is visit the state banks, particularly Banco Nacional or Banco de Costa Rica, which will give you the best rates. (Keep in mind banks are open Monday to Friday.) The majority of hotels exchange cash too although the rate will likely be lower and they also may charge a fee (around 1%)...read more »