The Costa Rica Travel Blog is the current traveller, will-be traveller, has-been traveller, and should-be traveller's guide to everything Costa Rica. Information, stories, news, and advice written by the Pura Vida! eh? Inc. team; Costa Rican insiders, outsiders, and everywhere-in-between-siders.

Money And Spending In Costa Rica

I Am Flying Into Liberia (LIR). Is There A Bank At The Airport Or Where Is The Best Place To Exchange USD?

I Am Flying Into Liberia (LIR). Is There A Bank At The Airport Or Where Is The Best Place To Exchange USD?

You asked… I am flying into Liberia (LIR). Is there a bank at the airport or where is the best place to exchange USD? We answered… If you have decided to exchange USD (or your home country’s currency) into Costa Rican colones upon entry into […]

Spending in Costa Rica: USD, Colones, Credit Cards, & More!

Spending in Costa Rica: USD, Colones, Credit Cards, & More!

Rest assured, American travellers, USD is widely accepted throughout Costa Rica, as are Costa Rican colones. Unfortunately, CAD, Euros, and other foreign currencies are not accepted by most companies, with the exception of a handful of Costa Rican businesses with international owners who are not […]

Paying For Your Costa Rica Trip: What Is Normal, Common, And To Be Expected?

Paying For Your Costa Rica Trip: What Is Normal, Common, And To Be Expected?

Tourism operations in Costa Rica are all over the map, literally and figuratively speaking. Travellers can hike to volcano craters in the Central Valley, rappel down waterfalls in the Northern In-lands, surf the Pacific Coast, channel their inner rastafarian on the Caribbean Coast, and visit […]

Understanding The Practice Of Currency Exchange And Minimizing Loss: USD To Costa Rican Colon

Understanding The Practice Of Currency Exchange And Minimizing Loss: USD To Costa Rican Colon

Compared to other currency exchanges around the world, the USD to Costa Rican colon exchange is an easy one to learn and remember. Most travellers memorize the conversion and use it throughout their trip without the need for a calculator. The following is a sample […]

To Tip or Not To Tip (While On Vacation In Costa Rica) – That Is The Question!

To Tip or Not To Tip (While On Vacation In Costa Rica) – That Is The Question!

Should I tip? Who do I tip? How much do I tip? At Pura Vida! eh? Inc. we often receive requests from clients asking us to provide them with our recommendations for tipping in Costa Rica. This is difficult for us to do with confidence, as […]