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Costs of Things

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Costs of Things

I know this is a super broad topic, but in a typical bar in Tamarindo and surrounding area's what is a good price (USD) for things like beer, food, etc. I'm trying to figure out how much cash to carry. LIke a miller lite in NYC where I live is typically $5 at a bar, what does it run in Costa Rica. How do Colon's match up to the dollar?

Punta Uva, Costa...
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Beer from $1.50 to $3, typical casado lunch $5, nice dinner under $20.

Tamarindo, Costa...
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One dollar is about 560 colones... you can pay with credit card in most of the places and if you are exchanging money do it at the bank

Calgary, Canada
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There are ATM's in Tamarindo. We have used our Credit Card for most purchases. A nice meal can be bought for $20.00 but remember to add on your drinks, 10 per cent tip, and taxes.

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is there adifference in using u.s currency versus colones?

Grecia, Costa Rica
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Well try and do your shopping with colones as much as possible. Exchange dollars at banks only. When paying for things with dollars on the street you will often not get the banks exchange rate on the money you are using, This is legal and everyone does it. Hotels, restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores, everyone.

The only good exchange you will get is at the bank.



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Do the ATM's dispense US dollars or colones?

Tamarindo, Costa...
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I believe most of the ATMs now will give both.

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