Currency & Banks
The national currency is the Colón (¢). Dollars and traveller’s checks can be exchanged at banks and hotels. Banks open from 9am-3pm from Mondays to Fridays. Some banks are open till 6pm while others operate on Saturdays until noon. Exchange rates fluctuate daily so be sure to check first. Traveller’s checks in US dollars are preferred as other currencies are rarely accepted. Major credit cards are commonly honoured in most business establishments but remote businesses require payments in local currency. ATM is available in most cities and towns with bank offices.
GMT/UTC minus 6 hours Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time Zone, six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and one hour behind the Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
Public Services In Costa Rica, public services are accessible in almost every region of the country. Some of the principal services are:
Operator Assistance For international calls is 116, local information is 113 and long distance is 124. Direct dial service is available to most countries.
Electricity 110 volts. 60 Hertz.
Water Drinkable almost everywhere in the country. Tap water is safe to drink however precautions should be taken in more remote areas.
Telephones A network of public telephones covers the country, and if you can’t find one, you will find a managed phone, where you can call and pay the administrator for the time you talk. Modern telephone, facsimile, telegraph, telex, e-mail and airmail facilities exist for internal and international communities.
Published on Jun 25, 2009