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Costarican currency – Colon and Colones

The colón (named after Christopher Columbus, known as Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) is the currency of Costa Rica. The plural is colones in Spanish, but English speakers often say colons instead. The code is CRC.  The symbol for the colón is a c with two slashes.  The US$ is also accepted in many places throughout Costa Rica.

Content from Wikipedia – November 2011

There is no need to exchange US$ for colones before you get here.  You actually get a better exchange rate in Costa Rican banks than you would at your bank or at the airport currency exchange.

A useful exchange converter:  Easy to print – small enough to fit in your wallet – Just click on this link!


If you have change that you don’t want to carry home at the end of your trip…don’t forget our piggy bank for Charities!  It is not worth much but it adds up and will change someone’s life in a positive way.