can we use u.s. $$$?

Feb 26th, 2004, 07:36 PM
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can we use u.s. $$$?

or should we exchange for colons?
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Feb 26th, 2004, 07:46 PM
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You can do it either way. Dollars are widely used. We have never had a problem. The big advantage to using colones is that, once you get them, they are so much easier to use because you don't always have to be converting mentally! Although the conversion is pretty easy right now. When we were there last July, it was great. . .almost exactly 400 colones to a dollar. . .that's a very easy math game! (And I'm not one to carry a calculator around!) The first couple of times we went, we relied on the dollar. After that, we started using the ATMs and started using colones almost entirely. . .made us feel less like tourists, I suppose!
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Feb 26th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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I guess it wouldn't hurt to get a couple of extra colons. You might check on the prices of extra semi-colons and livers, etc.
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Feb 26th, 2004, 08:27 PM
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Just spent a month there and except for the odd colones I recieved in change, I used mostly american dollars. There were quite a few differences in the exchange amount during that time. I was getting anywhere from 420-440 colones to the dollar. I found myself getting shorted more than usual this year so be careful. It was never more than a dollar or two. Using colones would prevent that.
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Feb 27th, 2004, 12:40 AM
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I should expect that the Colon will be the harder currency soon ;-)
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Feb 27th, 2004, 05:27 AM
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I would suggest that you change your dollars for colognes at a bank for each days use. As stated above, the exchange rate varies wildly from place to place, but you will nevr get teh true rate at a resteraunt/bar/tour. It adds up, if you do decide to use dollars be aware of the daily exchange rate, but be aware that even with that knowledge, the resteraunt or wherever will still give you the rate they choose.
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