Costa Rica’s national currency is the colon. US dollars are easily exchangeable at banks. Denominations of $20 and smaller are accepted at most stores. Larger bills must be exchanged at banks and a passport is required identification for non-residents.

How Much Money Should You Bring?

We recommend you bring only $300 for miscellaneous expenses. Visa and Master Card debit cards are widely accepted although most banks limit cash withdrawals to $500 per day. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are also widely accepted. Discover and American Express are accepted in select locations.

Banco Nacional, which is a government operated bank, will allow debit card withdrawals up to $2,000 per day if your bank in the United States allows it. Personal drafts or checks take 38 days to clear the Costa Rican banking system; therefore, Costa Rica Recovery, S.A. cannot cash personal checks. We will accept money transfers on behalf of a patient but be aware our bank has a $45 wire transfer fee which will be deducted from any proceeds. Wire money transfers may take up to 48 – 72 hours and are done on week days only.  For personal expenditures while a client is in our care, we can run a credit card for cash.  We charge 6% for the transaction fee.

International Wiring Instructions


Name: Banco de Costa Rica

Address:  Pavas, San José, Embajada Estados Unidos, 400 mtrs. Oeste


Account number: 001 0259646 6

Account type: Transactional Dollars

Name on the account:  Costa Rica Recovery, S.A.

Account holder tax ID:  3-101-481986