It seems cash is definitely king in Costa Rica! Almost everyone wants to be paid in cash. OK, but how do I avoid carrying around all of this cash?
My bank will charge me % fee plus $5 for each withdrawal from an ATM. I assume the Costa Rican ATM company will also have a fee for that withdrawal. (Plus, if pick-pocketry is so prevalent, do they prey on ATM goers?) My credit card company tells me that they will charge a % fee for foreign transactions. I'm going to be fee-d to death!
I've heard that most restaurants, hotels, and tour operators won't accept travelers cheques. But, can I take travelers or cashiers cheques to any old bank in Costa Rica and cash them? Is there a fee for that?
I appreciate any guidance....I know it will be worth it in any event, but I'm a saver!