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Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

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Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

When you use the ATM machine, can you get US Dollars? When we used it before, it gave us Colones. Does it ask? I did see if want to use English but nothing about withdrawl currency. Any particular bank/ATM recommended? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

As far as I know you can only get Colones and this makes sense.

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2. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

Depends on the bank machine. Many do give both.

I have found that Banco Nacional machines give colones only, but banks like Promerica, Scotiabank, Bac Banco de San Jose and others give both.

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3. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

Wow, I'm surprised. Is this at every branch or only in San Jose?

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4. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

BCR and BAC San Jose (this is the name of the bank, not location) both give colones and USD. The daily limit on withdrawals at BCR is quite low, fyi. This is true at Jaco and Quepos. Assuming its all locations frequented by tourists.

Edited: 15 January 2018, 15:27
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5. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

My ATM card only worked at BCR. They gave a choice between colones and USD.

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6. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

Go to BAC Banco de San Jose in Plaza Conchal, it asks what currency you want and has liberal withdrawal limits.

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7. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

Thanks to all. I will check at BAC, in Tamarindo, and see if I have the option. I went to a different bank before, not sure of the name but not BAC and did not have choice. It appears that some of the tours and shuttles list cost in US dollars and want cash. That is why we are looking for ATM with US dollar option.

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8. Re: Withdrawing US Dollars at ATM

Thats a really good point It's something I hadn't thought of Normally only use credit cards or local currency wherever we are but I can now see the point of the original post and are thinking do we need to also bring US dollars for paying for tours etc that are quoted in US dollars

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