How can I get the best exchange rate between US dollar and the Costa Rican colon?
To get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and the Costa Rican colon, you should first check the mid-market rate of the currency here on Finder.com. Once you know this rate, you can compare the rate offered by the many online money transfer services to it. Choose the service that offers a rate that is as close as possible to the mid-market rate. Some online money transfer services will even let you transfer money at the real mid-market exchange rate against a small fixed fee.
If you are travelling to Costa Rica, it may be a better idea to bring US dollars in cash with you and exchange some of it once you are in the country. Many travellers report that merchants in Costa Rica often accepts US dollars unofficially, so you may choose to spend some US dollars without exchanging as well. Watch out for the exchange rate you are offered by merchants though. It may not be as good as the one a moneychanger will offer you.
The US dollar is the most traded currency in the world. The world’s unofficial reserve currency, it can be found in most major currency pairs. In forex, it’s an important benchmark and target rate for countries that fix or peg their currencies against its value. It is also used as the standard currency for oil, precious metals and other commodities.
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Costa Rican Colon
Costa Rican colón is the official currency of Costa Rica, a country in Central America. The currency is named after Christopher Columbus, known as Cristóbal Colón in Spanish. While the country widely accepts the US dollar, expect to pay with colónes for smaller services.
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What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Costa Rican colon?
The exchange rate between the US dollar and the Costa Rican colon can be affected by many different factors. The balance of trade between the countries, economic development, interest rates, and political stability are all factors that can affect the exchange rate.
As one of the most developed Central American countries, Costa Rica has enjoyed an impressive GDP growth over the past few years, which has also helped in keeping the exchange rate with the US dollar at a stable level. However, since the beginning of 2016, Costa Rica has faced an increasing public debt burden, which in turn has added pressure on the colon.
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How does the Costa Rican colon trade against the US dollar historically?
The exchange rate between the US dollar and the Costa Rican colon has over the years been managed under a so-called “crawling peg” system. This meant that although the colon was not tied to the dollar at any specific value, it would weaken at a fixed rate of 3.294 colones per US dollar each month.
This system of controlled devaluation was put on hold in 2006 and the currency was allowed to float freely in the markets. However, it is still managed within a currency band, which is referenced to the US dollar.
In 2008, the exchange rate between the US dollar and Costa Rican colon was at about 500 colones to 1 dollar. By 2009, the value of the colon had dropped sharply, reaching a low of 590 colones to 1 dollar in mid 2009.
The colon has remained fairly stable compared to the US dollar between 2010 and 2014, with the exchange rate remaining around 500 colones to 1 US dollar. In 2014, the colon again experienced a sharp loss in value, reaching a low of 550 colones to 1 US dollar that same year. For the past three years, the exchange rate between US dollars and Costa Rican colon has stabilized at around 560 colones to 1 US dollar.
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Adrienne Fuller is the head of publishing at Finder US. With a decade of experience creating guides in finance and education, she aims to deliver the accurate and transparent information she wishes she had when she made some of life's important financial decisions. For the past 3 years she has been the publisher of money transfers, helping readers save when they send money all over the globe. She has a BA from Colorado College and loves to hike with her two Catahoula dogs around her home in San Diego.
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