Money and Banks
In El Coco, the only bank has no ATM. Before the bank opens, there will be a line right around the building. Customers take a number as they enter, and it can take up to six hours to actually be waited on. Most businesses in Costa Rica will accept dollars, so if you're arriving from the north, make sure to bring dollars in a variety of small denominations to avoid having to deal with the bank in El Coco. If you have to get money in El Coco and don't want the colorful experience of waiting in line, for about $30 roundtrip, you can take a taxi to the "Do-It Center" (that's all you have to say to the driver) where there is a bank with an ATM that dispenses dollars or the local currency, colones. Almost all stores throughout the country, including supermarkets, accept credit or debit cards. ATMs are available in the other large towns including Puntarenas and Golfito.