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Polaroid of the week: Costa Ricas colorful currency

Polaroid of the week: Costa Ricas colorful currency

Last Updated on July 5, 2022

polaroid Costa Rica new bank notesSince our last visit to Costa Rica in February 2011, the country has redesigned its banknotes and we love these new ones so much we hardly want to spend them at all! (In case you’re wondering, the 15,000 colones in the picture are currently worth roughly US $30.)

Known for its range of wildlife, the new Costa Rican Colones feature popular animals like sloths, monkeys, birds, sharks, butterflies, deer, sea turtles, scorpions and starfish along with some of Costa Rica’s diverse nature: a Guanacaste Tree, a Cloud Forest, a coral reef and mangroves. Definitely some of the most creative bills that we have seen around the world.

What other countries have you traveled to with beautiful currency? Do you save smaller bills when they are so pretty?

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Thursday 26th of September 2019

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Shalu Sharma

Sunday 4th of November 2012

Nice looking bank notes, looking very similar to American dollars.


Thursday 8th of November 2012

That's an interesting comparison, Shalu! I wish American dollars would be a bit more colorful like the Costa Rican money is :D


Sunday 28th of October 2012

They have a SLOTH on their money? That's so cool!

I don't know that I've been anywhere with money quite that pretty...


Monday 29th of October 2012

Right? Isn't that the prettiest money in the world? :)


Saturday 27th of October 2012

They are definitely cool!!


Monday 29th of October 2012

It definitely makes it more interesting for visitors because we barely know any of Costa Rica's important historical figures but we sure know the country's wildlife :)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Friday 26th of October 2012

Looooove it!


Monday 29th of October 2012

Thanks, Andi! Makes the money much more exciting ;-)