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ButterflyAngie



Joined: 02 Sep 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Banking in Costa Rica Reply with quote

I have a question on banking. I live in the U.S. now. I am planning to go live in CR next year, I have money saved up so that I can dip into savings while teaching English for travel, etc. Should I plan to open up an account in Costa Rica? Is that even possible? Or should I keep my American bank? I have used Wachovia (which is now Wells Fargo) for a couple years now, and in the past when I've traveled, I had problems with them cutting me off, even after both times I traveled I called and told them I was going to be in x country for a week. (So basically after a trip to the ATM, they cut me off, alarmed that there was a withdrawal in Central/South America).

Do you guys typically just keep your American accounts when you leave?
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jprimm



Joined: 03 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not do both. I did. I kept my U.S. account and opened an account here.
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dhsampso



Joined: 17 Jun 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Wachovia as well and used it without problems when I lived in CR for a year, 2009-2010. I called them up and told them I would be abroad for a year or so and no problems. ATM fees normally run $5 per transaction, so I recommend using your credit card for things like grocery shopping. The charge on that is in the cents.
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