If you are travelling to the Islands, make sure you have American Dollars (CASH) for both the mainland departure airport and upon arrival on the islands. You have to pay a 'fee' (cash only - I think it was $20) to leave an airport in Ecuador and ALSO upon arrival (I seem to recall $100). You cannot pay both at one location as apparently the folks on the islands do not see the money collected on the mainland.
Apparently, that's not the only "south of the border' country that charges either an 'entrance' fee or an 'exit' fee. Costa Rica does too. In 2014, the 'exit' fee was $26 per person. Cash is the BEST! I got fooled (or didn't read the fine print on the signage). it showed you can use Visa, MC, Amex, etc., etc., etc. However, they run it as a CASH ADVANCE.
Needless to say, I'll know for next time.
Thanks for adding pointjunkie. I had planned a Costa Rica trip in May but my youngest daughter had to cancel...bummer!
Thanks for the info. Planning on going next summer and this his helpful.
Traveled to Costa Rica numerous times. Best to pay the exit tax at airport upon entry, as many times it is a very long line and one would not want to miss flight due to being held up in the line. This is in reference to San Jose's airport.
Liberia never has much of a line. Also of note is that one can pay the exit tax at most hotels, but it will cost a few colones more.