Motor fuel prices are going up because of the increased value of the dollar. Expats better fill up because the regulatory agency setting the price only used a rate of exchange of 526,89 colons to the dollar. That was the rate Feb. 13. The rate today is 564.17 colons, according to the Banco Central de Costa Rica.
Super gasoline will go up 26 colons to 711 colons a liter. Plus gasoline will go up 24 colons to 687 colons a liter. Diesel is going up 19 colons to 650 colons a liter. With a U.S. gallon holding 3.785 liters, the dollar price of a gallon will be $5.11, based on the rate of exchange used by the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos. There also is an increase in liquid petroleum gas of 45 colons a liter to 396 colons.
These increases have been expected when the U.S. dollar began to show strength in February.