Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Yes. - Aug 2018


No issues. Credit cards are accepted at most sit-down restaurants, grocery stores, and malls. - Feb 2017


Avoid it if you can. On the daily, use cash. If you need an ATM, Costco has a few. - Feb 2015


I use credit cards frequently. Even AmEx is accepted most places I go. I haven't had any issues. - Jan 2015


We've had trouble with credit cards and rarely use them, although we know a lot of other expats who use them all the time. We stick with ATMs and have never had a problem getting money out. There are drastically different fees at different machines so pay attention. - Oct 2014


Limit your use of credit cards. Our credit card was cloned the first time we used it. - May 2014


It is a very cash-based place. Not all little places take cards. We had no problems getting money at ATMs in certain places. All the malls and bigger restaurants take cards. - Apr 2014


They are safe at banks during the day and widely available. Night use of ATMs is discouraged for safety reasons. - Jun 2013


Make sure to use trusted sites where you can always see your credit card. - Jan 2012


They are plentiful and safe if you use them in the daylight hours and take normal precautions. - Jan 2011


You can't use credit cards everywhere. Some restaurants and stores only take cash. - Jun 2010


Credit cards are accepted at most large stores and restaurants. Mastercard/Visa is more common than Amex. ATMs are plentiful and safe to use. If you're a Bank of America account holder, you can use Santander ATMs fee free. - Feb 2008


You can use ATMS but do so indoors to avoid robberies. - Jan 2008


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