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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.81% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.80% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3,950.00 ₡ 3,450.00-4,294.09
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,200.00 ₡ 950.00-1,700.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,366.96 ₡ 1,000.00-1,800.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 839.05 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 720.48 ₡ 500.00-1,100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,816.34 ₡ 2,176.61-3,406.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 935.91 ₡ 544.31-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 534.44 ₡ 408.23-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,538.49 ₡ 1,100.00-2,100.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,632.53 ₡ 1,133.98-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,929.43 ₡ 1,350.45-2,597.02
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,344.99 ₡ 1,632.93-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,046.18 ₡ 544.31-1,558.21
Banana (1 lb) 285.62 ₡ 181.44-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 513.09 ₡ 226.80-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 610.03 ₡ 317.52-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 477.80 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 464.76 ₡ 311.64-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 449.28 ₡ 300.00-572.54
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,091.82 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 949.97 ₡ 715.68-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,405.26 ₡ 850.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,800.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-500.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 24,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 965.61-1,448.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,289.20 ₡ 2,006.27-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,500,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,313,625.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,550,264.22 ₡ 12,370,000.00-16,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 41,134.06 ₡ 20,329.17-78,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.21 ₡ 30.00-62.98
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28,991.74 ₡ 18,000.00-45,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28,159.25 ₡ 17,176.35-40,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10,525.19 ₡ 5,000.00-18,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 216,418.17 ₡ 125,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,139,683.56 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,725,450.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,845.68 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28,462.92 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,325.45 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 53,056.85 ₡ 35,000.00-75,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 293,226.11 ₡ 200,000.00-458,036.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 212,300.55 ₡ 135,000.00-314,899.75
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 513,752.95 ₡ 300,000.00-858,817.50
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 397,947.66 ₡ 250,000.00-648,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 80,828.92 ₡ 51,096.25-111,482.72
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 58,508.89 ₡ 41,806.02-88,257.15
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 473,694.62 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 10.22 8.00-14.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 2990 entries in the past 18 months from 267 different contributors.
Last update: November 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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