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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 27.15% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 59.65% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,079.88 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-29,712.52
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 1,000.00-1,800.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,450.00-2,800.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,460.45 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 843.99 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 762.92 ₡ 500.00-1,188.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,911.55 ₡ 2,200.00-3,785.41
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 905.38 ₡ 453.59-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 529.00 ₡ 415.04-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,493.63 ₡ 1,113.60-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,601.80 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,960.82 ₡ 1,360.78-2,719.29
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,217.50 ₡ 1,587.58-2,948.35
Apples (1 lb) 1,048.18 ₡ 625.00-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 305.80 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 539.60 ₡ 226.80-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 582.56 ₡ 294.84-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 515.72 ₡ 317.52-689.46
Onion (1 lb) 446.37 ₡ 272.16-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 496.71 ₡ 400.00-800.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,127.50 ₡ 800.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 910.41 ₡ 700.00-1,485.63
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,475.07 ₡ 950.00-2,377.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-555.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 24,000.00 ₡ 17,500.00-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 647.50 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,062.17 ₡ 965.61-1,287.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,371.94 ₡ 2,150.11-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,000,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,856,260.42
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,654,337.22 ₡ 12,500,000.00-17,233,262.09
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 43,764.96 ₡ 21,647.69-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.30 ₡ 30.00-56.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34,156.34 ₡ 18,000.00-60,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,792.34 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 6,934.86 ₡ 2,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,200.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 217,563.09 ₡ 125,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,687,543.36 ₡ 3,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,665.04 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,738.39 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 57,684.72 ₡ 45,000.00-85,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 54,766.58 ₡ 38,626.28-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 292,612.91 ₡ 200,000.00-450,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 216,756.74 ₡ 150,000.00-326,837.73
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 498,079.86 ₡ 300,000.00-891,375.63
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 393,582.95 ₡ 250,000.00-594,250.42
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 83,203.17 ₡ 46,451.13-111,482.72
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 64,453.56 ₡ 41,806.02-95,317.73
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 440,289.08 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.43 8.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: October 2018
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