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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 21.62% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 52.16% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,482.37
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 18,000.00 ₡ 14,500.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,315.08-4,385.89
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,096.47 ₡ 822.36-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,800.00 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,311.40 ₡ 850.00-1,644.71
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 808.28 ₡ 600.00-1,096.47
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 704.05 ₡ 500.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,813.59 ₡ 2,271.25-3,406.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 944.30 ₡ 566.98-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 536.32 ₡ 385.55-680.39
Eggs (12) 1,635.41 ₡ 1,096.47-2,200.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,609.78 ₡ 907.19-2,562.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,795.28 ₡ 1,224.70-2,486.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,275.01 ₡ 1,587.58-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 978.73 ₡ 564.50-1,492.06
Banana (1 lb) 283.15 ₡ 181.44-362.87
Oranges (1 lb) 523.01 ₡ 317.52-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 592.46 ₡ 317.52-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 471.15 ₡ 305.87-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 463.48 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 433.37 ₡ 300.00-600.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,174.12 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 959.96 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,495.94 ₡ 900.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,900.00 ₡ 1,661.16-2,300.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 450.00 ₡ 300.00-530.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30,000.00 ₡ 16,500.00-34,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡ 600.00-680.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,029.98 ₡ 965.61-1,323.45
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,140.00 ₡ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,279.87 ₡ 1,987.34-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,210,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,661,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,391,253.33 ₡ 10,000,000.00-15,260,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 36,935.97 ₡ 19,188.29-72,876.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 39.47 ₡ 25.00-60.31
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 27,204.51 ₡ 16,000.00-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26,936.87 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10,278.16 ₡ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 212,666.67 ₡ 150,000.00-300,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,241,183.89 ₡ 3,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 34,705.27 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26,690.79 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 54,817.23 ₡ 40,000.00-70,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 51,516.13 ₡ 32,894.21-75,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 294,515.54 ₡ 200,000.00-444,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,471.90 ₡ 150,000.00-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 526,548.45 ₡ 350,000.00-800,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 395,345.35 ₡ 250,000.00-600,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,823.10 ₡ 55,741.36-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 63,866.49 ₡ 41,806.02-88,257.15
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 419,369.46 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.74 8.00-14.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 3056 entries in the past 18 months from 269 different contributors.
Last update: April, 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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Cost of Living in this country for some cities: Alajuela, San Jose, Tamarindo

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