Cost of Living in Costa Rica

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Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-9,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 27,556.53 ₡ 15,000.00-50,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,500.00 ₡ 4,000.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 826.70-3,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,200.00 ₡ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,643.94 ₡ 1,000.00-2,800.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 987.86 ₡ 688.91-1,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 840.11 ₡ 600.00-1,300.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,357.00 ₡ 2,100.00-4,731.77
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 985.06 ₡ 453.59-2,267.96
Rice (white), (1 lb) 454.88 ₡ 281.23-703.07
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,522.38 ₡ 881.81-2,500.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,835.78 ₡ 1,133.98-3,628.74
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1,959.41 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,681.89 ₡ 1,769.01-4,309.13
Apples (1 lb) 1,010.67 ₡ 453.59-1,764.48
Banana (1 lb) 361.64 ₡ 226.80-680.39
Oranges (1 lb) 646.33 ₡ 226.80-1,451.50
Tomato (1 lb) 586.08 ₡ 272.16-1,133.98
Potato (1 lb) 516.64 ₡ 249.99-749.97
Onion (1 lb) 597.71 ₡ 272.16-907.19
Lettuce (1 head) 507.56 ₡ 300.00-1,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,202.76 ₡ 700.00-2,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-11,022.61
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,044.80 ₡ 700.00-1,714.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,387.37 ₡ 750.00-2,204.52
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,500.00 ₡ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 500.00 ₡ 350.00-650.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 20,800.00 ₡ 13,000.00-50,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 672.50 ₡ 600.00-1,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,118.49 ₡ 885.14-1,773.92
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,480.00 ₡ 2,980.00-3,965.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3,010.72 ₡ 2,271.25-3,974.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,000,000.00 ₡ 12,000,000.00-18,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,672,871.86 ₡ 14,880,523.82-17,650,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 41,022.51 ₡ 22,045.22-100,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.65 ₡ 15.00-50.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28,692.17 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27,604.02 ₡ 15,000.00-50,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15,649.20 ₡ 7,000.00-25,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 206,734.24 ₡ 125,000.00-360,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,442,123.53 ₡ 3,000,000.00-7,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39,895.80 ₡ 20,000.00-55,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28,133.85 ₡ 15,000.00-41,334.79
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59,469.30 ₡ 40,000.00-90,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 52,944.32 ₡ 30,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 310,860.29 ₡ 180,000.00-650,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,886.11 ₡ 137,782.63-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 568,762.36 ₡ 350,000.00-992,034.92
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 405,240.60 ₡ 260,000.00-800,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 99,801.75 ₡ 61,441.53-158,862.88
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 66,406.52 ₡ 40,733.59-105,761.30
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 469,788.31 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.53 7.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: January 2023
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