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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.63% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.76% 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) 3,800.00 ₡ 3,450.00-4,300.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,250.00 ₡ 850.00-1,696.55
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,800.00 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,373.28 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 849.77 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 749.13 ₡ 500.00-1,100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,871.29 ₡ 2,176.61-3,596.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 928.43 ₡ 544.31-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 533.00 ₡ 453.59-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,486.79 ₡ 1,113.00-2,100.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,622.34 ₡ 1,043.26-2,800.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,869.07 ₡ 1,315.42-2,565.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,277.92 ₡ 1,590.38-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,088.20 ₡ 582.29-1,587.58
Banana (1 lb) 297.91 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 472.04 ₡ 226.80-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 571.51 ₡ 294.84-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 482.15 ₡ 315.51-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 435.11 ₡ 307.82-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 443.29 ₡ 300.00-700.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,075.38 ₡ 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) 890.99 ₡ 700.00-1,200.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,380.92 ₡ 900.00-2,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,696.55-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-555.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 23,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 645.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 965.61-1,287.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,337.78 ₡ 2,070.62-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,355,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,137,875.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,645,037.80 ₡ 13,527,800.00-16,399,935.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 45,892.15 ₡ 22,000.00-80,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.46 ₡ 30.00-62.21
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29,961.55 ₡ 18,000.00-56,551.50
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,604.68 ₡ 18,000.00-45,241.20
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 8,981.18 ₡ 4,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 213,796.79 ₡ 150,000.00-300,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,184,186.65 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,655,150.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,445.74 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,654.82 ₡ 18,000.00-50,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 55,818.95 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 53,625.27 ₡ 38,000.00-73,516.95
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 296,918.26 ₡ 180,000.00-450,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,531.49 ₡ 150,000.00-333,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 510,925.20 ₡ 300,000.00-848,272.50
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 410,580.24 ₡ 250,000.00-650,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 83,778.72 ₡ 46,451.13-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 64,093.61 ₡ 41,806.02-92,902.27
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 466,680.06 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.73 7.20-13.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 2867 entries in the past 18 months from 273 different contributors.
Last update: April 2018
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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