Cost of Living in San Jose

Summary about cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-10,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25,000.00 ₡ 18,000.00-50,266.18
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,500.00 ₡ 4,000.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 800.00-2,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,500.00 ₡ 1,884.98-3,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,557.08 ₡ 850.00-2,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,036.67 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 904.02 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,127.84 ₡ 2,252.32-3,785.41
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 771.27 ₡ 453.59-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 315.89 ₡ 281.23-589.67
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,428.22 ₡ 1,000.00-2,073.48
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,678.01 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1,671.83 ₡ 907.19-2,494.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,653.43 ₡ 1,587.58-4,082.34
Apples (1 lb) 1,059.84 ₡ 453.59-1,587.58
Banana (1 lb) 346.70 ₡ 226.80-566.99
Oranges (1 lb) 511.90 ₡ 226.80-1,859.73
Tomato (1 lb) 613.78 ₡ 285.00-1,315.42
Potato (1 lb) 525.39 ₡ 272.16-907.19
Onion (1 lb) 656.49 ₡ 317.52-1,360.78
Lettuce (1 head) 498.51 ₡ 250.00-800.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,208.82 ₡ 800.00-1,800.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-16,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,105.70 ₡ 700.00-1,714.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,623.00 ₡ 900.00-2,500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,500.00 ₡ 2,200.00-3,500.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 500.00 ₡ 350.00-600.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 19,565.22 ₡ 10,000.00-21,854.86
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 600.00-800.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,011.19 ₡ 885.14-1,609.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,769.96 ₡ 3,005.00-3,965.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,492.72 ₡ 2,157.69-2,839.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,000,000.00 ₡ 12,000,000.00-16,200,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,525,500.00 ₡ 15,000,000.00-17,650,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 33,646.80 ₡ 22,253.26-54,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 42.82 ₡ 15.00-45.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32,910.82 ₡ 25,000.00-44,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 32,875.54 ₡ 24,000.00-53,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13,244.03 ₡ 10,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 2,800.00-6,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 209,938.05 ₡ 150,000.00-250,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,426,245.43 ₡ 3,600,000.00-9,600,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43,236.91 ₡ 30,000.00-52,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,446.62 ₡ 15,000.00-42,804.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,884.10 ₡ 35,000.00-80,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 54,290.48 ₡ 30,000.00-90,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 391,446.07 ₡ 250,000.00-502,661.80
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 255,543.57 ₡ 180,000.00-376,996.35
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 622,540.26 ₡ 400,000.00-900,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 435,608.01 ₡ 300,000.00-691,159.97
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 111,889.46 ₡ 69,676.70-167,224.08
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 80,390.95 ₡ 58,373.03-105,071.45
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 540,182.01 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.14 7.00-10.00

Prices in San Jose

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Last update: November 2021
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6 Comments so far
Samuel gillard on Jan 23, 2021:
prices absoultly not right
In 5 years never seen orange for less thab 5$ for one kilo could reach 10$ sometimes
Food are extremly expensive here
Milk , cheese , vegetablea and fruits ,
unless you eat like local " rice and beans for breakfast lunch and dinner" it will cost you 3 times from what will costs in the US
Anonymous on Dec 31, 2020:
Costa Ricais nothing more than an expensive country full of corruption.Several friends from Europe retired in Costa Rica.They were telling me I need to retire in Costa Rica too but I never listened to them. I visited Costa Rica twice but I didn't see anything impressive about the country.Anyone planning on moving to Costa Rica shouldn't do it.
Anonymous on Dec 11, 2020:
The post on April 30

Costa Rica government allowed many in from Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. The idiot is obviously not from Costa Rica or they would know all central American countries are in close proximity plus Nicaragua is infected with MS13 always have been. I lived in Costa Rica as a foreigner until August 2020 in a nice house I personally owned.Oh the Costa Rica government insists all currencies be converted into colon so they can manipulate ie skim to their advantage.DONT EVEN TELL ME COSTA RICA ISN'T FLOODED WITH MS13 the door was wide open for anyone to walk through minus correct vetting.Two foreigners were hacked to death by machetes in their house across the street from me. Shut up you piece of garbage.
Anonymous on Apr 30, 2020:
Please ignore what Anonymous posted on March 01, 2019. They are probably the most arrogant person ever.

Firstly, just because someone is an immigrant to another country, that does not mean they are a gang member. I can't believe this person just claimed that immigrants from Nicaragua are members of gang. I'm honestly ever surprised they're knowledgable enough to know that Nicaragua borders Costa Rica.

And second, the currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón, not the peso. How arrogant and uninformed do you have to be to get that wrong?

People like them make me sick and lose faith in humanity. Stay in the US, no other country should have you. They're way too good for you.
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2019:
Costa Rica has always had an arrogant attitude towards people from the U S.Friends have retired in Costa Rica over the years.One told me the retirement requirement is to put American dollars into a Costa Rican bank and use their pesos instead exclusively.Ofcourse losing money on the exchange rate peso verses the dollar.My friends begged me to retire in Costa Rica over the years but I said no way.I wonder how expats are feeling now since Costa Rica is taking in over 1,500 immigrants weekly unvetted from Nicaragua.I'm sure many are MS13 also.Kinda makes one think how secure expats living in Costa Rica feel about their security,hum?
Dan Miller on Jul 19, 2018:
I cannot see much of a savings living in Costa Rica compared to the US (depending where you live in the US). For all the BS moving to Costa Rica (paper work, etc.). Some of the prices are lower but the bottom line is: "Not that much savings" as advertised. Due to the high crime and the difficulty of the initial move for an American, I don't see a "real savings".