Cost of living in Costa Rica

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,693
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,592
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,338
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 771
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,657
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,075
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,842
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,882
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 904
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 905
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 9,142
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,729
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 697
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 697,786
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 357,941
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 94,864
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 508,341
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 360,981
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 30,626
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 21,553
40” flat screen TV ₡ 266,831
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 91,427
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,095
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,472
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 38,114
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 37,348
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 56,975
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 45,719
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 14,966,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 661
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 28,319
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,282
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 24,979
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 41,388
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,516
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 3,498
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,481
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 2,196
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,518
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 6,937
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 18,515
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,610
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 33,238
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,780
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,728
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,094
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,493
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₡ 337,985
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 36
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 29,901
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,980

Map of Cost of Living in Costa Rica

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This map shows only the top cities in Costa Rica. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Limón San Jose, Costa Rica

Prices recently added

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 27,600,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 125,000 (8 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 25,000 (10 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 35,000 (10 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 2,000 (10 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 35,000 (10 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 17,000 (10 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 350,000 (10 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 900,000 (10 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in San Jose, Costa Rica costs ₡ 700 (10 days ago)