Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,803
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,598
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,497
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 799
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,612
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,056
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,987
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,972
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 907
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 842
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 7,940
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,636
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 679
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 643,786
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 395,411
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 89,101
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 467,877
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 337,578
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 58,863
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 21,526
40” flat screen TV ₡ 281,631
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 61,059
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,256
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,325
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 38,448
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 41,166
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 54,148
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 48,514
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 13,789,300
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 652
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 27,199
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,775
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 2,966
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 20,519
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 40,847
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,638
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,809
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 2,990
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 2,216
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,669
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 8,580
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 17,193
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,307
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 26,107
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 28,169
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,829
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 1,850
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,392
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₡ 313,538
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 34
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 32,117
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,829
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 707 prices entered by 77 different people.
Latest price update: November 13, 2018.

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