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 ₡ 5,495
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,563
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,280
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 800
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,636
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,146
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,839
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,917
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,025
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 809
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 7,886
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,594
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 692
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 616,803
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 378,964
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 ₡ 448,538
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 350,678
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 58,863
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 22,152
40” flat screen TV ₡ 271,506
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 54,560
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,013
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,010
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 37,983
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 36,776
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 56,680
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 57,071
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 13,437,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 670
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 21,636
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,530
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 2,967
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 18,155
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 39,673
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,479
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,411
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,004
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,870
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,657
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 7,885
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,321
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,540
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 23,732
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 29,254
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,317
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 1,844
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,460
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₡ 313,704
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 35
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 32,008
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,840
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 601 prices entered by 68 different people.
Latest price update: September 23, 2018.

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