The Costa Rica cost of living is as varied as the people who choose to live in Costa Rica. With a stable economy, a well-employed and well-educated populace, and a steady stream of tourism, Costa Rica offers a wide variety of activities and life-style choices. Whether you choose to live in the San Jose area, or in one of the more remote regions of the country, you will find there is a range of Costa Rica’s cost of living.
If you live in the area surrounding San Jose, you may have a car, which will add to your cost of living. Gasoline prices are regulated by the government, and as such, the cost of gasoline is standard throughout the country. This makes it easy to fill up your gas tank, as you do not have to search for the cheapest gas station. The cost of gasoline is a bit more than the average price of gasoline in the United States. The cost of a gallon of gas is about $5.45. Driving a car in Costa Rica will add to your Costa Rica cost of living.
Other things in Costa Rica are much, much cheaper than in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. Public transportation is very cheap with local bus rides costing $1.00 or less. Housekeeping and gardening services are usually $2.00 to $3.00 per hour, so many people that move to Costa Rica end up enjoying some services that they would never have been able to afford in their home country.
Many people that move to Costa Rica and enjoy a simpler life outside of the San Jose area can keep their cost of living down to about $800 to $1,000 per month per person. Others, who live in the more metropolitan areas and enjoy the finer things, like buying imported food and wine, and eat out more frequently, can spend as much as $3,000 per month per person.
The cost of living in Costa Rica will depend on where in the country you decide to live as rent prices vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and also region to region. You may be able to find a furnished apartment or 1-bedroom house for as low as $200 per month, or if you like you can rent very nice, large houses for $2000 to $3,000 per month. The Costa Rica cost of living will be dependent on where you choose to live and how you choose to live. The Send me South team can help you find just the perfect house for you based on your budget.
If you shop at your local farmers market, you will find that $20-$40 worth of fruits and vegetables can feed a small family for the week. By shopping at larger grocery stores and buying more imported goods, you could easily spend $200 per week on groceries.
The Costa Rica cost of living will be different for each person who decides to move to Costa Rica. One of the great things about Costa Rica is the variety of people who have here, adding their own cultures and customs to this already vibrant country. As such, there are a wide range of lifestyle choices and accommodations for all those who wish to move to Costa Rica. Your cost of living in Costa Rica can be as low or as high as you want it to be, based on the style of life you choose to live. Please feel free to contact us if you have more specific questions on costs or need help planning your move to Costa Rica.