Lifestyle Costs

Affordable Luxury

The lower cost of living and high quality of goods here permits your dollar to stretch much farther allowing for services and luxuries that would be just too expensive in the U.S., Canada or Europe. The cost of living in San Jose (the capital city) is among the lowest of any capital city in Latin America. If you add to this the mild weather, which makes cooling and heating virtually unnecessary, you can begin to appreciate the potential savings.

Full time live-in Maid (Sundays off) - $200 + per month

Ticket to see a movie in a modern theatre - $3.50

Minimum ticket price to see a cultural event at the National Theatre - $2.00

Ticket to see a First Division Soccer Team play - $4.00

An excellent steak dinner – Under $12.00

Basic Commercial Phone service - $5.00 per month

Basic Cellular Phone service - $8.00 per month

Basic Cable TV service - $28.00

Cable Internet home service (1 meg download/256K upload) costs - $40.00 per month

Men’s haircut & shampoo at luxury barbershop - $10.00

Men’s haircut at local barbershop - $3.00

La Nacion – Costa Rica’s leading daily newspaper - $0.42

A pound of local coffee - $1.65

A bottle of Coca Cola - $0.55

A pound of beans - $0.48

A bottle of Imperial beer - $0.70

A pack of local cigarettes - $1.10

Bus ride from downtown San Jose to Escazu - $0.32

Bus ride from San Jose to Jaco Beach (60 miles) - $2.50

Suzuki ATV Ozark LT F250 - $5,250

Suzuki ATV Z400 - $8,150

Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster - $9,800

Harley Davidson XL 883C Sportster Custom - $11,600

2007 Honda CRV 4x2 SUV - $33,000

2007 KIA Rio hatchback 1400 cc w/ extras - $15,600

PRICES AT THE FARMER'S MARKET IN PAVAS

Watermelon - $0.80 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Tomato - $0.80 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Lemons – 5 for $0.20

Carrots - $0.40 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Broccoli - $0.40

Pineapple - $0.40 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Papaya - $0.40 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Cucumbers - $0.68 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Radishes - $0.21 per bunch

Zucchini - $0.21 each

Onions - $0.40 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Mangos - $1.60 per Kilo (2.2 lbs)

Bananas - $0.58 for a bunch with 18 bananas

Strawberries - $1.60 for ½ Kilo (1.1 lbs)

While some imported manufactured items such as appliances, TV’s, computers, and vehicles are more expensive, these are generally one-time expenses yet your daily and recurring expenses are much cheaper so you will enjoy a higher standard of living in Costa Rica while living in a country that has most of the comforts of home.