Cost of living 2019 in Costa Rica

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Costa Rica.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Costa Rica will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Costa Rica? How about buying an apartment or a house in Costa Rica?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Costa Rica?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Costa Rica?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Pretty much the same as last year, except if you have your money in dollars, your money goes further than it has in years due to the dollar being strong against the colon. I figure sooner or later it will go the other way... unfortunately.
So look at the thread on this from last year and know it's still the same, pretty much.
While some things have risen in price (food, gas, property taxes, etc) the value of the dollar has offset it for Americans.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Costa Rica?
We pay $500 per month for semi furnished 2-BR house.

How about buying an apartment or a house in Costa Rica?
No idea

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
Bus costs about $.70 to travel betweeen Montezuma and Cobano - one way.
Taxi costs about $8.00 to travel between Montezuma and Cobano - one way.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
$4.00 for a two pound bag of rice.
$3.20 for a medium sized loaf of bread from the bakery.
$1.00 for 8.8 oz of Cabitos Ziti.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?
$500

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Costa Rica?
About $60.00 for a visit

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
Approximately $90.00

How much does childcare cost on average per month?
No idea

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
N/A

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
I have a motorcycle.  About $4.00

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
Electricity about $60.00 per month

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
Internet is $80.00 per month.
Cell Phone is about $30.00.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
N/A

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
I don't

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
I don't

How much does a gym membership cost in Costa Rica?
No idea.

Thank you for sharing your experience.
You are welcome.

Cost of living has gone up in the past year. Now with the new tax law, all kinds of services will charge 13% sales tax. We will also have a capital gain tax.

I am not an economist, but I would say that cost of living for 2019 will be at least 10 - 15% more expensive than it was in 2018

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