Is the cost of living in Costa Rica high?
We asked people about the cost of living in Costa Rica, they wrote...
"The cost of living in Costa Rica is generally considered to be quite affordable, with prices being considerably lower than many other parts of Central America. However, some areas in Costa Rica have a much higher cost of living compared to the rest of the country. For example, cities like San Jose and certain areas in the Limon province tend to have prices that are higher than in more rural areas. On average, a nice one-bedroom apartment in the capital of San Jose costs around $650 per month in rent. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment usually ranges from $850 - $1,000 depending on the area. Eating at a moderately priced restaurant in Costa Rica typically ranges from $7 - $15 per person, depending on what is ordered," remarked another expat who made the move to Costa Rica.
"We live comfortably on $2000 a month. That includes rent of a new 2 br 2 ba house with great views, all utilities, high speed internet, and even temporary car rental. Gas for the SUV is expensive, but we explore a lot and eat out a lot, so dining and food costs are higher for us too. Not in Caja yet," explained one expat living in San Ramon, Costa Rica.
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Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.