Cost of Living in Costa Rica

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Most American, Canadian, and European expats in Costa Rica spend much less money on day-to-day expenses than they do in their home countries.

Costa Rica expert Christopher Howard is the author of The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica, published by Costa Rica Books. He says the minimum needed for a decent standard of living for a single person ranges from $1,200 to $1,500 a month. A person can live on as little as $35 a day, excluding housing.

Cost of living in Costa Rica

Here are some average monthly expenses for living in Costa Rica:

Apartment (large, luxurious):  $700

Electricity (house):  $50

Water/sewage (apartment):  $8

Telephone:  $13

Cable TV:  $30

High-speed Internet (ADSL):  $40

Maid/gardener:  $2 per hour/$200 a month full-time

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*Prices as of 2013

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