Is Costa Rica expensive?
Costa Rica can be expensive. At least, it can feel expensive to Westerners who expect to be able to have the same buying power as in places like India or Thailand. Costa Rica is ranked as the most expensive country in Central America and the sixth most expensive in North America and the Caribbean (2015).
What city should I stay in Costa Rica?
Often the best place to stay in Costa Rica for first-time visitors is the Pacific beach town of Manuel Antonio. Much of the area is covered by Manuel Antonio National Park, which includes rainforests, beaches and off-shore coral reefs.
Where did the Kardashians stay in Costa Rica?
The Kardashians came to Costa Rica in June 2019 and stayed at Villa Manzu on the Papagayo Peninsula. They featured the trip in their Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality show, in which Kim revealed that her six-year-old daughter North wanted to live in Costa Rica.
Something many visitors to Costa Rica find convenient is the fact that U.S. dollars are accepted virtually everywhere. This means you won't have to waste a lot of time converting your cash into Costa Rican colones before you can start shopping.
Cost Comparison Chart:
|United States v/s Costa Rica||United States Average ($)||Costa Rica Average ($)|
|Housing (comparable 3 bedroom, 2 bath)||$1000-3000||$500-1200|
|Gasoline (per gallon of regular)||$3.00||$5.00|
|ADSL Internet monthly (1024/512 kb/sec)||$34.95||$28.25|
|Home Phone Service (basic monthly fee)||$29.95||$7.00|
For larger families, the cost of a getaway is steeper; a family of four spends $4,000 on average.
The U.S. dollar will go far in these 20 international cities.
|Location||Currency Exchange||Average Cost of Daily Expenses|
|San Jose, Costa Rica||1 USD = 567.494 CRC||$49|
Reason not to visit: If you are into nightlife such as clubbing or late nights in general, Costa Rica may not be the best destination for you. Most bars at resorts close by 10pm and most public bars close by midnight unless you are staying in places such as Tamarindo, San Jose, Puerto Viejo or Jaco.
Most travelers visiting Costa Rica think the Pacific side of the country is the better coast to visit. The remote Osa Peninsula, the monkey-filled area of Manuel Antonio, the surfing near Santa Theres, and the touristy Nicoya coast make it the superior choice.