Why Are Americans Still Flocking to Costa Rica-Cost of living in Costa Rica.


Cost of living in Costa Rica

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.

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

Apartment (large, luxurious) $700
Electricity (house) $50-$150
Water/sewage (apartment) $8
Telephone $15
Cable TV $45
High-speed Internet (ADSL) $50
Maid/gardener $2 per hour/$200 a month full-time

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