Hey everyone - I'm considering spending some extended time in Costa Rica and am trying to gauge the average price of accommodations (per month). I'm also curious if there is a tourist price and a local price - basically after living in Thailand for years, I'm still dismayed at how expensive some accommodation reports are on blogs and am trying to avoid a similar experience in Costa Rica. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Laura, it really depends on the area where you plan to stay. In high-tourist areas, the prices are comparable to what you would pay in the States. Less traveled, but just as beautiful, areas the prices can be about 25% of U.S. prices. For example, in our area in the southern part of Costa Rica, you could even find a 1,000 square foot house for under $200/month. I author a blog, called A Dull Roar, and if you want to contact me directly, find my contact info there. Good luck!
I lived in Costa Rica for eight months a few years ago. Basically, you can spend as much as you want in Costa Rica. It depends on where you want to live and the amenities you require. I first lived by myself in an apartment in the Sabanilla neighborhood of San José. My rent was $250 a month for my studio-like apartment. That was in 2006. I feel like prices in Costa Rica have gone way up since then. I later moved in with roommates that I found from an advertisement near the University of Costa Rica. It turned out to be a great situation for me.
Hi Laura, My husband and I have been living in CR for a little over a year. We've actually been housesitting, which you should definitely consider if you haven't already. In CR, breakins can be a problem when houses are left vacant so a lot of people use housesitters. We ended up doing that 8 out of 12 months last year. As for renting, like everyone said, prices vary, but in general, living near the beach is more expensive than living inland. Same goes for more touristy areas. We paid $800 to live in a simple house near Uvita (beach; somewhat touristy area) but only $400 to live in the mountains near Lake Arenal (inland, less touristy). Hope that helps!
It definitely depends on what part of Costa Rica you will be in. I am currently in a fully furnished apartment in Liberia and I pay $200 per month. This price can go up or down depending on if you are in the city, on the beach, or in a better/worse apartment.
From what I have seen, there can definitely be tourist prices vs. local prices :/ I recommend calling and getting an estimate (maybe using a Spanish speaker to call) before showing up and asking to rent. It might work better. Good luck!
Hi Laura, You are going to love Costa Rica! Like mentioned before it depends on the area. We live in Santa Teresa and the cost of renting is way cheaper than what we used to pay in Los Angeles. The price usually depends on length of stay too. Landlords are most likely to give a better price for longer stays. We have had two bedroom houses (nothing special but clean & safe) for around 450/month (bills included). Just make sure when you rent you are sure of the terms since water, electricity etc can get expensive if you are also paying for these. Some towns have Facebook groups set up for rental inquiries & options which is a good place to start looking before arriving, otherwise the best way to find a good deal is to get to the town & start asking locals, we find they always are in-the-know. Let us know if you need any more information for our town or your trip here!