Yes, you can live cheaply in Costa Rica.

The cost of living is one of the main considerations when contemplating moving to Costa Rica or any country.

Did you know Costa Rica’s Cost of Living is lower than that of the United, a country-based Cost of Living Comparison website, makes it obvious that living cheaply in Costa Rica is possible.

Here are our top personal tips for living cheaply in the country. “Leave your old lifestyle in the country you came from!” and “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” It would be best to learn to shop where the local shop is and utilize your price comparison skills.

Luxury products are taxed heavily in Costa Rica. What are some luxury products? Vehicles, foods imported from other countries, and high-end home electronics. Unlike in the USA, Canada, and other countries, most items are inexpensive, and the food is expensive. The fruits, vegetables, and some farm-raised meats are 2 – 3 times less expensive in Costa Rica than in other countries.

Choosing the right area to live in is a big part of how to live cheaply in Costa Rica.  You can get some suggestions on cheap places to live in our article, Retire in Costa Rica on $30,000 USD a Year. Finding nice, accommodating places to live for $1,500 – $1,800 USD a month is possible.

There are many ways to live cheaply in Costa Rica. And another suggestion from us is to join and participate in online Expat groups on social media platforms such as Facebook. The information is out there for you.


-Written by Glenn Tellier (Founder of CRIE and Grupo Gap).

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