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Find out how to get the most value out of your Costa Rican adventure with our easy travel cost calculator. Let's go to Costa Rica!
Are you thinking about a trip to Costa Rica? From San Jose, to the Costa Rican countryside, to must-see destinations like the Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica has so much to offer. But before you go, let's figure out how much to budget for someone with your unique travel preferences. Whether it's the price of counter food, the cost of a night out, or average ticket prices for tours and transportation, ValueBaby's travel calculator makes it easy to estimate the outley of your next adventure!
Calculate the price of gallo pinto at an upscale restaurant.
Estimate the cost of an afternoon taking in Democracy Plaza and National Museum.
How much will a Guaro - or two - add to your tab in San Jose?
Let's find out!
So, what country are you bound for?
And what city will you visit there?
For accommodation in Costa Rica, the cost would depend on the grade of the hotel, whether basic accommodations, a high-end resort, or something in between. Big cities, like San Jose, would have higher rates than smaller burbs. A hostel may be your least expensive option, but remember most hostels charge a per-person rate.
(Food only, no drinks)
Food in Costa Rica is going to be most affordable if you take advantage of the food-cart scene, but you'll also save by ordering at a counter. Enjoying alcohol with dinner will add approximately 50% to the cost of your most expensive meal of the day. You can save the most money by staying somewhere with a kitchen and hitting up local grocery stores for DIY Costa Rican cuisine.
Don't expect to pay less than $3 or so per drink in a big city like San Jose, and that's if you're at a run-of-the-mill watering hole. Cocktails can run $10 or more at a club, before the cover charge. Looking to save money? Find some fellow travellers or some nice Costa Rican locals and stay in to party.
Everyone's preferences are different when it comes to daytime activities, so you might need to try our personalized calculator below to get a more accurate estimate for your time in Costa Rica. Our range assumes you're partaking in activities like tours and shows, but prices would be lower if walking and people watching is more your speed.
The lower end of the transportation estimate is for mass transit in a city like San Jose. Remember the prices are per person. The higher end is for taxi and ride-sharing services. Trying to save on transportation costs? Consider staying in the city center and walking from site to site.
Plug in your personal preferences below to calculate the estimated cost of a day in Costa Rica.
Select your preferred grade of accommodation from the options below.
Less of an expense, more of an experience. The only accommodation option calculated per person.
The cheapest way to have your own room in Costa Rica, even if you might have to share a bathroom.
Upscale chain hotel, nice Airbnb, or the luxury resort that opened in 1921 and still features the original windows.
A place for travellers who think of the Hilton as slumming it.
Select your dining preferences from the options below.
Why pay restaurant prices when the best Costa Rican food is served from a cart?
Skip the tip and eat at the counter. Chatting up the owner in broken and rubbing shoulders with trendy Costa Rican locals... what else could you ask for?
Daily trips to the market in search of local ingredients you'll use to whip up something that almost tastes authentic.
Table service, without any expectations about the service.
Rick Steves went here when he did that episode on Costa Rica. What else do we need to say?
Food not served by someone in a tuxedo isn't really food.
We understand, you might have good reason to skip drinks with dinner. Well, a reason anyway.
Choose your nightlife destination.
We're not sure how you're going to manage this if you're not staying at a hostel or speak passable Spanish, but we have faith you'll figure it out.
Hoping to meet the locals? Hoping to get into a barfight? Hoping to save money on drinks? A dive it is.
Pubs are like Costa Rican dive bars with wood panelling and brass fixtures. They also charge a little more for a drink.
Who knew sliced kiwi paired so well with aged brandy? Who knew you had to pay so much to find out?
Pub prices, plus a little extra to tip the musicians. You do tip the musicians, right? Right?
Cocktail bar prices, plus a cover. A small price to pay for the privilege of sweating it out with 200 strangers who might not speak English but are fluent in twerk.
Actually we are keeping track, but only to calculate the cost of your night out in Costa Rica. We promise.
Choose as many activities as you'd like from the selection below.
Art? Chocolate? Tap Water? Spies? There's a museum for that.
Follow the woman with the flag. Or find your seat and put on those headphones. Either way, you're on tour in Costa Rica, baby!
Classical ballet and interpretive burlesque are equally valid forms of cultural expression, and they both cost about the same.
Why spend money on activities when 'borrowing' bicycles and breaking into abandoned buildings to see cool graffiti is free?
Because winning is being able to say you saw it without having to pack your luggage a second time.
The best way to really experience Costa Rica is to sip coffee and people watch. Especially when you spent all your money on that burlesque show.
How will you be getting around?
You get around by taxi, because you're fancy.
Because smelling the locals is part of the experience.
Yeah, good luck with that.
Variables include country, city, and type of hotel. Hostel estimate also includes # of travelers.
C'mon, you know shelter is a basic need, right? Choose a hotel option to see the estimate.
Variables include country, city, type of restaurant, and # of travelers. Lunch cost is a sliding factor of the restaurant choice. Drinks with dinner excludes children, even if they protest.
What, you weren't planning to eat? Choose a food option to see the daily estimate.
Variables include country, city, nightlife option, average # of drinks out, and # of adult travelers.
We get it, you're more of a stay-in-and-play-board-games person, but come on, how often are you in Costa Rica? Get out and enjoy yourself! Choose a nightlife option to see your estimate.
Variables include country, city, activity choice and # of travelers, calculated as the average cost of your selected activities. FYI: shows are expensive, and free adventures are, erm, free.
You do know you're supposed to actually DO things when you travel, right? Choose some activities to see your estimate.
Variables include country, city, transportation preference and # of travelers. The Taxi estimate excludes # of travelers from the calculation, so try not to travel with more people than you can cram into a minivan.
And just how were you planning on getting around? Choose a transport option to see the estimate.
The low range of your trip to Costa Rica, or how much money you'll spend if you pack your own food for the airplane ride and don't believe in tipping.
The high range of your Costa Rican adventure, or how much money you'll spend if you're someone who likes to say "c'mon, we're on vacation!"
Where can your travel budget take you?
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