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Costa Rica Cost Of Living: How San Jose Compares

You’ll also probably end up at the restaurant where you’re staying a couple of times and meal tabs at luxury resorts and lodges tend to be quite a bit higher. Then there’s room service, poolside service and of course the mini-bar. There also tend to be a lot more people with their hand out after serving you because part of the definition of luxury is more servants – don’t forget to add the tips. This pub in La Fortuna is one of our places to eat and drink. The food is excellent, they have a variety of craft beers and they also have live music and games.

A cool new beer they’re brewing here contains blueberry and coconut flavors – I can’t wait to try it when I return to San Jose. In thebustling city of San Jose, in the Barrio Escalante district, to be exact, is this excellent microbrewery. In fact,Costa Rica Beer Factoryis the most-awarded brewery in all of Costa Rica.

I didn’t factor these costs into my original budget plans. Throw in a couple of powerbars ($3 each), two gatorades ($3 each) and a bag of chips ($2) for snacks on the road or while you’re hiking. Mytanfeet is full of local tips, detailed guides, photos, videos and maps to help you plan the perfect ​trip to Costa Rica. Rock Ice is a Costa Rican beer with an “ice brewing” process. It’s more of a spritzer since they have flavors like Rock Ice Lime and Golden Monkey which taste like alcoholic soda.

You can find a variety of imported beer in Costa Rica at the supermarket. You can also find them at the bars and restaurants but they will mostly have Heineken or Corona. Sometimes you can find it for around 900 CRC (1.60 USD), but that’s very rare and usually during a happy hour. At a convenience store, you can get a bottle of beer for 700 CRC (1.20 USD) and a bottle of Guaro for 1,000 CRC (1.80 USD). Bellow you can find information about food and beverages prices in supermarkets and groceries.You can read also about prices in hotels, cafes and restaurants in Costa Rica. When I paid with Colones it ended up actually costing me more.

The bartender was alert and let us try each of the beers until we found our favorite – I really loved the mango pale ale and strong IPA! Overall, the food and beer experience was unforgettable – coupled with a great atmosphere and awesome helpful staff. QCOSTARICA – The owners of bars and restaurants predict an increase in the price of beers and “bocas” , due to the recent rise in the cost of raw materials. While that’s not too expensive, it’s easy for it to add up. If you’re backpacking Costa Rica, my suggested budget is 30,000-35,000 CRC per day.

Driving in Costa Rica in most places is relatively easy if you are familiar with driving overseas. Depending on where you are heading, we will often recommend a high clearance AWD vehicle. Some of the puerto rico breweries eco lodges are reached only by boat (e.g. Pacuare, all lodges in Tortuguero and some lodges in the Golfo Dulce). Restaurants often add a service fee to your bill, which makes tipping unnecessary.

Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Playa Tamarindo pioneered craft beer in Guanacaste when they started their own microbrewery in 2011, the Volcano Brewing Company. In Tilaran on Lake Arenal is the first microbrewery in Costa Rica, Lake Arenal Brewery. There you can try their 8 house beers including Pradise Pale and the IPA as favorites. It has one of the best views of the lake to enjoy a burger and beer. Treintaycinco is another big brewery in Costa Rica with a large variety of stouts, IPA’s and barley wine.

For smaller purchases, you will often pay in USD and get CRC back. It’s good to have both US dollars (in denominations no larger than $20) as well as colones. Accommodation is always going to be one of your biggest expenses. For 10,000 CRC per night you can get a decent place to stay. Prices have jumped post-COVID so you’ll be hard-pressed to travel for less than I spent. My miscellaneous expenses were things like laundry, sunscreen, a poncho, and the departure tax.

In fact, this was one of our favoriteplaces to eat in Jaco. As previously mentioned, sodas are local restaurants that serve cheap food. Given the disparity in price between local and imported goods, you are bound to get a good deal at a soda.