Puntarenas travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Puntarenas

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Puntarenas for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 862* (463596 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 93 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2347* (1262940 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 200 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 33 per person
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 4587* (2468270 CRC)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Puntarenas compared to Costa Rica in 2019

On average, the cost of living in Puntarenas in 2019 is 26% less than the average cost of living in United States.

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Puntarenas in 2019 compared to average prices in United States:


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Local prices in Puntarenas by expense type

Restaurant budget in Puntarenas

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Puntarenas is 33% cheaper than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8/person
($ 4.5 to $ 11)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 15/person
($ 9.1 to $ 22)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.3/person
($ 6.3 to $ 9.1)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.7 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.3)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.7 to $ 3.7)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.6/can
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3/bottle
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Puntarenas

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Puntarenas is 23% cheaper than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 35/night
($ 23 to $ 48)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 49 to $ 91)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 119/night
($ 94 to $ 155)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 281/night
($ 163 to $ 444)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 40/month
($ 22 to $ 79)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 318/month
($ 64 to $ 1269)

92% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 97/month
($ 60 to $ 145)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 115/month
($ 45 to $ 501)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 169/month
($ 67 to $ 456)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Puntarenas

On average, the price of supermarket food in Puntarenas is 27% cheaper than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 3.7)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 9.1)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.3/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 8.4)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 4.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 5.5)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.3)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.7)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.8
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.6/kg
($ 4.5 to $ 11)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Puntarenas

On average, the price of transport in Puntarenas is 26% cheaper than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
( $ 0.8)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 53/month
( $ 53)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 41/24hrs
($ 41 to $ 41)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Puntarenas

On average, the cost of housing in Puntarenas is 45% cheaper than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 76/month
($ 26 to $ 118)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 63/month
($ 21 to $ 128)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 732/month
($ 586 to $ 821)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 476/month
($ 366 to $ 623)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1109
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1186/month
($ 1186 to $ 1186)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 815/month
($ 684 to $ 946)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1776
Gym
Gym
$ 33/month
( $ 33)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 407/month
($ 174 to $ 639)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8453/yr
($ 4375 to $ 12808)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17419

Leisure activity budget in Puntarenas

On average, budget for leisure activities in Puntarenas is 41% cheaper than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 4.5 to $ 6.5)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
( $ 13)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Puntarenas

On average, shopping budget in Puntarenas is 11% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 1.8 to $ 4.5)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 65
($ 30 to $ 93)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 44
($ 11 to $ 75)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 119
($ 47 to $ 183)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 108
($ 65 to $ 147)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 512
(fair price: $ 446)
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 985
(fair price: $ 799)
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 490
(fair price: $ 415)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 554
(fair price: $ 480)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 501
(fair price: $ 443)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 947
(fair price: $ 837)
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
$ 972
(fair price: $ 893)
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
$ 978
(fair price: $ 878)
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
$ 1574
(fair price: $ 1434)
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
$ 1859
(fair price: $ 1611)
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
$ 1735
(fair price: $ 1559)

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About this information on the cost of living in Puntarenas

The information about the cost of living in Puntarenas shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Puntarenas was updated on 18-11-2019.

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