Tamarindo travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Tamarindo

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 44 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1202* (709688 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 100 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 6.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2591* (1529486 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 214 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 5014* (2960202 CRC)

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


Cost of living in Tamarindo compared to Costa Rica in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Tamarindo in 2020 is 15% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Tamarindo in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):



Local prices in Tamarindo by expense type

Restaurant budget in Tamarindo

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Tamarindo is 22% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.5/person
($ 3.8 to $ 9.4)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 8 to $ 29)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.5/person
($ 5.6 to $ 9.4)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.5 for 500ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.8)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.8)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 3.8)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.7/can
($ 0.7 to $ 2.5)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7/bottle
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Tamarindo

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Tamarindo is 4% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 71/night
($ 71 to $ 71)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 45 to $ 90)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 132/night
($ 83 to $ 201)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 296/night
($ 228 to $ 380)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 1119/night
($ 929 to $ 1326)

120% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 54/month
($ 34 to $ 79)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 182/month
($ 85 to $ 337)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 149/month
($ 82 to $ 238)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 130/month
($ 79 to $ 218)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 234/month
($ 133 to $ 407)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Tamarindo

On average, the price of supermarket food in Tamarindo is 24% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

62% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 1 to $ 2.6)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 4.5)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.6/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 6.6)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.1/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 7.6)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3.8/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 7.5)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.9)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.3)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 8.5)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Tamarindo

On average, the price of transport in Tamarindo is 15% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.9/ticket
( $ 1.9)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 55/month
( $ 55)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

73% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.2 to $ 1.3)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 12 to $ 82)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Tamarindo

On average, the cost of housing in Tamarindo is 34% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 87/month
($ 29 to $ 132)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 67/month
($ 29 to $ 77)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 505/month
($ 161 to $ 849)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 566/month
( $ 566)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1099
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1884/month
( $ 1884)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2203
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1036/month
( $ 1036)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 52/month
( $ 52)

33% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 396/month
($ 95 to $ 566)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 952
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7157/yr
($ 1922 to $ 11299)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16573

Leisure activity budget in Tamarindo

On average, budget for leisure activities in Tamarindo is 17% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.6/ticket
($ 3.8 to $ 7.5)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 18/hr
( $ 18)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Tamarindo

On average, shopping budget in Tamarindo is 10% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.8/pack
($ 3.8 to $ 4.7)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 58
($ 35 to $ 85)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 53
($ 29 to $ 71)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 112
($ 77 to $ 170)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 95
($ 58 to $ 152)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

Plane ticket budget

New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 505
(fair price: $ 396)
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 934
(fair price: $ 758)
Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 514
(fair price: $ 434)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 520
(fair price: $ 441)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 559
(fair price: $ 464)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 944
(fair price: $ 832)
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
$ 978
(fair price: $ 891)
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
$ 971
(fair price: $ 863)
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
$ 1590
(fair price: $ 1420)
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
$ 1830
(fair price: $ 1590)
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
$ 1757
(fair price: $ 1559)

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About this information on the cost of living in Tamarindo

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

The information about the cost of living in Tamarindo was updated on 19-09-2020.

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