Transportation – $475
Our transportation total includes Uber, taxis, buses, cabs, shuttle, and a moped with the cost gas.
Taxi ride from San Jose airport to our hotel for the night: $27 (see below for TIP)
Bus to La Fortuna: $8
Moped rental + gas in La Fortuna: $214
Travel Day from La Fortuna to Montezuma included buses/ferry/taxi: $35
Travel Day from Montezuma to Quepos bus/ferry: $60
Taxi/Ubers/Buses while in Quepos: $15
Bus from Quepos to Cahuita: $41
Buses while in Cahuita: $15
Travel from Cahuita to cross the border into Panama: shuttle/bus/taxi: $60
These totals are for both of us.
Ubers are limited in Costa Rica, and every time we took one the driver seemed to want us to keep it on the “down-low.” Meaning he wouldn’t drop us off or pick us up right in front of the bus station because the cab drivers would get angry.
** Christie TIP: Uber will drop you off at the San Jose airport. They are not allowed to pick you up at the airport at arrivals; however, they will pick you up in departures at San Jose airport (SJO).
Transportation between towns
Buses are hit and miss. Our 9 hour trip from La Fortuna to Montezuma included a bus to San Ramon, walk to another bus stop, take a bus to Puntarenas, then a cab to the ferry, then a ferry ride to Paqueras, then a bus ride to Montezuma, then a cab to our Airbnb (because we have too much luggage to walk). If you are a reasonable person with a carryon and maybe a backpack you could probably walk this last leg because it’s a small town. Another learning experience for me is to TAKE LESS STUFF! lol
This travel day was a long and hot day because none of the buses on this route had air conditioning, so it felt we were riding in a sweatbox all day. I was pouring water bottles on my head on the bus to cool off.
When we left Montezuma to Quepos, and for the rest of the month, all the buses were comfortable, and they had air conditioning. Thank God. We always felt safe on the public buses, and most were comfortable with air conditioning.
Groceries & Shopping
Groceries – $475
Because we are staying in all of these countries for an extended period, we usually do a lot of grocery shopping, and we try to cook many meals at home. However, as I stated earlier, we ran into a few issues in Costa Rica. Except for La Fortuna, the prices were the highest in Costa Rica as compared to the other countries we have stayed so far (the Dominican Republic & the Yucatan peninsula). We found prices are considerably higher, there was a lack of selection, and most definitely fewer fruits and vegetables available in the local stores.
We found due to the lack of a stocked kitchen for which to make meals, along with the higher grocery prices and lack of quality fruits and veggies we did not cook as much as we would have liked and this was reflected in the final spending budget.
Generally speaking, the groceries were more expensive than where we are from in Southern California, and the quality was inferior. On a $70 grocery trip in the US, it might be $100 in Costa Rica. Alcohol was a lot more expensive in Costa Rica than at home. For instance, a 12-pack of their local beer called Imperial cost $18.40 and this was the cheapest option. The cheapest bottle of Sauvignon Blanc was $10, and it wasn’t very good.
We bought our Sawyer mini water filter before this trip because we knew water was going to be expensive, so luckily we didn’t have to buy much water.
Shopping and Incidentals – $300
We made a few business purchases this month, and Joel got “Montezuma’s revenge” so that meant a few trips to the pharmacy. Costa Rica has been the most trying for both of our stomach’s, and poor Joel had the full-blown sickness the day before an all-day bus adventure. This may be more information than you want to know so I will leave it at that.
Misc. Monthly Costs – $250
We have our cell phone bill which includes international calling. We go through T-Mobile, and our bill is around $100 a month. We have the global calling plan with T-Mobile; however, we found out that’s only for parttime travelers, not people who plan on being out of United States for longer than 60 days at a time without returning, so we will most likely be purchasing Sim cards in each country. We will keep you updated as to how that works for us.
We pay $100 per month for a storage unit in Phoenix to keep our stuff.
TOTAL COST FOR 4 WEEKS IN COSTA RICA WAS $3,601.
More 2 Traveling Lovers Article & Video links from Costa Rica:
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These are areas in Costa Rice we have traveled to and we recommend staying in these areas based upon our personal experience. Click on the town to be referred to the booking.com link to each city.
We learned a lot during our time in Costa Rica, and we hope to go back again one day to see the areas we didn’t have time to visit. We hope you enjoyed our post on the “Cost of Living For A Couple In Costa Rica”.
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Another item we use daily is our Primocean Backpack with an insulated cooler bag. We use this as Christie’s carryon bag on the plane and as our cooler at our final destination. We used to use a different backpack and we switched to this one because it’s better made of durable material with quality zippers. We love this backpack!! The cooler section is smaller; however, all the compartments and the quality of the backpack make it a much better choice for basically the same cost. We wish we would have thought of this item a long time ago. If you are interested in checking it out here is the Amazon link: Click Here.
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