We found this following article to be very useful as many students ask us how much is the cost of traveling in Costa Rica. It´s not an easy question and it all depends what you are looking for. The article can be used as a guide for your upcoming trip to Costa Rica. In order to give you a quick overview of each category we summarized the most important facts for you.
Cost of Traveling in Costa Rica—SUMMARY
Flying: In terms of flights to Costa Rica, like every other situation, ticket prices vary and often depend on the time of year. Luckily, very recently there have been a lot more flights added to Costa Rica. Because of these recent additions and increase in options, flights are becoming cheaper.
Tips: -Use websites such as Kayak, Momondo, and Skyscanner
-Flying into San Jose is often cheaper
– Sign up for price alert
Accommodation: As Costa Rica is very touristic, there are many options. Throughout the country there are many hostels and hotels along with unique resorts (all inclusive), treehouses, eco-friendly lodges, campsites, yoga retreats and surf camps. Accommodations in CR also vary a lot by price ranging from $15 to $500 a night. There are many options that can fit your financial budget.
Average Prices: Hostel: dorm ($10-15) or private room ($25)
Basic Hotel: $35-75
Mid-Range Hotel: $100-175
High End Hotel: $200 and up
All Inclusive Resorts: $250 and up
1 week surf camp: $800-1500
Tips: -travel during the off/rainy season (May-Nov)
– September and October are the cheapest months to travel
– Like and be active on Facebook and/or other social media
– Be open to trying alternative accommodations (AirBnB, CouchSurfing)
– Use sites such as Hotels.com, Booking.com, Hotelscombined
Transportation: There are many ways to get around CR including the following:
Public Transportation- It may take a bit longer but it is the cheapest, most authentic way to travel the country.
Taxis- More ideal for shorter trips. It is important to use one´s with a meter or determine the price before you begin your journey.
Shuttle: A shuttle can cost anywhere from $50-200. It often depends on the distance and the number of passengers.
Car rental: prices are reasonable depending on where you go and how much research.
Flying: Nature Air and Sansa Air are the two airlines in CR that fly to 13 different destinations. Flights are typically $100-250
Tours: Ziplining-$55-85 (many different options), White Water Rafting- $80-120, Sunset Sailing-$70-95 (half day, very inclusive), Half Day Sport Fishing- $500 (includes equiptment), Two Tank Dive- $115, Combo Adventure Tour- $100-120 (includes multiple tours), National Park Entrance Fee- $8-16 for foreigners (Locals pay $2), Surf Lesson-$40-60 (includes board rental), Horse Riding-$60-90 (depending on length and location).
Tips: -Many of these prices are lowered in the off season
– Bargaining is possible
-Book on your own, not through a hotel
Food: Food prices vary across the country. Traditionally lunch can be bought for $5-10.
Tips: – Avoid eating in touristy places
-Look for bakeries (panaderias)
– Ask the locals! (usually a good tip for most things!!!)
– Drink the tap water (it is very safe!)
Souvenirs: It is possible to find souveniers everywhere but they are typically not cheap. A good way to save money is to bargain or try alternative stores, for example, the supermarket.
**Tipping is not mandatory here, but if you feel obliged, a standard percentage is %10