Everything is expensive in Costa Rica! It was a shock to us how much prices increased from Nicaragua.
All exchange rates are based on £1:740 colones. Make sure you get rid of these colones when you go into Panama, as they're hard to change past the border.
Our biggest cost here by far was activities, and we restrained ourselves. You could spend a fortune here on canopy tours, rafting, surf camps. This figure could easily triple without too much difficulty.
Food is also a big cost. We found some food items were way over-priced, and for this we watched what we bought. For example, some sausages which we had bought in other countries for around $2usd had been subject to Costa Rican inflation and were closer $15usd for the same product.
Our van maintenance budget here is high as this is the only country we have managed to get Land Rover parts. We splurged to get Dougal back up to par.
Fuel was the same price nation wide ie 619 colones ($1.48usd/ 0.87GBP) per litre.
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