The above answer is exactly correct. Items imported in to CR are taxed very heavily, so stick to local products that are produced in CR..For example Heinekin is bottled there and is actually less expensive than in the states. Bring back Coffee, it is excellent , and look at products labeling to see if they were made in CR. Many of your familiar items are made there. over 7 years ago
Costa Rica is far more expensive than most people realize. There is a 100% import tax (I think) on all imported products. Basically, anything you would buy in the US is at lease double here!
Dining out is for local good food is relatively inexpensive.
This is a country that can easily nickel and dime you. Between expensive flights getting here, and high prices, it can easily turn out to be a bad choice financially. about 5 years ago
Consideration: Instead of paying cash tips, consider BRINGING extras of the latest outdoor gizmos. Give them as "gifts" for your favorite guide / driver / friend. Due to the high import taxation, the cost of that same item locally (CR) would be far in excess of the typical cash tip. If it's not what they want, they sell it. about 5 years agoAnswered by Ron H via WorldNomads.com