A week-long vacation in Costa Rica can cost anything from $1400 to over $2500 per person. The price of the trip will be affected primarily by the type of accommodation you choose, and the kind (and the number) of activities that are included in the tour. Meals and transportation can also affect the cost of the trip but to a lesser degree.
On average, a week-long trip can cost from $1,400 to $1,550 if it includes mid-priced accommodations and only a few popular activities such as ziplining or nature hikes.
If you are looking to enjoy beachfront lodging, multi-bedroom suites, or more luxurious accommodations, and you want to include exclusive activities such as deep-sea fishing, the price of your trip can quickly increase to over $2,500 per person per week.
One important thing to consider is that those general prices do not contemplate airfare or alcoholic beverages.
Also, remember that the total cost of your trip will vary depending on the time of the year you choose to visit. During the high season (December to April), you should expect to pay the highest price at most hotels. Costs are lowered during the green season, which means the rainy season (May to November). Learn more in our article, Best Time to Visit Costa Rica.
Note: All prices used in this article are USD.
How much does a round trip to Costa Rica cost?
There are more than 25 different airlines that weekly connect the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José and the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia with 38 different destinations around the world. Some of those airlines have daily flights to more than one destination.
On average, there are around 450 weekly flights that come to Costa Rica from the Americas and Europe. The total amount of flights grows during the high season between December and April.
That is why when you start planning your trip to Costa Rica, you should take the time to look at different flight options. Try to keep flexible dates and flight itineraries.
One can find round trip flights or as little as $300 if you are coming from destinations like Miami, Huston, Panama, México, and sometimes even from New York. But in general, the fight from other less connected destinations in the US can be as high as $800-$1,000.
A round trip airfare from Europe costs around $1,000, but sometimes you can find flight itineraries from cities like Madrid, Frankfurt or London, for as little as $600.
How much does lodging cost in Costa Rica?
Because Costa Rica has dedicated so much to creating an excellent tourism industry, there are lodging options for everyone’s taste and budget.
You can find everything from hostels that only cost a few US dollars per night, to hotels and luxury lodges that cost more than $500 per night.
One can find fantastic lodging for around $100 double occupancy, almost anywhere in Costa Rica. There are different lodging options that you should consider besides the traditional hotel or resort. We always recommend that you try to avoid informal lodging because there is no guarantee of the quality of the service you will receive and the safety of hosts and guests.
How much do food and other items cost in Costa Rica?
Depending on where you decide to eat, you can end up paying for your dinner as much as you would in a fine dining restaurant in New York City. But do not stress, Costa Rica also offers a lot of food options that are affordable and even inexpensive.
In a traditional Costa Rican restaurant, called a “soda,” a good Costa Rican meal, like a casado, can cost around $8. This will be a huge meal that could probably hold you for the day (with maybe a small snack at the end of the day). Learn more about Costa Rica’s traditional cuisine.
Breakfast is also huge and can cost around $6, including a delicious cup of Costa Rican coffee.
But if you want to try the new Costa Rican cuisine, you can find, almost at every destination, a restaurant that is experimenting with fusion cuisine. There you can try exotic tropical ingredients beautifully and tastefully presented. The cost of a meal at such restaurants can vary from $15 to $40 a plate, sometimes a bit more if you decide to eat a dish that includes lobster or imported products.
One thing that is important to mention is that alcohol, in general, is expensive in Costa Rica. A beer at a bar can cost from $2 for local beers to $6 for artisanal and imported beers.
If you are looking to buy bottled water, a 12 oz bottle can cost $1.5.
One thing that is very affordable (and also delicious) in Costa Rica is fruit, especially the fruit that is in season. For example, mangos are in season from March to May, and you can find it in local markets for as little as $0.40 per pound.
How much does transportation cost in Costa Rica?
In Costa Rica, you can opt to use public transportation like buses, taxi cabs, and local airlines, to private services like shuttles, private drivers, private flights, or a rental car. We do not recommend that you opt for a rental because driving around Costa Rica can be a little tricky. We also advise that you stay very alert when it comes to public transportation. Learn more in our article on Costa Rica transportation.
In general, land transportation is very affordable in Costa Rica. The bus network that exists can reach even the most remote places at least a couple of times a week. A bus fare inside the central valley can cast between $1 to $5; buses that go to the beach or the northern region can cost up to $15.
To hire a private driver for parts of your trip, or to accompany you during your total stay in the country can cost, on average, $100 a day, including the vehicle and the driver. If you are visiting Costa Rica with your family or with a group of people, this option will be affordable. Also, it will be very advantageous, since an experienced Costa Rican driver will take you to your destination, and at the same time he or she will share his knowledge of the country with you.
How much do activities cost when traveling in Costa Rica?
The cost of activities in Costa Rica is also very varied, just like lodging.
More popular activities like zipline/canopy tours, hanging bridges, or visiting wildlife rescue centers can cost around $40 per person. Other activities that take longer, such as white water rafting, can cost around $75.
Non-Costa Rican visitors pay between $5 and $18 per day to visit different national parks and biological reserves.
How much do different types of trips to Costa Rica cost?
As mentioned above, the cost of a trip to Costa Rica depends on the lodging you choose, the activities you include, and the time of year that you visit. Here are some considerations for the most popular trips to Costa Rica.
How much does a Family Vacation to Costa Rica cost?
If you need to keep your trip very affordable…spend a lot of time at the beach, where sand, sun, and water will keep everybody happy and busy. We have a few suggestions of The Best Beaches in Costa Rica for Families. Another way to keep you affordable is by staying at a resort, but that will cost you authenticity and get served generic experiences.
If you have a bit more budget, include several adventure activities in your family vacation in Costa Rica to make the trip absolutely memorable!
Costa Rica Honeymoon
Honeymoons in Costa Rica are incredibly delightful and romantic but know that it can be a little costly if you want to indulge yourself (and you should).
We love to plan honeymoon trips, and we make sure that you can enjoy as much time as possible with your loved one feeling in paradise.
Even though Costa Rica is such a popular destination in the world, there are still places where you can be almost alone surrounded by great luxury. Visiting those parts of Costa Rica can be a bit more costly, but it will only make your trip even more special.
Costa Rica Destination Wedding
Destination Weddings can be costly, mostly depending on the type of accommodations you decide to use and also the kind of wedding you want to have.
Costa Rica has a very established destination-wedding industry. You can choose from celebrating your wedding at beach resorts, reducing the cost by using the resorts’ amenities. Or you can have a very exclusive and tailored wedding in private villas with an event created just for you.
Solo Adventure Trip to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a land of diverse wildlife and landscapes. Therefore, here you can enjoy all kinds of adventures, from mountain biking to white water rafting to sports fishing. These adventures tend to be more costly than other more popular activities, so be aware that the cost of this kind of trip can be higher.
John Rabenau has been working in the eco-tourism & adventure travel industry in Costa Rica since 2002. He has worked in a variety of capacities from Outdoor Educator & Principle Guide to Itinerary Design Manager & Business Owner for numerous organizations. He has grown Costa Rica Escapes into one of the most reputable Costa Rica travel agencies since its creation in 2006, hosting more than 5,000 people with custom vacation itineraries.