Budget House Hunting Costa Rica

Costa Rica is infiltrated with expensive luxurious vacation homes not ideal for someone on a budget looking to move long-term to this beautiful country.  When I mean budget I am talking $200-500 per month for rent and utilities. It is easy to find a nice western style home for several thousand a month and maybe even more in the dry season. There are a plethora of condos sprinkled throughout Costa Rica, if that is what you are looking for the amenities of American living- gated community, A/C, granite counters, pools, no locals, etc.. However, for my husband and I we wanted to be living in Costa Rica not an American community so conveniently located in Costa Rica. We wanted to be surrounded by monkeys, locals and the jungle and of course close to the beach. We chose an area twenty minutes south of Samara, Esterones, a small village where we have American friends and Tico friends the best of both worlds. Finding a “budget house” can be difficult if you want a few western luxuries such as a washer machine, closed in ceilings so the bugs don’t come in so easily (many Tico houses leave a gap between the ceiling and walls), screens on the windows, and a stove/oven. These type of budget houses are usually not advertised on the Internet and are found more easily by being in Costa Rica driving around asking the locals and by word of mouth. Leases are also not exactly used like the states no background, credit checks or reference checks. Most places I would say are month to month or leased by a verbal contract- Pura Vida Needless to say after 2 months of couch surfing and cabina living we found the perfect home for us! We needed to outfit the house pots/pans, dishes, sheets/pillows, food stuff. The house came furnished minus some living essentials. The best place to shop and stock up on things is to make the trek to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. In San Jose you will find a Price Smart (Costco- you will need a membership- $30/yrs or a friend with a membership) where you can get good cheese, alcohol, etc., Pequeno Mundo is another good place to go it is comparable to the Dollar Store in the States. They have a variety of things dishes, silverware, clothes, food etc. We also went to the mall in Escazu which has a home store comparable to Z Gallery in the states, but you can sometimes find good deals here for better quality. We purchased a set of dishes for 4 people for $20. Plus, there is a movie theater here so once done shopping it is always fun to hit up a movie since it is a rare thing to do in Costa Rica unless you live in a bigger city with a movie theater such as Liberia or San Jose. EPA is another good place for house shopping it’s the equivalent to Home Depot in the states, your typical large hardware store. http://www.pricesmart.com/ http://www.pequenomundo.com/index-en.html http://www.pequenomundo.com/stores.html http://www.multiplazamall.com/ http://www.epa.co.cr:9080/PortalEPA/inicio.do?codpais=CR

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2 thoughts on “Budget House Hunting Costa Rica

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