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COSTA RICA by KRISS on 23 november 2015

NO COUNTRY FOR POOR MEN Ok, this is my list so far of just silly expensive things we’ve had in PV Restaurant : $80

- a single pizza.
- half a lobster (we are in Costa Rica remember, lobsters grow on trees).
- 6 slices of bread with tomatoes on it.
- 2 bottles of water.
- 1 glass of white wine

By my standards, $50 would already be kind of expensive for this meal.

Little toucan fluffy toy : $18

Fruits by the road, street seller : $12

- 8 bananas.
- 4 small mangoes.
-1 pineapple

Supermarket basket : $50

- small bag of porridge.
- a shampoo.
- a 6l bottle of water.
- 4 cup noodles.
-2 loafs of bread.
- 4 packs of platanos crisps.
- 2 packs of biscuits.

-1 half tablet of local chocolate at the local market : $5 If only these were rare examples of how someone can spend too much here in Puerto Viejo by buying at the wrong place and getting conned but no, these are all just normal prices in the area.

I have been to many places, I haven’t seen the whole world yet but I have been to expensive places (Japan, Seychelles, Canada) and even lived in expensive places (Scotland, France for instance).

Guys this is getting close to Ginza in Tokyo or Saint Tropez and Cannes on the French Riviera.

The next few weeks we are going to travel our way up to Nicaragua and I am doubtful prices will go down before we cross the border, we have been told that in December some prices even simply double.

As of now, after 1 week reviewing this place as a potential budget traveler, or budget nomad to live, I can definitely and with no appeal tell you that Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo supposedly being one of the cheapest area of the country) will have you stretched on your budget to the extent of leaving you bankrupt, and quick !

This is no country for poor men, I tell you that !

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