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COSTA RICA by KRISS on 15 november 2015

LIFE COSTS IN PUERTO VIEJO What was my surprise yesterday morning when we headed to the local supermarket to get some food ! After a couple of days with barely no other food than dried fruits I was starving and craving for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Also I needed some solid food in my body.

So we went to 2 different supermarkets in Puerto Viejo, one is called Old Harbor and the other one I can’t remember but is on the way out south of Puerto Viejo.

The first difficulty was to find prices.
They are labeled individually on each item when they are labelled.
It is very easy for someone, a tourist for instance to put an expensive item in their basket without noticing it.
Ok aside from that, there could be more choice of fruits and vegetables but you can pretty much find anything you need.

But this is where it gets ugly : we looked at all the prices and got cheap stuff.
Anyhow for $80 or 75€ more or less, we only got about half as much as what we usually get at the supermercado Mercadona in Nerja, let’s not even mention LIDL.

This was a shock for me : we expected the prices not to be as dirt cheap as a country such as neighbor Nicaragua or Thailand or India, but more expensive than Europe, come on guys be serious for a minute.

An avocado in Puerto Viejo (which is supposedly according to many travelers blogs and nomads, one of the cheapest places in Costa Rica) cost more than 1€ a piece !!! This is unbelievable.
I had to put in perspective everything I read and understand that the objectivity of most of the posts I read on the topic needed some distance.
They are written by young lads or lassies who compare the price of getting a bear and a full meal at a restaurant between their gold expensive cities in the US and Costa Rica.
For sure, half a bocadillo doesn’t cost $8 in Costa Rica but it is far, far from cheap and this is actually going to determine what we do for the next few weeks and months.
We knew this could be an issue when we decided to land in San Jose and we had always in mind, Nicaragua and Mexico as other options.
The latter is perhaps going to happen unless the Corcovado area on the pacific coast which is our next stop proves more reasonable.

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