Barbados vs Costa Rica - Cost of Living Comparison

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Barbados Costa Rica
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1348
$1148
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3562
$2912
🏠 One person rent
$552
$516
🏘️ Family rent
$1242
$968
🍽️ Food expenses
$595
$443
🚐 Transport expenses
$67.4
$60.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1412
$881
💸 GDP per capita
$20239
$13365
😃 Human freedom index
7.72
8.04
❤️ Life expectancy
77.6
77
👮 Corruption perceptions index
69
55
🌐 English speaking %
98.6%
8.2%
🎓 Higher education
32
76
😀 Quality of life
65
58
🏙️ Population
286K
5.21M

The average cost of living in Barbados ($1348) is 17% more expensive than in Costa Rica ($1148). Barbados ranked 40th vs 58th for Costa Rica in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1 months in Barbados compared to 0.8 months in Costa Rica. Ranked 50th and 65th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Barbados vs Costa Rica

We calculate prices for Barbados and Costa Rica as a population-weighted mean of 2 and 9 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Barbados Costa Rica
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.1
$9.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$79.9
$47.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.01
$8.87
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.61
$3.02
 Cappuccino
$4.87
$3.67
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.57
$1.7
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$570
$604
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$399
$379
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1538
$1125
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$976
$780
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$67.2
$50.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$103
$78.1
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$51.4
$41.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.8%
8.78%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3519
$1782
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3480
$1388
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.74
$0.95
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$36.5
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$27.2
$13.5
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.08
$1.44
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$3.54
$1.98
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.48
$2.3
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.11
$2.11
🥚 Eggs, x12
$5.2
$3.29
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16
$9.44
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$8.53
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$12.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.12
$4.63
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.74
$1.21
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.68
$2.27
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.82
$2.54
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.75
$2.43
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.29
$2.13
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.43
$1.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$3.16
$2.9
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$16.7
$14.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.06
$2.27
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.97
$4.67
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$12.7
$6.95
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.94
$7.98
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.17
$3.03
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.31
$3.21
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$66.9
$55.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$9.95
$6.98
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.4
$62.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.82
$13.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$79.8
$79.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$139
$116
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$244
$361
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$5390
$11099

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Barbados

City Cost of living Population
Bridgetown
$1349
110K
Holetown
$1296
1.6K

In Costa Rica

City Cost of living Population
San Jose
$1158
342K
Liberia
$1218
67.1K
Limon
$1139
60.7K
Alajuela
$1158
48.3K
Puntarenas
$1016
41.5K
Cartago
$1003
22.8K
Heredia
$1039
19K
Tamarindo
$1463
8.14K
Santa Teresa
$1104
3K