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August 6th, 2007
Occasionally I get word from my kids in the states about how high the price of gasoline has become. While I sympathize of course, I can’t really get too empathetic as I watch almost weekly as gas prices here just get higher and higher, now reaching over $4.50 per gallon for super.
Yup… super is now selling at 620 colones per liter and that translates to $4.51 per gallon at service stations throughout Costa Rica. All service stations here must sell at the same price. Regular gasoline is now at 584 colons per liter or about $4.25 a U.S. gallon. Not much difference. Sadly, I use super. Ugh.
I am seriously considering selling my car for something that uses diesel as it is a lot cheaper at 424 per liter or about $3.10 a U.S. gallon. That saves me about $24.00 per tank, and as I fill up twice per month, that comes to a whopping $576.00 per year.
I have never owned a car or SUV with a diesel engine, so I only know they seem a lot louder when next to them in traffic. I need to do some investigating, but $576.00 per year is not peanuts.
Those of you planning to live here might want to take that into consideration when choosing your mode of transportation. I think it is also worthwhile noting if you plan to bring your car from your home country… generally not a great idea as discussed here. Obviously this affects tourism as well and I know of no car rental company that offers diesel vehicles.
I wonder why?Filed under Cost of Living, Cost Of Living Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica, Moving to Costa Rica, Travel | Comments (7)