When I tell people that my family lives in Costa Rica, they often respond with things like, “Yeah, I hear it’s really cheap there.”.
No, it’s not.
Overall, the cost of living is a bit lower than in the US. And you can live cheaply if you’re frugal and don’t mind a very basic lifestyle. But if you want the amenities that you have back home, you’ll be spending at least 60% of your usual budget, and possibly much, much more.