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Lower Gas Prices in Costa Rica

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When gas prices drop in Costa Rica it is a big deal for consumers!  Costa Rican’s pay some of the highest gas prices in all of Central America.  This decrease has been one of the largest and thus, most exciting for Costa Rica.

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) approved a new decrease in the per-liter price of fuel, the second consecutive one during January.  the approval will mean a ₡43 drop in the price of Super gasoline, a ₡49 decrease for Plus gasoline, and a ₡48 decrease for diesel. Per-liter prices will change from ₡580 to ₡537 ($1.10-1.02) for a liter of Super gasoline, while Regular gasoline will change from ₡552 to ₡503 ($1.04-0.95) and diesel will decrease from ₡522 to ₡474 ($0.99-0.90). So on an average, we are now paying about $3.59 a gallon for Regular gas! Yay!

This drop in pricing will make a big difference in the wallets of both the locals and expats that live in this beautiful paradise.


If you’ve never been to the gas station in Costa Rica, it may remind you of the gas stations in the United States back before the 70’s. Here, you never have to leave your vehicle. Attendants pump your gas, will check your oil if you ask, wash your windshield and take your money! Getting out and pumping your own gas is one habit that was easy to break, that’s for sure! For those that travel late at night, have no fear…..most gas stations are open 24 hours a day!



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