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Costa Rica: Why are things so expensive??

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Am I missing something? I understand why Hawaii, Europe, etc. is expensive. The "cost of living is high". . .

And, yes, I know you can go the "hostel" route and "rough it" in CR BUT it seems that the moderate hotels, resorts, etc. offer much less than comparable priced places in Hawaii and other more developed countries. Same with moderate priced restaurants, transportation, tours, etc.

I really thought things would be a lot more inexpensive. My reasoning is that the "cost of living" must be cheaper that Hawaii and Europe.
My reasoning is obviously faulty.

I'm planning for a Jan trip and it is really an eye opener as to the prices! BUT we are so excited to be going!

BUT please help my to understand why things seem so "pricey" for what you get.

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