Cartago, Costa Rica Travel Guide

Last updated: 2021
All prices are listed in US dollars
Cost of living metrics are based on minimum living expenses for one person

A midsized city (but since it’s Costa Rica, it’s among one of the largest in the country), located about 25km from San Jose. Like most of Costa Rica’s larger cities, Cartago is often skipped by tourists in favor of the jungle or beaches.

POPULATION: 160,000

 

WEATHER IN CARTAGO

16°C to 25°C. A fairly comfortable temperature year round; can see a lot of rain during the winter months.

 

SAFETY IN CARTAGO

Safer than nearby San Jose, but it’s still a good idea to remain vigilant. Same old stuff. During the day it’s fine, during the night, opt for a taxi rather than walking.

 

MUST DO

The Basilica is Cartago’s main attraction. It’s an impressive church.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN CARTAGO

$600/month in rent is doable in Cartago. We don’t suggest trying to rent something much below this figure.

 

COST OF LIVING IN CARTAGO

Although a midsized city, Cartago is not that cheap. You’ll find grocery, restaurant and entertainment prices run high relative to other Latin American destinations. We recommend a minimum budget of $1700/month.

 

DATING IN CARTAGO

Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with singles in Cartago and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, we recommend it.

 

LEARNING SPANISH IN CARTAGO

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN CARTAGO

There isn’t much for a foreigner to do here in terms of work. English levels are rather high, so even finding an English teaching position may prove difficult.

 

IS THERE UBER IN CARTAGO

Yes, UBER operates in Cartago.

 

IS CARTAGO A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

For the expat looking for a few more big city amenities than they’d find in a small beach or jungle town, but aren’t up for the hustle of San Jose, Cartago is a sound choice.