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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Gas Prices Going Up

I was reading the local papers after being in the US for a week, and completely out of touch with everything, I found an article about the price of gas and diesel going up in September here in Costa Rica.

A lot of people get freaked out when they ask me what the cost of a gallon of gas is. They actually get this look on their face like I just took away favorite pacifier. Well the reality is that here in Costa Rica, we produce NO oil at all, remember, this is a eco-friendly country, that’s why so many people love it, because the government here protects the environment. So you can’t have your cake and expect to eat is as well do you? The other issue is there is really only one oil processing facility in the country so the oil, once converted to gas has to be shipped all over the place. The good thing is the prices are set by the government, so the local gas station can’t just willy nilly raise the price because they want more profits. The price is based on commodity oil prices on the open market and the exchange rate and other factors.

So hold on to your seat, especially if you are in the US when reading this. Super gasoline will go up 17 colons to 755 colons a liter, and plus gasoline will go up 21 colons to 729 per liter. Using the exchange rate applied by the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos of 500.64 colons to the US dollar, a gallon of super will cost $5.71. Plus gasoline will be $5.51, and diesel will be $4.79 per gallon after a 10-colon per liter increase.

Ok come back up off the floor, hope you did not hurt yourself! As I wrote above I was just in the US and in New Hampshire, I saw prices from $3.29 per gallon all the way up to $3.95 per gallon depending on the grade of gas chosen. Diesel was as high as $4.25 per gallon in some locations.

One day while there, I had to go out and buy a new pair of sneakers as I had a blowout. So I got into a car and headed off with directions in hand from my brother, to the nearest mall or area I could get a new pair. 35 miles later and not getting lost I was there. 35 MILES, can you believe it just hoping to find a pair of shoes that I liked and worked. You see here in this area of Costa Rica, everything is very close so it is all relative. I do not have to drive all over the county just to find a show store, I only have to go a few miles and I have all the shopping I can handle for one day. The same goes for grocery shopping, I just have to go a few miles and have 4 different stores to choses from. So you see it is all relevant to how much you really have to drive and how far you have to go to get what you want. As an example my brother has to drive 65 miles one way just to get to work, that 130 miles round trip, come on you can do the math, and he has been at the same job for over 26 years, just think what that gas bill is per month. I only have to fill my car up twice a month and sometime only every 3 weeks. 

 So when you come to Costa Rica, you know what you are going to be paying for a gallon of gas, and you want have to drive all day to find what you need, that is if you don’t get lost and that’s a whole other issue to talk about.

 As always, thanks to my steady followers for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy some of my rants, craziness and even some good information, if you want to make a comment just send me an email to jaaechef@gmail.com, my personal email address or post it here. If you have an interest in or are just curious about Costa Rica and want to learn more about this Paradise I call home just click this link http://costarica-connection.com/  and sign up for my free Costa Rica live webinars and read some of the blogs posts there.

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 1:50 PM by Joseph A. Emanuelli

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