The cost to rent a two bedroom home in Pedasi with one to two bathrooms is US $800 and up. The price for gasoline is about $1.20 per liter ($4.53 per gallon). Food is in the markets and at restaurants is a little more expensive because Pedasi is a tourist town. If you live in Pedasi, however, you can find daily specials at restaurants. You can also buy your food from “the veggie truck” and you can buy your fish from “the fish guy” to save money and get extremely fresh items.
A family of two would spend probably $400 per month on groceries in Pedasi.
If you’re going to run your air conditioning every day, your electricity bill will be substantially higher than if you don’t. I believe that when we had the two-bedroom home here in Pedasi and we ran the air conditioning only at night, our electricity bill was between $100 - $110 per month.
The price for water is minimal. The highest bill we ever got for water was $20 per month and that was when we were watering the grass a lot in the dry season.
If you have a house and have to pay a garbage fee, it would be around $20 per year (not per month, but per year).
In Pedasi a couple could definitely live like you live in the States for under $2,000 per month, and this would be living pretty good.
If you really wanted to be on a budget, you could probably rent a casita in town for under $500 per month, but it would have no air conditioning, very minimal amenities, no hot water; that type of thing. You could live like they say you can online at under $1,000 per month, but only if you live without those luxuries.
You can walk to the beach (which doesn’t cost anything) and if you want to, you can ride your bicycle around town in order to save money, or just because you like to.