Cost of living on Curaçao

Kosten leven op Curacao
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When you think of Curaçao you may not think of the same prices as the Netherlands or more expensive. In this blog we give you insight into the prices of daily life on Curaçao!

Shopping on Curaçao

One of the nicest things abroad is going to the supermarket, we think. You discover new products and everything goes differently than in your home country. You will immediately notice the prices in the supermarket. These are usually a lot more expensive than in Europe. Why? That is actually quite simple if you think about it.

Curaçao is not a self-sufficient island, which means that we have to import products for the supermarket from other countries. All these products must therefore be transported by plane or boat and also consider the cooled products. The costs of transport are thus higher, making the price of the product more expensive! In addition, import duties must also be paid because Customs must also earn a living. All in all, you can therefore calculate that almost all products are more expensive than you are used to. This results in higher expenses for food and drinks.

In this blog we assume 1 person and then you lose around 10 ANG for a simple meal, think of a pasta bolognese or a pizza. Are you really going to cook a more elaborate meal then you will quickly get the 20-25 ANG per meal.

Then of course you also have to have breakfast and lunch. Bread is the same price here as in the Netherlands, so for a loaf of bread you have to spend around 3-5 ANG. A jar of peanut butter from Calvé quickly costs 7 ANG, so it is pricey again. Drinking is about twice as much as in the Netherlands, but you have a wide range of A and B brands here, so pay attention when buying your product.

We have checked with our own residents and on average everyone loses 200 ANG per week and this includes a beer that is in the fridge!

Car costs on Curaçao

In this blog we assume that you rent a car and that the insurance is included in the rent. An average rental price for a tidy car is around 1000 ANG per month. Of course you also have to refuel this car, otherwise you won't get ahead. Hey, an advantage because refueling on Curaçao is cheap! You pay around 1.85 ANG per liter so that is much cheaper than in the Netherlands.

Every month liter prices are set on the island and every gas station must apply these rates. So it makes no sense to "shop" at the cheapest gas station because everyone has the same price.

What does Gas / Water / Electricity cost on Curaçao?

One of the most expensive cost items in Curaçao are the utilities. This has to do with the fact that the island is not large but has to run machines to generate all this. The price per household is therefore quite high to pay for the machines, etc. You can assume that water and electricity are 7 - 10 times as expensive in the Netherlands.

Most residences charge all-in rates, but with some residences you have to pay an additional 100 ANG per month for the use of water and electricity. Believe us, this really isn't a lot of money!

Gas on the other hand is cheap and you only use it for cooking because we don't have a central heating system for stoves here! Filling a small gas bomb costs 13 ANG and you can easily cook it for 4 - 5 months if you are alone.

Rent for your room / appartment

When you go to Curaçao and you are still young, it is extra nice to live in a student villa or apartment complex. In this way you have fast contact with fellow peers and you can do fun things together.

On average, a room in a student villa costs 750 ANG, so you will certainly lose this per month. Often this also includes gas, water and electricity! If you want to rent an apartment, it depends on the location where you rent the apartment. If you come closer to Willemstad or Jan Thiel, you will soon be 1500 - 2000 ANG and around 1000 ANG in the suburbs.

Sports on Curaçao

In the Netherlands, exercising is really a Do and many people regularly exercise a few times a week. That also happens in Curaçao, but of course you don't have any major sports competitions here because it's just an island.

You do have several gyms here where you can work out with and without air conditioning. The average price of a sports subscription is 150 ANG per month.

All in all, you can therefore assume that you will need around 2000 ANG per month to be able to live here on Curaçao!

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