For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 2003 to 2017. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 0.2 kidnappings per 100,000 people with a minimum of 0.1 kidnappings per 100,000 people in 2003 and a maximum of 0.3 kidnappings per 100,000 people in 2005. The latest value from 2017 is 0.2 kidnappings per 100,000 people. 3) Pura Vida - Don't worry, be happy. Reason to visit: Pura vida - what a fun phrase and way of life. While it literally translates to "pure life", the more practical definition would be don't worry, it will be alright. Pura vida is a way of life down here. Summary of cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica. Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₡ 1,924,552. Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 817,676. Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 89% of cities in Latin America (5 out of 37) Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 57% of cities in the.