A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Acapulco de Juarez vs. Ensenada

Should you visit Acapulco de Juarez or Ensenada?

Should I visit Acapulco de Juarez or Ensenada? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Acapulco de Juarez

Located on the southwestern Pacific Coast of Mexico is the beautiful beach city of Acapulco de Juarez. Acapulco is one of the original travel and resort destinations in Mexico, and it's still considered a popular spring break destination for Americans. Known as simply "Acapulco" to many travelers, this region is a popular spot for cruise lines to stop and timeshares to grow. Thanks to those cruise lines and timeshares, tourist activities like water parks and jet skis have experienced considerable growth.

Ensenada

Ensenada is on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of Tijuana. It's the only deep water port in the state of Baja California and as such, it is an important commerical fishing port as well as a cruise ship destination. The city has a population of almost 500,000 and is located just 78 miles south of San Diego. The city sits between the ocean and a small mountain range. The surrounding area is known for its wine production, which produces some of the best wine in Mexico.

Which city is cheaper, Ensenada or Acapulco de Juarez?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Acapulco de Juarez is $44, while the average daily cost in Ensenada is $28. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Acapulco de Juarez and Ensenada in more detail.




Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $24. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Acapulco de Juarez the cost is $48 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $21. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ensenada the cost is $42 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Acapulco de Juarez $24
    Ensenada $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Acapulco de Juarez $48
    Ensenada $42


Food

In Acapulco de Juarez travelers spend around $14 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

While meal prices in Ensenada can vary, the average travelers spends about $5.53 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Ensenada should cost around $2.21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ensenada is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Acapulco de Juarez $14
    Ensenada $5.53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Acapulco de Juarez

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Acapulco de Juarez.

  • Cliff Divers Show With Dinner Or Two Drinks At Acapulco: $61


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.54 per day to get around in Acapulco de Juarez.

The average price of local transportation around Ensenada is $2.77 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Acapulco de Juarez $6.54
    Ensenada $2.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Acapulco de Juarez

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Acapulco de Juarez:

  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $40
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $80
  • Acapulco Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • Private Airport Transfer: Acapulco Int. Airport (ACA) to Acapulco de Juarez: $24
  • Round trip transfer Private Car from-to Acapulco Airport-ACA-Bahía de Acapulco: $43
  • Transfer in Private Car from Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Bahía de Acapulco: $22
  • Transfer in private minivan from Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Bahía de Acapulco: $25


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $11 per person, per day in Acapulco de Juarez. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Ensenada's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $2.48 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Acapulco de Juarez $11
    Ensenada $2.48

Tours and Activities in Acapulco de Juarez

Here are a few actual costs in Acapulco de Juarez for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Acapulco Acarey Yatch Cruise: $37
  • Acapulco Sightseeing &Best Taco Lunch+Baby Turtle Release(MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS): $42
  • Acapulco City Tour: $43
  • Acapulco Historical & Cultural Tour: $55
  • LUCHA LIBRE WRESTLING TOUR + Buffete of Brazilian Steakhouse= BEST NIGHT EVER!: $92
  • Acapulco Eco-Tour: $93
  • Coyuca Town Tour and Baby Turtle Release: $98
  • Taxco Tour From Acapulco: $163

Tours and Activities in Ensenada

Here are a few actual costs in Ensenada for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Tourist guide in the Wine Country (Valle de Guadalupe) Ensenada: $11
  • Las Cañadas Canopy Tour in Ensenada: $28
  • The Bufadora Tour: $32
  • La Bufadora Tour in Baja California: $33
  • Scenic Bufadora & Flea Market Shopping Private Tour: $35
  • Ensenada Travels Tours: $64
  • best tours ensenada: $64
  • Las Canadas Ecopark and Bufadora private tour: $65
  • Ensenada Shore Excursion: City Tour & La Bufadora: $68
  • Guadalupe Valley Wine Route Tour in Baja California: $77
  • Private tour in Valle de Guadalupe: $80
  • Tuk Tuk, Beach and Bar Tour: $90


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Acapulco de Juarez may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $4.13 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ensenada may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.07 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Acapulco de Juarez $4.13
    Ensenada $2.07

Sample the Local Flavors in Ensenada

Also in Ensenada, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Private wine tour: $65
  • Private Full-Day Wine Tour in Valle de Guadalupe: $89
  • Valle de Guadalupe Wine Tour, All Inclusive by AKA Expeditions.: $140
  • Valle de Guadalupe Off The Beaten Path Wine Tasting: $505



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Acapulco de Juarez and Ensenada, we can see that Acapulco de Juarez is more expensive. And not only is Ensenada much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ensenada would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ensenada and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Acapulco de Juarez would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Acapulco de Juarez than you might in Ensenada.

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