A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Acapulco de Juarez vs. Puerto Vallarta for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Acapulco de Juarez or Puerto Vallarta?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Acapulco de Juarez or Puerto Vallarta? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Acapulco de Juarez or Puerto Vallarta?

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.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta remains a popular tourist destination with Americans, particularly during spring break when students flock to the area. The area is quite beautiful and has many gorgeous beaches, interesting jungles and waterfalls nearby, and no shortage of luxury resorts and four star restaurants. Many of the locals speak English and are friendly and open to helping tourists with directions or general information. Puerto Vallarta's popularity means that its prices are some of the highest in Mexico, particularly during holidays when the area can get quite crowded.

Which place is cheaper, Puerto Vallarta 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 $78, while the average daily cost in Puerto Vallarta is $112. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Acapulco de Juarez and Puerto Vallarta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Acapulco de Juarez $38
    Puerto Vallarta $62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Acapulco de Juarez $76
    Puerto Vallarta $124
Compare Hotels in Acapulco de Juarez and Puerto Vallarta

Looking for a hotel in Acapulco de Juarez or Puerto Vallarta? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Acapulco de Juarez


Hotels in Puerto Vallarta


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Acapulco de Juarez Hotel Prices and Puerto Vallarta Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Acapulco de Juarez $16
    Puerto Vallarta $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Acapulco de Juarez

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Acapulco de Juarez:

  • Shared transfer from Acapulco Airport (ACA) - Acapulco: $6.00
  • Acapulco Airport Transfer: $10
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $20
  • Acapulco hotels to Acapulco Airport (ACA) – Departure Private Transfer : $20
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Acapulco Airport (ACA) -Bahía de Acapulco: $24
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Bahía de Acapulco - Acapulco Airport (ACA): $24
  • Transfer in private minivan from Bahía de Acapulco -Acapulco Airport (ACA): $32
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $40
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle Acapulco Airport (ACA) - Bahia de Acapulco: $49
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Acapulco Airport (ACA) - Bahia de Acapulco: $64
  • Airport Transfer in Suburban: $65
  • Private - One Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Vallarta

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVT) -City Center: $93
  • Airport Transfer Puerto Vallarta : $135
  • Arrival Transfer from Airport to Cruise Port in Puerto Vallarta: $44
  • From Puerto Vallarta Hotels to Cruise Port Departure Transfer: $44
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Marina Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport: $56
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport to Punta de Mita: $164
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport: $65
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Punta de Mita to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport: $153
  • Privat Transfer from Puerto Vallarta Airport PVR to Punta de Mita: $170
  • Private AC Airport Transfer to Sayulita: $140
  • Private Airport Transfer in Puerto Vallarta for 8 to 12 persons: $229
  • Private Transfer Licenciado Gustavo Airport to/fr Puerto Vallarta: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Acapulco de Juarez or Puerto Vallarta?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco de Juarez change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Acapulco de Juarez $28
    Puerto Vallarta $36

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 Exhibition 2 Drinks + Tacos al Pastor Dinner & Beer: $44
  • High Divers DeLuxe Three Course Dinner +Three Drinks plus SUNSET: $49
  • High Cliff Divers Dinner at "La Quebrada" & Two or Three Drinks: $54
  • Cliff Diver De Luxe 3 Course Dinner at "La Quebrada" in Acapulco: $56
  • Cliff Diver Show and Dinner in Acapulco: $60
  • Lucha Libre-Wrestling Experience Taco Dinner Beer ONLY on SUNDAYS: $63
  • Cliff Divers Show With Dinner At Acapulco: $72
  • Off the Beaten Path Mexican Cooking Class Lagoon Boatride &Lunch: $77
  • Mexican Wrestling &Lucha Libre Experience Beer Dinner Only SUNDAY: $84
  • Hands ON - Mex Cooking Class Experience - City Market & Lunch : $85
  • Sunset Dinner and Cliff Divers in Acapulco: $91
  • Hands On Mexican Cooking Class with Food Tasting & Market Visit: $100

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Vallarta

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Puerto Vallarta.

  • 3-Hour Guided Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $45
  • Taco102 - dinner taco walk - all inclusive: $45
  • Off The Beaten Path Food Tour, Breakfast in Pitillal: $55
  • Dinner Tacos Food Tour: $55
  • Puerto Vallarta 3-Hour Food Tour of Authentic Local Cuisine: $55
  • Off The Beaten Path Food Tour. Dinner in Pitillal : $55
  • Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour with Vallarta Food Tours: $55
  • Taste of Pitillal Food Tour by Vallarta Food Tours : $55
  • Taco Adventure Evening Food Tour with Vallarta Food Tours: $55
  • Puerta Vallarta: Seafood Lover's Food Tour: $56
  • Seafood Lover's Tour with Vallarta Food Tours : $59
  • Signature Taco and Street Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $65

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Acapulco de Juarez $18
    Puerto Vallarta $18

Tours and Activities in Acapulco de Juarez

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

  • Kayaks Tour to El Morro Islet: $25
  • 4hr City Tour For Cruises or Hotels Diver Peace Chapel & Mural: $29
  • Sunset Adventures: $30
  • Acapulco City Tour : $35
  • Small-Group or Private All Inclusive 4 Hours City Tour & Divers: $36
  • 4-6Hrs Acapulco City Tour With a Fun Guide. Diver Show, Mex Lunch: $40
  • Tour Isla de la Roqueta PADDLE and Ecotour, Acapulco: $42
  • 6Hr City Tour Cruise or Hotel Turtle Nesting High Diver & Market: $42
  • 4Hrs City Tour Exclusively for Hotels, Divers, Chapel & Mural.: $44
  • Combo 6 Hr Tour All City Highlights Divers Baby Turtle Release: $46
  • 4Hr City Tour for Cruisers or Hotels Mural, Chapel & High Divers: $49
  • 6Hr Cruisers or Hotels High Diver Peace Chapel BabyTurtleRelease: $50

Tours and Activities in Puerto Vallarta

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Vallarta are as follows:

  • Puerto Vallarta Historical El Centro: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • City Tour Puerto Vallarta - Churches, Tequila Test and more: $18
  • Puerto Vallarta VIP Promotional Tour: $19
  • Mexico: Puerto Vallarta City Tour: $20
  • Puerto Vallarta City Tour: $20
  • Skip the Line: Vallarta Botanical Garden Admission Ticket: $21
  • Guided SUP Board Tour with Digital Photos: $23
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour: $23
  • Hop On Hop Off Tour with Free Stops in Puerto Vallarta: $24
  • Private Bike City Tour with Photo Session in Puerto Vallarta: $24
  • Butterfly Sanctuary Guided Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $26
  • Chocolate Tour in Vallarta: $28

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Acapulco de Juarez $11
    Puerto Vallarta $23

Sample the Local Flavors in Puerto Vallarta

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Fun Mexican Wine Tasting in Beautiful Garden of Puerto Vallarta: $40
  • Tequila Tasting and Tour at Puerto Vallarta Distillery: $48
  • Brewery Bus Tour from Mexico: $85
  • Brewery Bus Tour- Tacos y Cervezas: $85
  • Secret Agave Bar Crawl in Vallarta: $98
  • All you can drink Bar Crawl: $99
  • Mountains Route, visiting a traditional distillery: $270


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Acapulco de Juarez and Puerto Vallarta, we can see that Puerto Vallarta is more expensive. And not only is Acapulco de Juarez much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Acapulco de Juarez would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Acapulco de Juarez 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 Puerto Vallarta would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Vallarta than you might in Acapulco de Juarez.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Acapulco de Juarez Expensive? and Is Puerto Vallarta Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Acapulco de Juarez or Puerto Vallarta?

Acapulco de Juarez has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Puerto Vallarta. When comparing the sizes of Acapulco de Juarez and Puerto Vallarta, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.