Should you visit Antigua Guatemala or Jaco?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Antigua Guatemala or Jaco, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Before a disastrous earthquake in 1773, Antigua was the colonial capital of Guatemala. For 200 years it had reigned as so and today shows remnants of its glorious past with Spanish colonial buildings and other architectural landmarks still standing. Due to this large amount of preserved architecture, Antigua was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now the most touristed city of Guatemala.
Jaco is a beach destination on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This resort city is located in the county of Garabito in the Puntarenas province. It has a population of about 10,000 residents and a 2.5 mile long beach that is an excellent surfing destination.
Because Jaco is located on the coast, it's weather is influenced by the water. The climate is humid with a relative humidity of about 80%, but climbing to 90% in the month of June. The temperature is usually between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. There are distinct wet and dry seasons with August through early December being the rainy season and late December through early April being the dry season. Rain is irregular during the rest of the year.
Which city is cheaper, Jaco or Antigua Guatemala?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Antigua Guatemala is $50, while the average daily cost in Jaco is $62. 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 Antigua Guatemala and Jaco in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Antigua Guatemala can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $17, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $34.
The prices for places to stay in Jaco can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $40, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $80.
The price of a meal in Antigua Guatemala can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $11 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
The average traveler spends about $12 per day in Jaco for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Antigua Guatemala $11
Typical Food prices in Antigua Guatemala
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Antigua Guatemala:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antigua Guatemala
For Antigua Guatemala, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Short Cooking Class in Antigua, Guatemala:
Guatemalan Food Cooking Class:
Food Tour in Antigua Traditional Market:
Market and Mayan Cooking Class:
Guatemalan Mestizo and Gourmet Food Tour in Antigua:
Authentic Guatemalan Cooking Class:
Guatemalan Cooking Class and Market Tour:
Food Tour in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala:
Guatemala City Market and Food Tour from Antigua:
Typical Food prices in Jaco
For Jaco, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Taco Bar Dinner
Pizza & Smoothie Lunch
Breakfast Taco Bar
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaco
For Jaco, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Traveling Spoon Ceviche Private Online Cooking Class:
Online Costa Rican Cooking Class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman:
Costa Rican cooking class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman:
Antigua Guatemala's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $9.88 per person, per day on transportation in Antigua Guatemala.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaco
Also for Jaco, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer from Jaco to Monteverde up to 5 passengers:
Private Departure Transfer: Jaco Beach to Juan Santamaría International Airport:
Private transfer from Jaco Beach to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Jaco Airport Transfers:
Jacó Private Transfer to San Jose Airport for 1 to 5 People:
Jaco to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - Departure Private Transfer:
Transfer TO or FROM Jaco Beach Area to SJO Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Antigua Guatemala or Jaco?
Prices for flights to both Jaco and Antigua Guatemala 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Antigua Guatemala can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $12 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Jaco can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $39 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Antigua Guatemala
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Antigua Guatemala.
2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua:
3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market:
Antigua ATV Coffee Tour:
Antigua ATV Cultural Adventure:
Antigua ATV Mountain Adventure:
Antigua ATV Sunset Tour:
Antigua ATV Villages Tour:
Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour:
Antigua Market Culture and Cuisine Tour:
Antigua Walking Tour:
Antigua Walking Tour Morning and Afternoon:
Antigua old city Walking tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Jaco
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Jaco's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tortuga Island Tour
Tours and Activities in Jaco
For Jaco, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2 Hour ATV Adventure Through Costa Rican Jungle in Jaco:
2hrs ATV & Crocodile COMBO Tour:
3 Hour ATV Tour Through Costa Rican Rainforest:
3 hrs ATV Tour:
3hrs ATV & Monkey Mangrove COMBO Tour:
3hrs ATV Plus Horseback Waterfall COMBO Tour:
4x4 Land Cruiser Ride to the Waterfalls Tour:
4x4 Rainforest Adventure Booze Safari:
4x4 Rainforest Tour - Lunch & Waterfall Included:
ATV 2 Hour tour With Waterfall Experience:
ATV Full-Day Tour in Jaco:
ATV Tour in Jaco:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Antigua Guatemala, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.10.
Typically, people visiting Jaco spend on average $21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Jaco
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Jaco:
Night at the Bar
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antigua Guatemala and Jaco, we can see that Jaco is more expensive. And not only is Antigua Guatemala much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Antigua Guatemala would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Antigua Guatemala 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 Jaco would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Jaco than you might in Antigua Guatemala.
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