A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Antigua Guatemala vs. Quepos for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Antigua Guatemala or Quepos?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Antigua Guatemala or Quepos, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Antigua Guatemala or Quepos?

Antigua Guatemala

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.

Quepos

Quepos is both a district and the capital of Aguirre canton in the Puntareanas Province of Costa Rica. The town is quite small, and the district has a population of about 22,000 people. Quepos is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. The town's economy is centered around tourism and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area. The town also has a lively nightlife for such a small community.

Which place is cheaper, Quepos or Antigua Guatemala?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Antigua Guatemala is $62, while the average daily cost in Quepos is $115. 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 Antigua Guatemala and Quepos in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antigua Guatemala $21
    Quepos $75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antigua Guatemala $42
    Quepos $150
Compare Hotels in Antigua Guatemala and Quepos

Looking for a hotel in Antigua Guatemala or Quepos? 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 Antigua Guatemala


Hotels in Quepos


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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: Antigua Guatemala Hotel Prices and Quepos Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antigua Guatemala $12
    Quepos $9.39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antigua Guatemala

Also for Antigua Guatemala, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer from La Antigua Guatemala to Monterrico (One Way): $260
  • Transfer from Antigua to the Airport: $80
  • Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to La Aurora Airport: $25
  • Transfer Ciudad Guatemala a la Aurora a la Antigua Guatemala: $130
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Antigua Hotels to Guatemala City Airport: $56
  • Private Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to Puerto Quetzal Port: $28
  • Private Ground Transfer From Antigua To Guatemala City Airport: $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos

Also for Quepos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer - San Jose Airport & Manuel Antonio/Quepos : $300
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna Arenal volcano : $299
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers: $297
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Monteverde: $276
  • Manuel Antonio & Quepos one way transfer to SJO hotels - Airport up to 5 people.: $274
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $269
  • Private transfer from SJ Airport to Manuel Antonio and vice versa: $230
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to SJO Airport or Hotels: $230
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Nauyaca: $220
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to the Sierpe: $213
  • Private One Way Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José (Airport SJO): $210
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to SJO Airport and surroundings : $199

Is it cheaper to fly into Antigua Guatemala or Quepos?

Prices for flights to both Quepos 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Antigua Guatemala $14
    Quepos $29
Typical Food Prices in Antigua Guatemala

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Antigua Guatemala:


  • Lunch
    $3.20
  • Lunch
    $7.69

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:

  • Private Street Food Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $65
  • Make your own Mayan Pepian - Cooking class: $69
  • Antigua: Cooking Class with Local Family: $74
  • Street Food Tour Around Antigua: $75
  • Market food tour and tortilla workshop: $79
  • Market and Mayan Cooking Class: $80
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class & Market Tour: $85
  • Foodie & street food tour: $85
  • Authentic Guatemalan Cooking Class in Antigua: $90
  • Private Cooking Class of Typical Guatemalan Dishes: $95
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class and Market Tour: $98
  • From Guatemala City: Guatemala Cooking Class Tour: $100

Typical Food Prices in Quepos

For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $15
  • Seafood Dinner (for 1)
    $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quepos

For Quepos, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Night Jungle Tour with Dinner (Rainmaker Park): $59
  • 3 Hour Cooking Class and Medical Plants Garden: $77
  • Cooking Class in Manuel Antonio with Medicinal Plants Garden Visit: $77
  • Cooking Class & Medicinal Plants Garden Manuel Antonio: $77
  • Night Mangrove Safari Boat Tour with Dinner | Manuel Antonio: $79
  • Manuel Antonio Local Cooking Class with Botanical Garden Tour: $97

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antigua Guatemala $15
    Quepos $17

Tours and Activities in Antigua Guatemala

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Antigua Guatemala.

  • ¡Pacaya Volcano Tour from Antigua!: $100
  • 2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua: $219
  • 2-Day Shared Hiking Tour to Acatenango Volcano from Antigua: $125
  • 2-Day Shared Hiking Tour to Acatenango Volcano from Antigua: $110
  • 2-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market: $220
  • ANTIGUA Villages Tour: $72
  • ATV Cultural & Adventure Tour: Shared Antigua Villages Experience: $90
  • ATV or UTV Coffee Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $100
  • ATV or UTV Sunset Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $90
  • Acatenango Overnight Hike Multiday Tour: $116
  • Acatenango Volcano Overnight Hiking from Antigua - 2 Days Private Tour: $215
  • Acatenango Volcano Tour with Overnight from Antigua: $99

Tours and Activities in Quepos

For Quepos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 10 in 1 Tour! Zip Lines, Rappels, Tarzan Swing, Waterfalls & More: $130
  • 2-3-Hour Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour: $30
  • 3-Hour Damas Mangrove Kayak Tour: $90
  • 4-Hour ATV Adventure in Naranjito: $80
  • ATV Tour Half Day Trip From Manuel Antonio: $90
  • Adventure Full Day Tour from Manuel Antonio & Quepos + 2 Tours : $161
  • All Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure from Manuel Antonio: $83
  • All Inclusive Zip line & Catamaran Eco Adventure: $170
  • All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch: $93
  • All-Inclusive Full-Day Nauyaca Waterfall and Beach Town Tour: $142
  • All-Inclusive Jungle Night Tour: $59
  • Bird-watching Tour - Manuel Antonio : $65

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antigua Guatemala $11
    Quepos $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Antigua Guatemala

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Antigua Guatemala:

  • Antigua Bar Crawl: $26
  • Macadamia Chocolate and Wine Tour on ATV or UTV: $85


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antigua Guatemala and Quepos, we can see that Quepos 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 Quepos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Quepos than you might in Antigua Guatemala.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Antigua Guatemala Expensive? and Is Quepos Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Antigua Guatemala or Quepos?

Antigua Guatemala has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Quepos. When comparing the sizes of Antigua Guatemala and Quepos, 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.