Should you visit Belize City or Flores?
Should I visit Belize City or Flores? 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.
Belize City is the largest city in Belize. It was once the capital of the country, but due to massive hurricane damage in 1961, the country decided to relocate it capital. With a population of 57,000 people, Belize City is located right at the mouth of the Haulover Creek.
This gorgeous tropical city experiences a monsoon climate – meaning there are warm and humid conditions throughout the course of the year. There is a wet season from May to January, so plan for a little bit of rain in that time.
The town of Flores is located in Peten, Guatemala. The main hub is located on an island on Lago Peten Itza, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. On the other side of the causeway are the towns of Santa Elena and San Benito, however, all three are often referred to as Flores. Most people visit the area for its proximity to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, though the town itself is also charming with colonial buildings and historic churches lining the cobbled streets.
Which city is cheaper, Flores or Belize City?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Belize City is $70, while the average daily cost in Flores is $26. 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 Belize City and Flores in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $78 in Belize City For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $14 for a double occupancy room in Flores If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
While meal prices in Belize City can vary, the average travelers spends about $22 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Belize City should cost around $8.80 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Belize City is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
While meal prices in Flores can vary, the average travelers spends about $10 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Flores should cost around $4.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Flores is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Belize City $22
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Belize City
For Belize City, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Private Mayan Cooking and Tasting Experience in Cayo:
See and Taste Belize Cave Tubing and Food Tour:
Belize Cultural Food Tour Altun Ha Ruin Included:
Mestizo Food Tour (Rum & Ruin Included):
Belize City'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 $4.64 per person, per day on transportation in Belize City.
To get around in Flores, the average visitor spends $6.32 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belize City
Also for Belize City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Belize Airports or Water Taxi Terminal to Hotel in San Ignacio:
Private Arrival Transfer: Belize International Airport to San Ignacio Hotels:
Helicopter Transfer to Grand Caribe Heliport, Ambergris Caye:
Belize: Belize City to/from Placencia/Hopkins Transfer:
Belize Travelcation Airport Shuttle & Transfers:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Flores
Also for Flores, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Tikal National Park Tour with Guide and Transfer:
Round-Trip Private Transfer to Tikal from Flores:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Belize City can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $23 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Flores, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Belize City
For Belize City, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
4-Day Aktun Tunichil Muknal and Lamanai City Tour:
5-Day Belize Sea and Land Adventure:
7-Night Tour Including The Orchid Garden Eco-Village Lodge and Ambergris Caye:
9-Day Tour Including Tikal Islander and Ambergris Caye:
All Day Reef fishing tour with lunch from Belize City:
Altun Ha & Belize City Tour from Caye Caulker:
Altun Ha Cave Tubing and Zip line Tours from Belize City:
Altun Ha City v.i.v Tour:
Altun Ha Maya & Belize City Adventure:
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and River Wallace and Manatee Watch Tour:
Altun Ha Mayan Site tour from Belize City:
Altun Ha and Belize City Tour from San Pedro:
Typical Entertainment prices in Flores
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Flores's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tikal Entrance (for 2)
Map of Tikal
Tours and Activities in Flores
For Flores, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2-Day Mayan Ruins Tour of Tikal and Yaxha from Flores:
Bird Observation Tour:
Bird Watch Tour in Ixpanpajul, Tikal or Taxha:
Birding Tour In Tikal:
Crater Azul, Full day Tour, From FLORES, PetĂ©n.:
Day Tour to Ixpanpajul Natural Park:
Day Tour to PetĂ©n ItzĂˇ Lake and Petencito Zoo:
Day Trip from Flores with Sunrise in Tikal and Archeology Tour:
El Mirador And Crater Azul Tour From Flores 2d / 1n:
El Mirador And Tikal Tour From Flores 2d / 1n:
El Mirador And Yaxha Tour From Flores City 2d / 1 N:
El Mirador Tour By Helicopter From Flores:
Typically, people visiting Belize City spend on average $9.57 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Flores spend on average $17 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Flores
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Flores are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Belize City and Flores, we can see that Belize City is more expensive. And not only is Flores much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Flores would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Flores 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 Belize City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Belize City than you might in Flores.
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