A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Belize City vs. Roatan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Belize City or Roatan?

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

Should I visit Belize City or Roatan? 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: Belize City or Roatan?

Belize City

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.

Roatan

Your next great vacation lies just thirty miles off the north coast of Honduras. Right above the world's largest coral reef is the island of Roatan. As a popular tourist attraction and standard cruise destination, it's not uncommon to see tons of Americans during your trip. In fact, the cruising industry has had huge impact on the island's culture. While ships are in port, traffic will be heavier and prices may go up. Because of the growth of tourism, most locals speak both Spanish and English.

Which place is cheaper, Roatan or Belize City?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Belize City is $88, while the average daily cost in Roatan is $38. 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 Belize City and Roatan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Belize City $49
    Roatan $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Belize City $98
    Roatan $22
Compare Hotels in Belize City and Roatan

Looking for a hotel in Belize City or Roatan? 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 Belize City


Hotels in Roatan


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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: Belize City Hotel Prices and Roatan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Belize City $5.81
    Roatan $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belize City

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

  • Belize City to Philip S.W. Belize Airport (BZE) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Philip Goldson Airport BZE to Belize City Arrival Transfer: $23
  • Belize City to Philip Goldson Airport BZE Departure Transfer: $23
  • Belize city water taxi terminal to Airport transfer: $30
  • Philip Goldson Airport BZE to Belize hotels Round Trip Transfer: $46
  • We do transfers from airport to any where in Belize.: $49
  • Transfer Belize city to bacalar: $50
  • Private Airport Transfer Service to San Ignacio: $60
  • Private Transfer from Belize city hotels to Belize City Port: $61
  • Private Transfer from Belize Airport (BZE) to Belize City Port: $61
  • Private Transfer from Belize City Port to Belize City Hotels: $61
  • Private Transfer from Belize City Port to Belize Airport (BZE): $61

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Roatan

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Roatan are as follows:


  • Water Taxi
    $4.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Roatan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Roatan:

  • West Bay Beach, Chocolate, & Rum Factory & Transfer: $67
  • West Bay Aquarium Snorkeling, Chocolate & Rum Factory, City Tour plus Transfer: $91
  • West Bay Aquarium Snorkeling, Beach, Zipline, City Tour & Transfer: $140
  • Transfers, Zip Line and Monkey Park: $110
  • Transfers to West End by night from hotels in West Bay or Sandy Bay: $15
  • South Side Horseback Riding, Beach Break & Roundway Transfer: $120
  • Scuba Dive in the West End of Roatan with Private Transfer: $113
  • Round trip transfers from airport or ferry to hotel: $40
  • Roatan to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Roatan Zipline, Monkey, Macaws & Sloths Eco Park, Snorkeling, Transfer: $128
  • Roatan Sun & Fun, Sloths & Monkeys, Beach & Private Transfer: $63
  • Roatan Special Catamaran for Cruise Ship Passengers plus Transfer: $113

Is it cheaper to fly into Belize City or Roatan?

Prices for flights to both Roatan and Belize City 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
    Belize City $27
    Roatan $9.42

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: $70
  • Altun Ha Mayan Site & Food Tour: $80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Roatan

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

  • Tiki Boat Sunset Cruise in Roatan with Snorkeling and Dinner : $100
  • Cooking classes from a Local!: $200

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Belize City $29
    Roatan $27

Tours and Activities in Belize City

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

  • Historical Tour: $27
  • Shore Excursion: City Tour of Belize, Nature, History and Rum: $40
  • Belize City Tour: $40
  • Kukumba Beach and Belize City Tour : $49
  • Belizean Bits & Bites Food Tastings and City Tour in Belize: $50
  • Hassle free Cave Tubing Adventure from Belize City with Lunch: $55
  • Charlie's Cave Tubing Tour for cruisers (lunch included): $65
  • Second largest Barrier Reef Adventure Snorkeling: $70
  • Guided Cave Kayaking Tour with Pickup: $77
  • Cave Tubing Experience from Belize City: $85
  • Altun Ha Mayan Site tour from Belize City: $85
  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and River Wallace and Manatee Watch Tour: $85

Tours and Activities in Roatan

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

  • Mangrove cruise garífuna Culture sightseeing and Lunch : $89
  • Private Island Tour with Private Driver: Explore Roatán: $45
  • Private Tour: Chocolate Factory Rum cake Factory, Sightseeing and Beach Tour: $45
  • Roatan Island Tour & Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Tour: $70
  • Shore Excursion: VIP Island City Tour and Drift Snorkel : $60
  • Shore Excursion: Zip & Dip Adventure: $69
  • Sloths Sanctuary/Monkeys Play + Dune Buggy/ATV Adventure & Private Beach Resort: $139
  • 2 Hour Zip Lining Private Tour in Mahogany Bay: $65
  • 2 Tank Roatan Fun Dive, Boat Sightseeing Tour, including ground transportation: $145
  • 3 Hours ATV Adventure in Politilly Bight: $85
  • 3-Hours Private Tour in Roatan with Pick Up: $66
  • 4 Hours Private Tour with Snorkel Experience in Roatan: $50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Belize City $12
    Roatan $7.07

Sample the Local Flavors in Roatan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Roatan:

  • Half-Day Tour in Roatan With Brewery, Rum and Chocolate Factories visit: $46
  • Bar Crawl Tour in West End Village by Pedibike- Let the Good Times Roll: $80


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Belize City and Roatan, we can see that Belize City is more expensive. And not only is Roatan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Roatan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Roatan 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 Roatan.

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


Which is Bigger, Belize City or Roatan?

Belize City has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Roatan. When comparing the sizes of Belize City and Roatan, 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.