A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Belize City vs. Tamarindo

Should you visit Belize City or Tamarindo?

Should I visit Belize City or Tamarindo? 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

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.

Tamarindo

Tamarindo is a small beach town in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. This town is usually sought out by surfers, fishers, couples, and families. There are delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches, and friendly Tico's and Tica's (local Costa Rican nicknames) everywhere.

Which city is cheaper, Tamarindo 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 Tamarindo is $83. 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 Tamarindo in more detail.




Accommodation

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.

A hotel room in Tamarindo is about $60 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Belize City $39
    Tamarindo $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Belize City $78
    Tamarindo $60


Food

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Tamarindo cost around $22 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $8.80.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Belize City $22
    Tamarindo $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: $70
  • See and Taste Belize Cave Tubing and Food Tour: $77
  • Belize Cultural Food Tour Altun Ha Ruin Included: $95
  • Mestizo Food Tour (Rum & Ruin Included): $125


Local Transportation

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.

The average price of local transportation around Tamarindo is $59 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Belize City $4.64
    Tamarindo $59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belize City

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

  • Belize Travelcation Airport Shuttle & Transfers: $28
  • Belize: Belize City to/from Placencia/Hopkins Transfer: $45
  • Private Transfer: Belize Airports or Water Taxi Terminal to Hotel in San Ignacio: $96
  • Tours&airport transfer: $128
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Belize International Airport to San Ignacio Hotels: $160
  • Helicopter Transfer to Grand Caribe Heliport, Ambergris Caye: $1,493

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tamarindo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tamarindo:

  • Volcano Adventure Sisisi Transfers & Tours Costa Rica: $155
  • Transfer TO or FROM Tamarindo Area to SJO Airport: $325
  • Transfer Liberia to Tamarindo: $90
  • Private transfer from Tamarindo to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $265
  • Private Transfer to Tamarindo Beach from Liberia Airport: $100
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Liberia Airport to Tamarindo with Free Drinks: $89
  • Private Premium Transfer: From Tamarindo Zone: $85
  • Liberia Airport Private Transfer To Or From Tamarindo: $86


Entertainment

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.

Tamarindo's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $5.04 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Belize City $23
    Tamarindo $5.04

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
  • Belize City and Rum Factory Tour: $33
  • Downtown Belize City Tour (Rum Factory included): $37
  • Belize City Tour: $43
  • Kukumba Beach and Belize City Tour: $49
  • Cave Kayaking v.i.v.Tour: $60
  • Zipline Adventures from Belize City: $62
  • Belize Party Bus Ultimate Evening Experience Fridays Only: $64
  • Cave Kayaking for Cruise Ship Passengers: $65
  • Saint Herman's Cave Hiking and Blue Hole Tour from Belize City: $68
  • Private Snuba Experience in Rendezvous Cay: $70
  • Altun Ha Mayan Site tour from Belize City: $70

Tours and Activities in Tamarindo

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

  • 2 Days & 2 Nights Diving Adventure: $1,750
  • 2.5 Hours Tamarindo ATV Snorkel Tour to Secluded Beaches: $77
  • 4 Hour Beach & Mountain Tamarindo ATV Adventure: $144
  • ATV Adventures: $85
  • ATV Tour at Tamarindo: $77
  • ATV Tour in Tamarindo: $92
  • ATV Zipline Tour from Tamarindo/Flamingo: $125
  • ATV and SUP Tour from Tamarindo Beach: $128
  • Afternoon Sailing Tour in Guanacaste: $85
  • Antares Sailing Adventures tour: $87
  • Arenal One Day Tour: $230
  • Blue Dolphin Sailing Adventure: $81


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Belize City spend on average $9.58 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about $5.18 on alcoholic beverages in Tamarindo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Belize City $9.58
    Tamarindo $5.18



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

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