A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Boca Raton vs. West Palm Beach

Should you visit Boca Raton or West Palm Beach?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach can help you decide which place is right for you.

Boca Raton

An affluent city with a reputation for catering to the well-to-do, Boca Raton is a beautiful city in Southern Florida with plenty to offer for all tastes and budgets. Boca's warm weather climate has visitors flocking to its many beaches and parks each day, while others take advantage of the golf courses, spas, annual events, festivals, live shows, museums, shopping, dining, and more.

West Palm Beach

One of Florida's most dynamic cities, West Palm Beach encapsulates the best of a metropolitan city all while nestled in the warm serenity of a tropical paradise. Located in southern Florida, about an hour's drive north of Miami, West Palm Beach holds a population of 99,919 and is one of the three main cities in South Florida. This city is known for its unique culture, world-class dining, and extensive shopping districts. From young to old, everyone can find their own niche in such a pleasant, diverse city. No matter what time of the year it may be, you can be assured that it is gorgeously sunny in West Palm Beach!

Which city is cheaper, West Palm Beach or Boca Raton?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Boca Raton is $226, while the average daily cost in West Palm Beach is $264. 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 Boca Raton and West Palm Beach in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $272 in Boca Raton For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $374 in West Palm Beach For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Boca Raton $136
    West Palm Beach $187
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Boca Raton $273
    West Palm Beach $375


Food

The average traveler spends about $54 per day in Boca Raton 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.

In West Palm Beach travelers spend around $53 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Boca Raton $54
    West Palm Beach $53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in West Palm Beach

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

  • Downtown Food Tour: $74
  • Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour: $79


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Boca Raton than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $61 on transportation in Boca Raton on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in West Palm Beach than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $39 on transportation in West Palm Beach on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Boca Raton $61
    West Palm Beach $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Boca Raton

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

  • Boca Raton to Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)- Departure Private Transfer: $98
  • Boca Raton to Miami Airport (MIA) - Departure Private Transfer: $153

Hired Cars and Shuttles in West Palm Beach

Also for West Palm Beach, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Airport Transfer: West Palm Beach Int. Airport (PBI) to West Palm Beach: $59
  • Palm Beach Airport (PBI) to Palm Beach City - Arrival Private Transfer: $85
  • Palm Beach Airport (PBI) to Palm Beach City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $169


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Boca Raton, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $22 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in West Palm Beach, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $15 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Boca Raton $22
    West Palm Beach $15

Tours and Activities in West Palm Beach

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for West Palm Beach are as follows:

  • 45-Minute Candy Evolution Tour with Guide: $13
  • Candy Tour: $13
  • Land and Lagoon Narrated Musical Tour of Palm Beach: $40
  • Palm Beach Island Day Tour: $65
  • Downtown WPB and Palm Beach Private Bicycle Tour: $75
  • 2 Hour Segway Tour: Downtown West Palm Waterfront & Palm Beach Island: $98
  • Palm Beach Sightseeing Tour: $120
  • Snorkel Tour by boat: $128


Alcohol

The average person spends about $32 on alcoholic beverages in Boca Raton per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $31 on alcoholic beverages in West Palm Beach per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Boca Raton $32
    West Palm Beach $31

Sample the Local Flavors in West Palm Beach

Also in West Palm Beach, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Party Bike Pub Crawl in West Palm Beach: $43



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

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