Should you visit Boquete or Tamarindo?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Boquete and Tamarindo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Boquete is a village located in the pacific west of Panama. This town very recently became an attractive destination for tourists and expatriates. Before the early 2000's, it was a quiet town hidden away in the mountains with very little tourism. After the development of Valle Escondido, which is a largely residential area, many North Americans flocked to this town and an expat community developed. Boquete is known for it's near perfect year round temperature of about seventy degrees Fahrenheit, beautiful untouched nature, and world renowned coffee.
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 Boquete?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Boquete is $43, while the average daily cost in Tamarindo is $77. 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 Boquete and Tamarindo in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Boquete is $36. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
A hotel room in Tamarindo is about $64 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
Boquete food costs typically run travelers around $15 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
On average, meal and food prices in Tamarindo cost around $21 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 $8.40.
Meals for one day
The average price of local transportation around Boquete is $4.18 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.
The average price of local transportation around Tamarindo is $44 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tamarindo
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tamarindo:
Private Premium Transfer: From Tamarindo Zone:
Liberia Airport Private Transfer To Or From Tamarindo:
Private Round-Trip Transfer: Liberia Airport to Tamarindo with Free Drinks:
Transfer Liberia to Tamarindo:
Private Transfer to Tamarindo Beach from Liberia Airport:
Volcano Adventure Sisisi Transfers & Tours Costa Rica:
Private transfer from Tamarindo to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Transfer TO or FROM Tamarindo Area to SJO Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Boquete or Tamarindo?
Prices for flights to both Tamarindo and Boquete 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.
Boquete's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.
Tamarindo's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $11 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.
Tours and Activities in Boquete
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Boquete are as follows:
Whale Watching (July 15 to October 15), and Island Tour in the Gulf of Chiriqui:
Specialized Birdwatching Tour:
Dirtbike adventure in Boquete (half day):
Tours and Activities in Tamarindo
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Tamarindo are as follows:
Skip the Line: Monkey Park Admission Ticket:
Turtle Watching Tour:
Turtle Nesting Tour:
Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo:
Tamarindo River Boat Tour:
Canopy Tour Costa Rica:
Tamarindo Kayak Estuary Mangrove Tour:
Tamarindo Kayaking Tour with Snorkeling at Captain Island:
Premium Tour: Turtle Nesting Tour:
Private Buggy/ATV Sunset Tour at Tamarindo:
Early Bird Watching Tour:
The average person spends about $3.56 on alcoholic beverages in Boquete per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
The average person spends about $8.87 on alcoholic beverages in Tamarindo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Boquete and Tamarindo, we can see that Tamarindo is more expensive. And not only is Boquete much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Boquete would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Boquete 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 Boquete.
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