A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Boquete vs. Tamarindo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Boquete or Tamarindo?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Boquete and Tamarindo can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Boquete or Tamarindo?


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 place 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 $54, while the average daily cost in Tamarindo is $116. 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 Boquete and Tamarindo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Boquete $23
    Tamarindo $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Boquete $46
    Tamarindo $96
Compare Hotels in Boquete and Tamarindo

Looking for a hotel in Boquete or Tamarindo? 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 Boquete

Hotels in Tamarindo

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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: Boquete Hotel Prices and Tamarindo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Boquete $5.25
    Tamarindo $66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tamarindo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tamarindo:

  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport to Hotel Riu Guanacaste: $15
  • Private Transfer from Libera/Four Seasons Guanacaste Airport: $19
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport to Tamarindo Beach: $20
  • Private Transfer from Liberia/Tamarindo Guanacaste Airport: $20
  • Playa Grande to Liberia Airport (LIR) Departure Private Transfer: $31
  • Flamingo/Tamarindo to Liberia Airport(LIR)- Departure Transfer: $31
  • JW Marriott/Riu Hotel to Liberia Airport (LIR) Departure Transfer: $39
  • Liberia Airport To Tamarindo Private Transfer: $53
  • From Hotel Transfer to Liberia Guanacaste Airport: $59
  • Monteverde: Transfer to Tamarindo: $65
  • Private Transfer from Liberia Airport to Secrets Papagayo Resort: $66
  • Private Transfer from Liberia Airport to RIU Guanacaste Hotel: $70

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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Boquete $18
    Tamarindo $31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tamarindo

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

  • Online Class on Zoom: Cooking Costa Rica Homemade Food: $35
  • Traditional Cooking Class In Tamarindo: $85

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Boquete $17
    Tamarindo $16

Tours and Activities in Boquete

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

  • Schumann's BOTANICAL PARK TOUR: $30
  • Boquete Private 360° View Tour: $35
  • Self-Guided Half-Day Boquete Tour E-Bicycle: $38
  • Small Group Coffee Tour (Minimum 2 people): $40
  • Nightlife Tour Party Safari Truck in Boquete Panama: $40
  • Guided Market Tour with Sensory Coffee Tasting Boquete: $45
  • E-bike Tour - 2hr Guided Adventure in Boquete: $55
  • 3-hour Private Tour to the Peque Doraz Butterfly Garden by Ebike: $57
  • 3-Hour Private Tour to La Estrella Lake from Boquete on E Bike: $57
  • Private Honey and Bees BiciTour in Boquete: $57
  • Private Tour in Boquete and we culminate with a coffee experience: $64
  • 2-Hour Private Mezcal and Geisha Liqueur Tasting Experience: $65

Tours and Activities in Tamarindo

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

  • La Roca de A Thrilling Climbing Experience: $20
  • Private Estuary Tour in Tamarindo: $35
  • Tamarindo Estuary Tour: $44
  • Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo: $46
  • Mangrove Forest National Marine Park Kayak Tour: $48
  • Tamarindo Birdwatching Crocodiles and Monkey Tour: $50
  • Hiking Tour of La Leona Waterfall with Lunch: $50
  • ATV Tour of Tamarindo: $55
  • Rain Forest Canopy Tour from Zipline, Hanging Bridge: $55
  • Turtle Nesting Tour: $55
  • ATV Beach Tour Tamarindo Area: $59
  • Buggy Tour of Tamarindo: $60

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Boquete $4.47
    Tamarindo $13

Sample the Local Flavors in Tamarindo

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

  • Tamarindo Bar Crawl Experience: $25

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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.
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Boquete vs. Tamarindo Travel Comparison

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