A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cabo San Lucas vs. Ensenada

Should you visit Cabo San Lucas or Ensenada?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ("Cabo") is on the far southern end of the Baja Peninsula. It has countless resorts and activities for visitors. There are world class golf courses, fine dining options, and five star resorts. Prior to the 1980s, Cabo was a quiet fishing village but with the construction of a nearby airport in 1977, the city rapidly grew into one of Mexico's most popular resort vacation spots. Today, Cabo has one of the country's most vibrant nightlife scenes. It also has plenty of water sport activities, and a great beach scene.

Ensenada

Ensenada is on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of Tijuana. It's the only deep water port in the state of Baja California and as such, it is an important commerical fishing port as well as a cruise ship destination. The city has a population of almost 500,000 and is located just 78 miles south of San Diego. The city sits between the ocean and a small mountain range. The surrounding area is known for its wine production, which produces some of the best wine in Mexico.

Which city is cheaper, Ensenada or Cabo San Lucas?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cabo San Lucas is $94, while the average daily cost in Ensenada is $28. 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 Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Cabo San Lucas is $84. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $21. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ensenada the cost is $42 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cabo San Lucas $42
    Ensenada $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cabo San Lucas $84
    Ensenada $42


Food

The average traveler spends about $36 per day in Cabo San Lucas 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.

While meal prices in Ensenada can vary, the average travelers spends about $5.53 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Ensenada should cost around $2.21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ensenada is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cabo San Lucas $36
    Ensenada $5.53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cabo San Lucas

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cabo San Lucas.

  • Cabo San Lucas Sunset and Dinner Cruise: $50
  • Eat Like A Local Cabo Food Tour: $59
  • Parrillada dinner with a Private Chef in your villa/condo in Cabo or San Jose: $59
  • Catch of the day dinner in your private villa/condo in Cabo or San Jose del Cabo: $62
  • Cabo San Lucas "Catch of the Day" Seafood Tour: $62
  • Sunset Mexican Dinner Cruise. Fajitas dinner & live music: $68
  • Jumbo Shrimp Dinner in Your Private Villa or Condo in Cabo or San Jose del Cabo: $78
  • Lobster Tail Dinner with a Private Chef in Your Villa in Cabo or San Jose: $80
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise with Open Bar from Cabo San Lucas: $89
  • Los Cabos Sunset Dinner Cruise: $89
  • Whale-Watching Dinner Cruise in Los Cabos: $89
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise in Cabo San Lucas: $89


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Cabo San Lucas is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cabo San Lucas.

The average price of local transportation around Ensenada is $2.77 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.
    Cabo San Lucas $18
    Ensenada $2.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cabo San Lucas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cabo San Lucas:

  • Arrival Share Transfer Service One way from Los Cabos airport to Hotel: $21
  • Cabo San Lucas hotels to Los Cabos Airport (SJD) - Private Departure Transfer: $92
  • Departure Private Transfer Service One way from Hotel to Los Cabos airport: $66
  • Private Round Trip Transfer - Los Cabos Int. Airport and Local Area: $180
  • Private Tesla Transfer from Los Cabos Airport to Cabo San Lucas Area: $261
  • Private transfer: Cabo San Lucas to Cabo San Lucas Airport (SJD): $622
  • Round trip transfer from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz up to 15 passengers: $514
  • Round trip transfer from Cabo to La Paz up to 10 passengers: $457
  • Round trip transfer from Cabo to La Paz up to 5 passengers: $400
  • Transfer in Private Car from Cabo San Lucas to Los Cabos Airport (SJD): $201
  • Transfer in private minivan from Cabo San Lucas to San José del Cabo(SJD): $113
  • Wild Canyon Adventures Park Pass with transfers included: $199


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Cabo San Lucas typically cost an average of $29 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Ensenada's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $2.48 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.
    Cabo San Lucas $29
    Ensenada $2.48

Tours and Activities in Cabo San Lucas

Here are a few actual costs in Cabo San Lucas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour - Cabo San Lucas: $17
  • Glass Bottom Boat Sightseeing Tour in Cabo San Lucas: $20
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour: $20
  • Land's End Tour in a Glass Bottom Boat (VisitA Cabo): $26
  • Cabo's Only Clear Boat Tour- see it all in one tour!: $28
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour to the Arch in Cabo San Lucas: $30
  • Cabo's only Clear Boat Tour to Lands End, Lover's Beach, the Arch and more!: $33
  • Lands End & Snorkeling Adventure: $33
  • Cabo San Lucas only Clear Boat Tour to Lands End: $33
  • Sunset Tour & Land's End in a Glass Bottom Boat (VisitA Cabo): $36
  • Clear Glass-Bottom Boat Cabo Tour: $36
  • The Fenway Bar Experience: $39

Tours and Activities in Ensenada

Here are a few actual costs in Ensenada for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Tourist guide in the Wine Country (Valle de Guadalupe) Ensenada: $11
  • Las Cañadas Canopy Tour in Ensenada: $28
  • The Bufadora Tour: $32
  • La Bufadora Tour in Baja California: $33
  • Scenic Bufadora & Flea Market Shopping Private Tour: $35
  • Ensenada Travels Tours: $64
  • best tours ensenada: $64
  • Las Canadas Ecopark and Bufadora private tour: $65
  • Ensenada Shore Excursion: City Tour & La Bufadora: $68
  • Guadalupe Valley Wine Route Tour in Baja California: $77
  • Private tour in Valle de Guadalupe: $80
  • Tuk Tuk, Beach and Bar Tour: $90


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cabo San Lucas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $19 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ensenada may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.07 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cabo San Lucas $19
    Ensenada $2.07

Sample the Local Flavors in Ensenada

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

  • Private wine tour: $65
  • Private Full-Day Wine Tour in Valle de Guadalupe: $89
  • Valle de Guadalupe Wine Tour, All Inclusive by AKA Expeditions.: $140
  • Valle de Guadalupe Off The Beaten Path Wine Tasting: $505



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

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