A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cancun vs. Acapulco de Juarez

Should you visit Cancun or Acapulco de Juarez?

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 Cancun and Acapulco de Juarez can help you decide which place is right for you.

Cancun

In the northeast corner of the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun is one of Mexico's most popular destinations. The area that is now Cancun was actually selected specifically by the Mexican government for development as a tourist destination. The area was chosen because it has fourteen miles of beautiful white beaches, nearby Mayan ruins, and turquoise blue water with nearby snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Prior to its development as a tourist destination, there were few inhabitants in the area.

Acapulco de Juarez

Located on the southwestern Pacific Coast of Mexico is the beautiful beach city of Acapulco de Juarez. Acapulco is one of the original travel and resort destinations in Mexico, and it's still considered a popular spring break destination for Americans. Known as simply "Acapulco" to many travelers, this region is a popular spot for cruise lines to stop and timeshares to grow. Thanks to those cruise lines and timeshares, tourist activities like water parks and jet skis have experienced considerable growth.

Which city is cheaper, Acapulco de Juarez or Cancun?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cancun is $98, while the average daily cost in Acapulco de Juarez is $44. 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 Cancun and Acapulco de Juarez in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $132 in Cancun For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $24. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Acapulco de Juarez the cost is $48 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cancun $66
    Acapulco de Juarez $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cancun $132
    Acapulco de Juarez $48

Food

The price of a meal in Cancun can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.20 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Acapulco de Juarez travelers spend around $14 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
    Cancun $18
    Acapulco de Juarez $14
Typical Food prices in Cancun

For Cancun, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cancun

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

  • Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun: $35
  • Cancun Authentic Untouristed Food Tour: $43
  • Authentic Downtown Food Tour: Tacos and Local Flavors: $44
  • Dinner and Show on a Pirate Ship in Cancun with Open Bar: $50
  • Dinner-Show-Party on a Pirate Ship from Cancun! (Open bar included).: $55
  • Experience a Pirate Party Dinner Show at Cancun with Open Bar included!: $56
  • Dinner Show on a Pirate Ship from Cancun with Open Bar: $62
  • Mexican Dinner and Sprits Tasting in Cancun with transportation: $79
  • Captain Hook - Pirate Show and Dinner (Grilled Chicken) 2X1: $85
  • Captain Hook 2X1 - Pirate Show & Dinner with Open Bar: $85
  • Combo Capitan Hook chicken dinner + Isla Mujeres Catamaran: $86
  • Captain Hook - Pirate Show & Dinner (Grilled Chicken) 2X1: $89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Acapulco de Juarez

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Acapulco de Juarez.

  • Cliff Divers Show With Dinner Or Two Drinks At Acapulco: $61

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cancun than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $12 on transportation in Cancun on average per day.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.54 per day to get around in Acapulco de Juarez.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cancun $12
    Acapulco de Juarez $6.54
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cancun

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cancun:


  • Taxi Around Town
    $1.41
  • Airport Shuttle (for 2)
    $12
  • Ferry to Isla de Mujeres (for 2)
    $14
  • Local Bus (for 2)
    $1.71

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cancun

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

  • ATV Combo (Horseback, Ziplines, Cenote, Water, Lunch and Transfer Included): $82
  • Airport Private Transfer Puerto Aventuras: $85
  • Airport Transfer Cancun: $48
  • Airport Transfer Playa del Carmen: $85
  • Airport Transfers to Isla Blanca - Private van (ROUND TRIP) FLAT RATE: $138
  • Airport Transfers to Puerto Juarez - Private van (ROUND TRIP) FLAT RATE: $112
  • Airport transfers to Isla Mujeres: $95
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cancun Airport CUN to Cancun by Minivan: $26
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cancun Airport CUN to Playa Mujeres by Minivan: $31
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cancun Airport CUN to Playa del Carmen by Minivan: $52
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cancun Airport CUN to Playa del Carmen by SUV: $117
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cancun Airport CUN to Puerto Aventuras by Minivan: $76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Acapulco de Juarez

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Acapulco de Juarez:

  • Transfer in private minivan from Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Bahía de Acapulco: $25
  • Transfer in Private Car from Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Bahía de Acapulco: $22
  • Round trip transfer Private Car from-to Acapulco Airport-ACA-Bahía de Acapulco: $43
  • Private Airport Transfer: Acapulco Int. Airport (ACA) to Acapulco de Juarez: $24
  • Acapulco Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $80
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $40

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Cancun, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $24 per day, per person.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $11 per person, per day in Acapulco de Juarez. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cancun $24
    Acapulco de Juarez $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Cancun

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cancun's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Seasick Pills
    $0.50
  • Whale Shark Tour (for 2)
    $85

Tours and Activities in Cancun

For Cancun, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Museo Maya de Cancun Admission ticket: $4.99
  • Turibus Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Cancun: $5.00
  • Turibus Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Cancun plus Aquatic Activity: $19
  • Turibus Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Cancun plus Wax Museum: $19
  • Holbox Street Art Tour: $25
  • Cancun Street Art Tour: $27
  • Cancun City Tour: $27
  • Reef Snorkeling Experience in Puerto Morelos: $27
  • Skip the Line: Cancun Wax Museum Admission Ticket: $28
  • 3 Hours Private Kayak Experience in Cancun: $28
  • Classic 3-island tour on a shared boat: $32
  • Cancun Shopping Tour: $39

Tours and Activities in Acapulco de Juarez

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

  • Acapulco Acarey Yatch Cruise: $37
  • Acapulco City Tour: $43
  • Acapulco Eco-Tour: $93
  • Acapulco Historical & Cultural Tour: $55
  • Acapulco Sightseeing &Best Taco Lunch+Baby Turtle Release(MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS): $42
  • Coyuca Town Tour and Baby Turtle Release: $98
  • LUCHA LIBRE WRESTLING TOUR + Buffete of Brazilian Steakhouse= BEST NIGHT EVER!: $92
  • Taxco Tour From Acapulco: $163

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Cancun spend on average $8.99 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Acapulco de Juarez may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $4.13 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cancun $8.99
    Acapulco de Juarez $4.13

Sample the Local Flavors in Cancun

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

  • Cancun Private Mexican Wine Tasting: $161


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

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