A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Copan vs. Jaco

Should you visit Copan or Jaco?

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

Copan

If you are a lover of history, or just really want to tap into your inner Indiana Jones, a trip to Copan, Honduras is right up your alley. Located in western Honduras, the cobblestone lined streets and white adobe buildings topped with red roofs provide the beautiful backdrop to this once powerful city.

Occupied by the Maya for 2,000 years, Copan was the ruling city in the southern Mayan kingdom. Settled nicely in a fertile river valley among rolling hills, this city is absolutely fascinating and the perfect place to explore history.

Jaco

Jaco is a beach destination on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This resort city is located in the county of Garabito in the Puntarenas province. It has a population of about 10,000 residents and a 2.5 mile long beach that is an excellent surfing destination.

Because Jaco is located on the coast, it's weather is influenced by the water. The climate is humid with a relative humidity of about 80%, but climbing to 90% in the month of June. The temperature is usually between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. There are distinct wet and dry seasons with August through early December being the rainy season and late December through early April being the dry season. Rain is irregular during the rest of the year.

Which city is cheaper, Jaco or Copan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Copan is $17, while the average daily cost in Jaco is $63. 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 Copan and Jaco in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Copan is $12. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The prices for places to stay in Jaco can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $40, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $80.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Copan $5.81
    Jaco $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Copan $12
    Jaco $80

Food

The price of a meal in Copan can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $9.01 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The average traveler spends about $13 per day in Jaco 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Copan $9.01
    Jaco $13

Typical Food prices in Jaco

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


  • Hermosa BeachLlunch
    $3.24
  • Taco Bar Dinner
    $7.39
  • Pizza & Smoothie Lunch
    $5.18
  • Ice Cream
    $4.85
  • Breakfast Taco Bar
    $2.74
  • Fruit Plate
    $2.43

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaco

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

  • Traveling Spoon Ceviche Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Online Costa Rican Cooking Class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman: $35
  • Costa Rican cooking class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman: $70

Local Transportation

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Copan -
    Jaco -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaco

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

  • Jaco Airport Transfers: $149
  • Jaco to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - Departure Private Transfer: $112
  • Jacó Private Transfer to San Jose Airport for 1 to 5 People: $146
  • Private Departure Transfer: Jaco Beach to Juan Santamaría International Airport: $153
  • Private transfer from Jaco Beach to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $152
  • Transfer TO or FROM Jaco Beach Area to SJO Airport: $95
  • Transfer from Jaco to Monteverde up to 5 passengers: $210

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Copan typically cost an average of $8.24 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Jaco can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $39 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Copan $8.24
    Jaco $39

Typical Entertainment prices in Jaco

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


  • Dance Class
    $8.06
  • Surf Lesson
    $40
  • Bike Rental
    $8.06
  • Tortuga Island Tour
    $80
  • Massage
    $36

Tours and Activities in Jaco

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

  • High Ropes Course Adventure in Jaco: $30
  • 4x4 Land Cruiser Ride to the Waterfalls Tour: $33
  • Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour: $35
  • Rainforest Costa Rica Sunset Tour: $46
  • Guided Motorcycle Tour of Jaco: $50
  • Chocolate Experience by CRHR: $53
  • ATV Tour in Jaco: $54
  • Jacó beach horseback riding experience: $57
  • Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Aerial Tram: $60
  • Chocolate Experience: $60
  • Jungle Waterfall and River Crossing ATV Tour at Jaco: $64
  • Waterfall Adventure Prohiker: $65

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Jaco spend on average $21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Copan -
    Jaco $21

Typical Alcohol prices in Jaco

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Jaco:


  • Wine
    $12
  • Night at the Bar
    $22


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

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