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.
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 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 $74, while the average daily cost in Jaco is $62. 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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Copan is $36. 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.
The price of a meal in Copan can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 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 $12 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Jaco
For Jaco, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Taco Bar Dinner
Pizza & Smoothie Lunch
Breakfast Taco Bar
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:
Online Costa Rican Cooking Class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman:
Costa Rican cooking class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman:
The cost of a taxi ride in Copan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $64 per person, per day, on local transportation in Copan.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaco
Also for Jaco, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Jaco Airport Transfers:
Jaco to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - Departure Private Transfer:
Jacó Private Transfer to San Jose Airport for 1 to 5 People:
Private Departure Transfer: Jaco Beach to Juan Santamaría International Airport:
Private transfer from Jaco Beach to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Transfer TO or FROM Jaco Beach Area to SJO Airport:
Transfer from Jaco to Monteverde up to 5 passengers:
Is it cheaper to fly into Copan or Jaco?
Prices for flights to both Jaco and Copan 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.
Entertainment and activities in Copan typically cost an average of $21 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.
Typical Entertainment prices in Jaco
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Jaco's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tortuga Island Tour
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:
4x4 Land Cruiser Ride to the Waterfalls Tour:
Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour:
Rainforest Costa Rica Sunset Tour:
Guided Motorcycle Tour of Jaco:
Chocolate Experience by CRHR:
ATV Tour in Jaco:
Jacó beach horseback riding experience:
Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Aerial Tram:
Jungle Waterfall and River Crossing ATV Tour at Jaco:
Waterfall Adventure Prohiker:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Copan may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.91 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Jaco spend on average $21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Jaco
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Jaco:
Night at the Bar
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copan and Jaco, we can see that Copan is more expensive. And not only is Jaco much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Jaco would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Jaco 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 Copan would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Copan than you might in Jaco.
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