A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cozumel vs. Puerto Vallarta

Should you visit Cozumel or Puerto Vallarta?

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 Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta can help you decide which place is right for you.

Cozumel

Cozumel is a Caribbean island just off the Yucatan Peninsula. It'as a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. With crystal clear waters and vibrant colored coral, Cozumel is one of the most popular dive destinations in the area. The island's economy is centered around tourism, and as such, you'll find plenty of amenities for visitors. The prices are comparable to other coastal towns in the area and there is no shortage of activities or attractions nearby.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta remains a popular tourist destination with Americans, particularly during spring break when students flock to the area. The area is quite beautiful and has many gorgeous beaches, interesting jungles and waterfalls nearby, and no shortage of luxury resorts and four star restaurants. Many of the locals speak English and are friendly and open to helping tourists with directions or general information. Puerto Vallarta's popularity means that its prices are some of the highest in Mexico, particularly during holidays when the area can get quite crowded.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Vallarta or Cozumel?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cozumel is $61, while the average daily cost in Puerto Vallarta is $74. 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 Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $60 in Cozumel For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Puerto Vallarta's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $82. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $41.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cozumel $30
    Puerto Vallarta $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cozumel $60
    Puerto Vallarta $82

Food

Cozumel food costs typically run travelers around $15 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

The price of a meal in Puerto Vallarta can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $24 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $9.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cozumel $15
    Puerto Vallarta $24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cozumel

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

  • Cozumel Food Tour: $80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Vallarta

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

  • Taco102 - dinner taco walk - all inclusive: $45
  • Go Off The Beaten Path with a Foodie | Food Tour in Pitillal: $50
  • Food Tour after Sunset in Pitillal: $50
  • Signature Taco and Street Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $55
  • Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour: $55
  • Taste of Pitillal Food Tour: $55
  • Food Tour in Old Town with a Foodie & Photographer: $55
  • Mole & Pozole Food Tour: $57
  • Vallarta by Road Food Tour: $68
  • Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class with a Local Helene in a Traditional Hacienda: $77
  • Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour: $88
  • Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Tour, Lesson and Tastings: $90

Local Transportation

To get around in Cozumel, the average visitor spends $15 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Puerto Vallarta.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cozumel $15
    Puerto Vallarta $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cozumel

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

  • Private Arrival Transfer: Cozumel International Airport to Hotels (1 - 6): $60
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Cozumel International Airport (1 - 6): $60
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Cozumel International Airport 5 - 8: $147

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Vallarta

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Round trip transfer Private Car from-to Puerto Vallarta Airport-PVR-Punta Mita: $240
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) to Punta de Mita - Private Roundtrip Transfer: $226
  • Roundtrip transfer private minivan from-to Airport(PVR)-PuertoVallarta (sur): $209
  • Round trip transfer private minivan from-to Puerto Vallarta Airport-City Center: $182
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport to Punta de Mita: $173
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) to Sayulita hotels - Private Roundtrip Transfer: $143
  • Airport Transfer Puerto Vallarta: $117
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) to Punta de Mita hotels - Private Arrival Transfer: $113
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport to Nuevo Vallarta: $106
  • Round trip transfer Private Car from-to Puerto Vallarta Airport-PVR-City Center: $94
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) to Puerto Vallarta - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $92
  • Transfer in private minivan from City Center to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR): $91

Entertainment

In Cozumel, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $29 per person, per day.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Puerto Vallarta. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cozumel $29
    Puerto Vallarta $12

Tours and Activities in Cozumel

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cozumel.

  • Discover Mexico Cozumel Park Tickets: $26
  • VIP Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkeling 3 Reefs Tour: $32
  • All Inclusive Beach Adventure with Snorkeling: $44
  • Cozumel Island Tour by Open-Top Safari Bus Including Tequila Tasting: $49
  • Thriller Jet Boat Adventure: $50
  • Jet Boat Experience: $50
  • Cozumel City Tour with Lunch: $57
  • West Coast E-Bike Snorkeling Tour: $57
  • Mayan Laser Tag Adventure at Chankanaab Park: $65
  • Discover Mexico & Chankanaab National Park Combo Tour: $65
  • Catamaran Snorkeling Tour with Open Bar and Lunch: $67
  • Cozumel...Your Tourist Guide: $67

Tours and Activities in Puerto Vallarta

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

  • 14 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour: $380
  • 8 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour: $280
  • ATV Adventure Tour in Puerto Vallarta Including Tequila Tasting: $76
  • ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta: $85
  • ATV Adventure in Puerto Vallarta (Single): $76
  • ATV Adventure in Vallarta (Shared): $92
  • ATV Adventure in the Jungle - Shared: $92
  • ATV Adventure in the Jungle Single in Puerto Vallarta: $78
  • ATV Experience Adventure (Single): $77
  • ATV Experience in Puerto Vallarta (Single): $77
  • ATV Tour Jungle Adventure for Single Rider: $85
  • ATV and Zipline Adventure Combo Tour with Tequila Tasting: $230

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Cozumel, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.33.

The average person spends about $16 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Vallarta per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cozumel $7.33
    Puerto Vallarta $16


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

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