A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Flores vs. Liberia

Should you visit Flores or Liberia?

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

Flores

The town of Flores is located in Peten, Guatemala. The main hub is located on an island on Lago Peten Itza, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. On the other side of the causeway are the towns of Santa Elena and San Benito, however, all three are often referred to as Flores. Most people visit the area for its proximity to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, though the town itself is also charming with colonial buildings and historic churches lining the cobbled streets.

Liberia

Liberia is a town in northwestern Costa Rica. It is the capital of the Guanacaste province, which is about 140 miles away from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. The town has a population of about 56,000 and is one of the tourism centers of the country.

Which city is cheaper, Liberia or Flores?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Flores is $26, while the average daily cost in Liberia 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 Flores and Liberia in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $14 for a double occupancy room in Flores If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $78 for a double occupancy room in Liberia.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Flores $6.94
    Liberia $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Flores $14
    Liberia $78

Food

While meal prices in Flores can vary, the average travelers spends about $10 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Flores should cost around $4.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Flores is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Liberia 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
    Flores $10
    Liberia $14

Typical Food prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of dining costs in Liberia are as follows:


  • Snacks
    $1.62
  • Lunch at The Shack (for 1)
    $4.06
  • Lunch
    $9.38
  • Coffee & Tres Leches (for 2)
    $11
  • Ginger Ale
    $1.05

Local Transportation

To get around in Flores, the average visitor spends $6.33 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Liberia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 per person, per day, on local transportation in Liberia.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Flores $6.33
    Liberia $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Flores

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

  • Tikal National Park Tour with Guide and Transfer: $45
  • Round-Trip Private Transfer to Tikal from Flores: $90

Typical Local Transportation prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Liberia are as follows:


  • Bike Rental
    $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Liberia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Liberia:

  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Westin Conchal Hotel: $131
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Riu Palace Hotel in Guanacaste: $65
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Riu Guanacaste Hotel in Guanacaste: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Playas del Coco Guanacaste: $67
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Playa Hermosa Guanacaste: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Planet Hollywood Beach Resort: $76
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Nosara Beach Guanacaste: $183
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa: $131
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Four Seasons Resort: $117
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to El Mangroove Hotel: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Dreams Las Mareas Hotel: $128
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Bosque del Mar Hotel: $85

Entertainment

In Flores, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.

Entertainment and activities in Liberia typically cost an average of $16 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Flores $16
    Liberia $16
Typical Entertainment prices in Flores

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


  • Tikal Entrance (for 2)
    $39
  • Map of Tikal
    $3.24

Tours and Activities in Flores

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

  • Tikal Ruins Day Tour from Flores: $40
  • Tikal National Park Full-Day Guided Tour from Flores: $55
  • Tikal Early Experience !: $64
  • Tikal Day Tour: $70
  • Tikal Day Tour with Lunch from Flores: $70
  • Uaxactun Day Tour from Flores: $80
  • Sunset in Tikal Park and Archeological Tour from Flores: $80
  • Day Trip from Flores with Sunrise in Tikal and Archeology Tour: $80
  • Tikal Private Sunset Tour with transportation: $85
  • Tikal Private Day Tour from Flores with transportation: $85
  • Yaxha Private Day Tour with transportation: $90
  • Yaxha Private Sunset Tour with transportation: $90

Tours and Activities in Liberia

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

  • 3 Days Small-Group Tour in Arenal Volcano from Liberia All Inclusive: $590
  • Beach-mountain & Sloth Refuge Buggy Tour: $256
  • Blue Volcanic River Waterfalls and Hot Springs Mud Bath Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Liberia: $128
  • Blue Volcanic River Waterfalls and Hot Springs Mud Bath Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Playa Del Coco: $128
  • Dino Park and Blue River Resort Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Liberia: $128
  • Dino Park and Blue River Resort Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Playa Del Coco: $128
  • Eco-Adventure Park Day Pass: $82
  • Full Day Volcano and Hot Springs Tour from Guanacaste: $200
  • Full-Day Adventure Tour in Guanacaste with Lunch: $174
  • Guachipelin Adventure Volcano Zipline Horseback River Tubing Combo: $113
  • Half-Day Tour to Tenorio Volcano National Park from Guanacaste: $139
  • Hiking to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park Private Tour: $185

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Flores spend on average $17 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about $7.30 on alcoholic beverages in Liberia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Flores $17
    Liberia $7.30
Typical Alcohol prices in Flores

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Flores are as follows:


  • Two Margaritas
    $2.59


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

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