Should you visit Flores or Quepos?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Flores and Quepos can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Quepos is both a district and the capital of Aguirre canton in the Puntareanas Province of Costa Rica. The town is quite small, and the district has a population of about 22,000 people. Quepos is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. The town's economy is centered around tourism and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area. The town also has a lively nightlife for such a small community.
Which city is cheaper, Quepos 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 Quepos is $76. 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 Quepos in more detail.
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.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $98 in Quepos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
The average traveler spends about $19 per day in Quepos 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 Quepos
For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Seafood Dinner (for 1)
To get around in Flores, the average visitor spends $6.32 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.
Quepos's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $6.22 per person, per day on transportation in Quepos.
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:
Round-Trip Private Transfer to Tikal from Flores:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos
Also for Quepos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo Limón:
Private transfer from Uvita to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 11 to 15 passengers:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers:
One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio:
One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Puerto Jiménez:
One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna:
Manuel Antonio to SJO International Airport - Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Flores or Quepos?
Prices for flights to both Quepos and Flores 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.
In Flores, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Quepos can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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)
Map of Tikal
Tours and Activities in Flores
For Flores, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2-Day Mayan Ruins Tour of Tikal and Yaxha from Flores:
Bird Observation Tour:
Bird Watch Tour in Ixpanpajul, Tikal or Taxha:
Birding Tour In Tikal:
Crater Azul, Full day Tour, From FLORES, Petén.:
Day Tour to Ixpanpajul Natural Park:
Day Tour to Petén Itzá Lake and Petencito Zoo:
Day Trip from Flores with Sunrise in Tikal and Archeology Tour:
El Mirador And Crater Azul Tour From Flores 2d / 1n:
El Mirador And Tikal Tour From Flores 2d / 1n:
El Mirador And Yaxha Tour From Flores City 2d / 1 N:
El Mirador Tour By Helicopter From Flores:
Tours and Activities in Quepos
For Quepos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
ATV Guided Tour:
ATV Tour Manuel Antonio Half Day Trip:
All Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure from Manuel Antonio:
AquaQuepos Private Snorkeling Sunset Cruise:
AquaQuepos Snorkeling Morning Cruise:
Beautiful Manuel Antonio Sunset Tour.:
Birding at El Rey. (Marshes,rice fields,canals) Private Birding Tour:
Birdwatching Manuel Antonio/ El Rey. (Marshes,rice fields,canals) Group Tour:
Birdwatching Tour Manuel Antonio / Esquipulas Private Tour:
Birdwatching Tour Manuel Antonio /Esquipulas Group Tour Experience:
Typically, people visiting Flores spend on average $17 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Quepos spend on average $9.52 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Flores
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Flores are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Flores and Quepos, we can see that Quepos 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 Quepos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Quepos than you might in Flores.
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