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

Should you visit Flores or Tamarindo?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Flores and Tamarindo 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.

Tamarindo

Tamarindo is a small beach town in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. This town is usually sought out by surfers, fishers, couples, and families. There are delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches, and friendly Tico's and Tica's (local Costa Rican nicknames) everywhere.

Which city is cheaper, Tamarindo 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 Tamarindo is $83. 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 Tamarindo 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.

A hotel room in Tamarindo is about $60 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Flores $6.94
    Tamarindo $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Flores $14
    Tamarindo $60


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.

On average, meal and food prices in Tamarindo cost around $22 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $8.80.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Flores $10
    Tamarindo $22


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 average price of local transportation around Tamarindo is $59 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Flores $6.33
    Tamarindo $59

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tamarindo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tamarindo:

  • Volcano Adventure Sisisi Transfers & Tours Costa Rica: $155
  • Transfer TO or FROM Tamarindo Area to SJO Airport: $325
  • Transfer Liberia to Tamarindo: $90
  • Private transfer from Tamarindo to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $265
  • Private Transfer to Tamarindo Beach from Liberia Airport: $100
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Liberia Airport to Tamarindo with Free Drinks: $89
  • Private Premium Transfer: From Tamarindo Zone: $85
  • Liberia Airport Private Transfer To Or From Tamarindo: $86


Entertainment

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

Tamarindo's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $5.04 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Flores $16
    Tamarindo $5.04
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 Tamarindo

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

  • 2 Days & 2 Nights Diving Adventure: $1,750
  • 2.5 Hours Tamarindo ATV Snorkel Tour to Secluded Beaches: $77
  • 4 Hour Beach & Mountain Tamarindo ATV Adventure: $144
  • ATV Adventures: $85
  • ATV Tour at Tamarindo: $77
  • ATV Tour in Tamarindo: $92
  • ATV Zipline Tour from Tamarindo/Flamingo: $125
  • ATV and SUP Tour from Tamarindo Beach: $128
  • Afternoon Sailing Tour in Guanacaste: $85
  • Antares Sailing Adventures tour: $87
  • Arenal One Day Tour: $230
  • Blue Dolphin Sailing Adventure: $81


Alcohol

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

The average person spends about $5.18 on alcoholic beverages in Tamarindo 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
    Tamarindo $5.18
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 Tamarindo, we can see that Tamarindo 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 Tamarindo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tamarindo than you might in Flores.

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