Should you visit Florianopolis or Santa Marta?
Should I visit Florianopolis or Santa Marta? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
With a population of almost 500,000, Florianopolis is the capital city of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. The city is split between mainland Brazil and Santa Catarina Island.
Florianopolis has grown in popularity with tourists recently because of its wonderful scenery, beautiful beaches, and fascinating culture. Many Brazilians have also moved here, leaving behind the big cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Florianopolis has a warm humid subtropical climate. There are summer, winter, spring and fall seasons. Frosts are rare but do occur occasionally. Highs during the warmest months are usually in the high 70s Fahrenheit. Rain is evenly distributed throughout the year and there is no distinct dry season.
Santa Marta is a city in the Magdalena Department of Colombia's Costa Norte. Over the last decade, security has steadily been replacing the shadow of the Colombia's violent past. One destination in Colombia's northeast region is now attracting more international visitors: the coastal Caribbean area of Santa Marta. Established in 1525 by the Spanish as a base of conquest, Santa Marta sits at the foot of the world's highest coastal mountain range, the towering Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is South America's oldest European-founded town and the second most important colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast. While many travelers complain about Santa Marta's horrible traffic and unsightly urban sprawl, the city holds a numerous amounts of great hotels, bars and restaurants and holds a few fantastic destinations nearby to which you can go during the daytime.
Which city is cheaper, Santa Marta or Florianopolis?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Florianopolis is $48, while the average daily cost in Santa Marta is $27. 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 Florianopolis and Santa Marta in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $40 in Florianopolis For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $22 for a double occupancy room in Santa Marta If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $17 per day in Florianopolis 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.
Santa Marta food costs typically run travelers around $8.25 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.
Meals for one day
Santa Marta $8.25
Typical Food prices in Florianopolis
For Florianopolis, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Florianopolis
For Florianopolis, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Floripa Cooking Class:
Typical Food prices in Santa Marta
For Santa Marta, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santa Marta
For Santa Marta, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Food Tour in Santa Marta Old City Half-Day:
Santa Marta 2-hour Street Food Tour:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Florianopolis than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $10 on transportation in Florianopolis on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Santa Marta than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $4.34 on transportation in Santa Marta on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Florianopolis
Also for Florianopolis, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Shared transfer from Florianópolis airport to Balneário Camboriú:
Private transfer: Florianopolis to Florianopolis International Airport (FLN):
Private transfer: Florianopolis International Airport (FLN) to Florianopolis:
Private transfer: Cali International Airport (CLO) to Cali:
Private Airport Transfer: from Florianopolis to Hercilio Luz Int. Airport (FLN):
Private Airport Transfer: Hercilio Luz Int. Airport (FLN) to Florianopolis:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Santa Marta
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santa Marta:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Marta
Also for Santa Marta, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer in private minivan from Santa Marta city to Santa Marta Airport (SMR):
Transfer in private minivan from Santa Marta Airport (SMR) to Santa Marta city:
Transfer in Private Car from Santa Marta city to Santa Marta Airport (SMR):
Transfer in Private Car from Santa Marta Airport (SMR) to Santa Marta city:
Transfer Round Trip Airport - Hotel (santa Marta):
Santa Marta Arrival or Departure Transfer: Airport / Cruise Ship Terminal:
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Santa Marta Airport (SMR) to city:
Round trip transfer in Private Car from-to Santa Marta Airport(SMR) to City:
Private transfer between Santa Marta and Cartagena (or vice versa):
Private Transfer to Cartagena or Barranquilla City from Santa Marta:
Private Transfer to / from Palomino, Tayrona Park or Minca from Santa Marta:
Private Transfer Santa Marta to Palomino (or vice versa):
Sightseeing expenses in Florianopolis, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.
Sightseeing expenses in Santa Marta, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $11 per day, per person.
Typical Entertainment prices in Florianopolis
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Florianopolis's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tours and Activities in Florianopolis
For Florianopolis, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Balneário Camboriú City Tour from Florianópolis:
Blumenau City Tour - departing from Florianópolis:
Blumenau City Tour from Florianópolis:
Campeche Island day tour - Transport and boat crossing:
Florianópolis Full Day City Tour:
North Florianópolis Bike Tour: Mozambique, Santinho and Ingleses Beaches:
Private Day Tour: Florianópolis Island with Professional Pictures:
Private Guided Tour in Florianopolis:
Roteiro Regular - Floripa City Tour Sul e Leste em grupo:
Shared Shuttle between Florianópolis Airport and Hotel with optional City Tour:
Southern Beaches of Florianópolis Bike Tour:
Tours and Activities in Santa Marta
For Santa Marta, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
"Gabo Márquez" Tour - Aracataca and Cienaga:
2 Day Coastal Motorcycle Tour:
4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta:
5-Day Private Guided Hiking Experience to The Lost City:
Aracataca And Ciénaga - Gabriel García Márquez Tour:
Archeological Tour in Taironaka with River Tubing and a small Lost City:
Arrecife and Cañaveral tour from Santa Marta:
BE RELAX TOUR - Bahia Concha:
BE TROPICAL TOUR - Buritaca & Playa Los Angeles:
Cartagena - City Tour:
City Tour Santa Marta:
Coffee Tour La Victoria:
Typically, people visiting Florianopolis spend on average $6.80 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Santa Marta spend on average $5.53 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Florianopolis
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Florianopolis from other travelers:
Typical Alcohol prices in Santa Marta
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santa Marta from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Santa Marta
Also in Santa Marta, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Nicks 1892 Coffee farm & Brewery:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Florianopolis and Santa Marta, we can see that Florianopolis is more expensive. And not only is Santa Marta much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santa Marta would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santa Marta 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 Florianopolis would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Florianopolis than you might in Santa Marta.
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