A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Freeport vs. Ponce

Should you visit Freeport or Ponce?

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

Freeport

When you picture the Bahamas you likely picture the beaches, resorts and playgrounds of Nassau. Just to the northwest of this tourist paradise is a tropical city founded on industry. Freeport began as mostly swampland and is now the second most populous city in the Bahamas.

This city is less of a tourist attraction - a place where you'll find the true Bahaman culture mixed in with some relaxing spots to help you unwind and get into your island vacation.

Ponce

Ponce is on the south coast of Puerto Rico. It's the second largest city on the island and has been around since 1692 when it was originally founded by Ponce de Leon's grandson Juan Ponce de Leon y Loayza. The city has several nicknames, including La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), La Ciudad Senorial (The Noble, or Lordly, City), and La Ciudad de las Quenepas (Genip City).

Which city is cheaper, Ponce or Freeport?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Freeport is $205, while the average daily cost in Ponce is $164. 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 Freeport and Ponce in more detail.




Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $244 for a double occupancy room in Freeport If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Ponce is $242. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Freeport $122
    Ponce $121
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Freeport $244
    Ponce $242


Food

In Freeport travelers spend around $49 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.

Ponce food costs typically run travelers around $28 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Freeport $49
    Ponce $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Freeport

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

  • Bahamian Culture and Cooking Lesson Tour: $71
  • A Taste of Bahamas Cultural Food Tour: $79
  • Around Town/Bahamian Cooking Experience: $120


Local Transportation

Freeport'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 $52 per person, per day on transportation in Freeport.

The average price of local transportation around Ponce is $8.00 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.
    Freeport $52
    Ponce $8.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Freeport

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

  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Freeport International Airport to Hotel: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Freeport International Airport: $14
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Freeport Harbour International Airport to Hotel: $15
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Freeport Harbours International Airport: $15
  • Freeport Roundtrip Airport Transfers: $16
  • Freeport Shore Excursion: Round-Trip Beach Transfer to Taino Beach: $18
  • Bahamas: Round-Trip Airport & Seaport Transfers: $20
  • Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Freeport International Airport: $29
  • Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Freeport Harbour International Airport: $30
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Freeport International Airport to Hotels (1 - 2): $47
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Freeport International Airport (1 - 2): $47
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Freeport Airport to Hotel: $48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ponce

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ponce:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Ponce Hotel to San Juan Cruise Port: $228


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Freeport can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $29 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Ponce's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $45 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.
    Freeport $29
    Ponce $45
Typical Entertainment prices in Freeport

For Freeport, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • 10 Dive Package
    $299
  • 4 Hr. Kayak Tour
    $70
  • 1/2 Day Snorkel Trip
    $75

Tours and Activities in Freeport

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

  • Junkanoo Beach Shuttle from Freeport Cruise Ship Dock: $15
  • Shore Excursion: Freeport Beach and Shopping Tour: $26
  • Freeport 3-Hour City Tour: $30
  • Grum Ma's Cultural Center Admission and Tour: $38
  • Best of the Grand Bahamas Tour: $50
  • Tesla City Tours and MadKap Beach Experience: $51
  • Freeport 4-Hour Garden of the Groves Tour: $55
  • Freeport Snorkeling Adventure: $55
  • High Rock & New Free Town: Half-Day Tour from Freeport: $55
  • Freeport Reef Snorkeling Adventure with Beach Break and Shopping: $70
  • Cave Tour and Gold Rock Beach: $75
  • Freeport Shore Excursion: Garden of the Groves and City Tour: $76

Tours and Activities in Ponce

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

  • Guided Walking Tour in Ponce: $26


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 Freeport, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $23.

The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in Ponce per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Freeport $23
    Ponce $13

Sample the Local Flavors in Freeport

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Freeport:

  • Sands Brewery 1.5-Hour Tour - All You Can Drink: $26
  • Freeport Shore Excursion: Bahamian Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting: $31
  • Freeport Bazaar and Brewery Tour: $44
  • Brewery Tour at Bahamian Brewery: $65



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

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