A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Granada vs. Jaco

Should you visit Granada or Jaco?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Granada and Jaco. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Granada

Granada is Nicaragua's oldest colonial city, and arguably, the most beautiful city in the country. It sits on the northern edge of Lake Nicaragua (Lago Cocibolca) and has many beautifully colored buildings and nice churches. The city's beauty and colonial architecture, along with its relative safety and accessibility, make it one of Nicaragua's top tourist destinations. The city has long been a center for commerce, but today its economy depends heavily on tourism. The city is the sixth largest in Nicaragua and a real estate boom in the early 2000's brought a large number of expats to the town.

Jaco

Jaco is a beach destination on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This resort city is located in the county of Garabito in the Puntarenas province. It has a population of about 10,000 residents and a 2.5 mile long beach that is an excellent surfing destination.

Because Jaco is located on the coast, it's weather is influenced by the water. The climate is humid with a relative humidity of about 80%, but climbing to 90% in the month of June. The temperature is usually between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. There are distinct wet and dry seasons with August through early December being the rainy season and late December through early April being the dry season. Rain is irregular during the rest of the year.

Which city is cheaper, Jaco or Granada?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Granada is $23, while the average daily cost in Jaco is $63. 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 Granada and Jaco in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $20 for a double occupancy room in Granada.

The prices for places to stay in Jaco can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $40, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $80.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Granada $10
    Jaco $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Granada $20
    Jaco $80

Food

Granada food costs typically run travelers around $9.68 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.

The average traveler spends about $13 per day in Jaco 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Granada $9.68
    Jaco $13
Typical Food prices in Granada

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


  • Pizza
    $2.39

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Granada

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Granada.

  • Middle Eastern 6-course dinner in Granada with a professional chef: $49
  • Albaicín & Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour with Flamenco & Tapas Dinner: $81
  • Small Group Food Tour in Granada: $88
  • Spanish Tapas Cooking Class in Granada: $116

Typical Food prices in Jaco

For Jaco, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Hermosa BeachLlunch
    $3.24
  • Taco Bar Dinner
    $7.40
  • Pizza & Smoothie Lunch
    $5.18
  • Ice Cream
    $4.86
  • Breakfast Taco Bar
    $2.74
  • Fruit Plate
    $2.43

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaco

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

  • Traveling Spoon Ceviche Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Online Costa Rican Cooking Class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman: $35
  • Costa Rican cooking class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman: $70

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $1.78 per day to get around in Granada.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Granada $1.78
    Jaco -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Granada

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Granada:

  • Transfer from/to Managua Airport (MGA) to Granada City: $49
  • Transfer from Granada to Nerja: $62
  • Seville Private Transfer from Granada with sightseeing in Antequera and Cordoba: $634
  • Private Transfer: Granada to Federico García Lorca Granada Airport (GRX): $622
  • Private Transfer: Granada City or Sierra Nevada to Airport GRX by Business Van: $57
  • Private Transfer: Granada City or Sierra Nevada to Airport GRX by Business Car: $38
  • Private Transfer from Granada to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $276
  • Private Transfer Granada Airport to Granada City or Sierra Nevada by BusinessVan: $57
  • Private Transfer Granada Airport to Granada City or Sierra Nevada by BusinessCar: $38
  • Private Transfer From/To Granada Airport: $53
  • Private IN/OUT transfer from/to Granada city from/to Granada airport: $56
  • Private Departure Transfer from Granada City Center to Granada Airport (GRX): $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaco

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

  • Transfer TO or FROM Jaco Beach Area to SJO Airport: $95
  • Jaco to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - Departure Private Transfer: $112
  • Jacó Private Transfer to San Jose Airport for 1 to 5 People: $146
  • Jaco Airport Transfers: $149
  • Private transfer from Jaco Beach to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $152
  • Private Departure Transfer: Jaco Beach to Juan Santamaría International Airport: $153
  • Transfer from Jaco to Monteverde up to 5 passengers: $210

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.73 per person, per day in Granada. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Jaco can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $39 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Granada $4.73
    Jaco $39
Typical Entertainment prices in Granada

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Granada are as follows:


  • Lago de Nicaragua Boat Tour
    $8.53

Tours and Activities in Granada

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

  • 2-Day Seville Tour from Granada with Royal Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral and Flamenco Show: $271
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour of Granada: $55
  • 3-day Andalucia Tour: Codoba & Seville from Granada: $917
  • 4WD Sierra Nevada Safari PRIVATE TOUR: $118
  • A day in the life of Granada - Private tour with a local: $249
  • Albaicin and Sacromonte Guided Tour: $19
  • Albaicin and Sacromonte Walking Tour: $12
  • Albaicin quarter - night private tour: $115
  • Albayzin and Sacromonte Electric Bike Tour in Granada: $76
  • Albayzin and Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour in Granada: $19
  • Albayzin and Sacromonte private tour at sunset with tapas: $169
  • Alhambra & Generalife Guided Premium Tour (Small Groups with Direct Entry): $98

Typical Entertainment prices in Jaco

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


  • Dance Class
    $8.07
  • Surf Lesson
    $40
  • Bike Rental
    $8.07
  • Tortuga Island Tour
    $80
  • Massage
    $36

Tours and Activities in Jaco

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

  • High Ropes Course Adventure in Jaco: $30
  • 4x4 Land Cruiser Ride to the Waterfalls Tour: $33
  • Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour: $35
  • Rainforest Costa Rica Sunset Tour: $46
  • Guided Motorcycle Tour of Jaco: $50
  • Chocolate Experience by CRHR: $53
  • ATV Tour in Jaco: $54
  • Jacó beach horseback riding experience: $57
  • Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Aerial Tram: $60
  • Chocolate Experience: $60
  • Jungle Waterfall and River Crossing ATV Tour at Jaco: $64
  • Waterfall Adventure Prohiker: $65

Alcohol

The average person spends about $4.11 on alcoholic beverages in Granada per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Jaco spend on average $21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Granada $4.11
    Jaco $21
Typical Alcohol prices in Granada

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Granada:


  • Tequila
    $1.42

Sample the Local Flavors in Granada

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

  • Wine Tasting in Granada: $57
  • Granada Tapas and wine tour!: $67
  • Granada Traditional Tapas and Wine Tour - by Oh My Good Guide!: $81
  • Small-Group Granada Tapas Bar Crawl Evening Tasting Experience: $83
  • BEST OF Flamenco, Tapas and Wine Tour - by OhMyGoodGuide!: $106

Typical Alcohol prices in Jaco

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Jaco:


  • Wine
    $12
  • Night at the Bar
    $22


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

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