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

Should you visit Granada or Tamarindo?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Granada and Tamarindo. 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.

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 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 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 Granada and Tamarindo 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.

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


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Granada $10
    Tamarindo $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Granada $20
    Tamarindo $60


Food

Granada food costs typically run travelers around $9.64 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.

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
    Granada $9.64
    Tamarindo $22
Typical Food prices in Granada

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


  • Pizza
    $2.38

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


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $1.77 per day to get around in Granada.

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.
    Granada $1.77
    Tamarindo $59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Granada

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Granada:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Granada to Granada Airport (GRX): $25
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Granada Airport (GRX) to Granada City Center: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Granada City Center to Granada Airport (GRX): $26
  • Private Business Transfer:Granada Train Station to Granada City or Sierra Nevada: $34
  • Private Business Transfer:Granada City or Sierra Nevada to Granada Train Station: $34
  • Private Transfer Granada Airport to Granada City or Sierra Nevada by BusinessCar: $38
  • Private Transfer: Granada City or Sierra Nevada to Airport GRX by Business Car: $38
  • Transfer from/to Managua Airport (MGA) to Granada City: $49
  • Granada Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $51
  • Granada Airport Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Granada Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Private Transfer From/To Granada Airport: $53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tamarindo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tamarindo:

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


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.71 per person, per day in Granada. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

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.
    Granada $4.71
    Tamarindo $5.04
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
    $8.49

Tours and Activities in Granada

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

  • Self-guided Virtual Tour of Alhambra Palace: The Highlights: $11
  • Albaicin and Sacromonte Walking Tour: $12
  • Jewish and Christian Neighborhoods Guided Tour: $13
  • Illustration Walking Tours in Albayzin Granada: $15
  • Granada Walking Tour: $15
  • Granada Walking Tour: Albaicin and Sacromonte Quarters: $16
  • Albaicin & Sacromonte regular tour: $17
  • Albaicin & Sacromonte nigth tour: $17
  • Tour De Misterios Y Leyendas Por Granada: $17
  • Tour Albaicín y Sacromonte: $17
  • Tour Albaicín & Sacromonte: $17
  • Albayzin and Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour in Granada: $19

Tours and Activities in Tamarindo

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

  • Skip the Line: Monkey Park Admission Ticket: $27
  • Kayak Tour: $45
  • Turtle Watching Tour: $45
  • Turtle Nesting Tour: $46
  • Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo: $46
  • Tamarindo River Boat Tour: $50
  • Canopy Tour Costa Rica: $55
  • Tamarindo Kayak Estuary Mangrove Tour: $56
  • Tamarindo Kayaking Tour with Snorkeling at Captain Island: $60
  • Premium Tour: Turtle Nesting Tour: $62
  • Private Buggy/ATV Sunset Tour at Tamarindo: $65
  • Early Bird Watching Tour: $65


Alcohol

The average person spends about $4.09 on alcoholic beverages in Granada per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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
    Granada $4.09
    Tamarindo $5.18
Typical Alcohol prices in Granada

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


  • Tequila
    $1.41

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



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Granada and Tamarindo, we can see that Tamarindo 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 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 Granada.

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