Should you visit Isla de Ometepe or Quepos?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Isla de Ometepe or Quepos, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Isla de Ometepe
Ometepe is a dramatically beautiful island in Lake Nicaragua in the country of Nicaragua. The island is the largest in the lake and is formed by two dramatic twin volcanoes that climb high from the water's surface. The two volcanoes are Concepcion and Maderas, and they are joined by an isthmus to make one island with an area of 276 square kilometers. The island is 31 kilometers long and between 5 and 10 kilometers wide. There are several small settlements on the island as well as a few coffee plantations. It is also one of the top sights in the country and makes for a unique travel destination.
Quepos is both a district and the capital of Aguirre canton in the Puntareanas Province of Costa Rica. The town is quite small, and the district has a population of about 22,000 people. Quepos is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. The town's economy is centered around tourism and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area. The town also has a lively nightlife for such a small community.
Which city is cheaper, Quepos or Isla de Ometepe?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Isla de Ometepe is $29, while the average daily cost in Quepos is $76. 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 Isla de Ometepe and Quepos in more detail.
A hotel room in Isla de Ometepe is about $22 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $98 in Quepos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
On average, meal and food prices in Isla de Ometepe cost around $11 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 $4.40.
The average traveler spends about $20 per day in Quepos 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.
Meals for one day
Isla de Ometepe $11
Typical Food prices in Quepos
For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Seafood Dinner (for 1)
The cost of a taxi ride in Isla de Ometepe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.67 per person, per day, on local transportation in Isla de Ometepe.
Quepos'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 $6.26 per person, per day on transportation in Quepos.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos
Also for Quepos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio:
Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Manuel Antonio to SJO International Airport - Private Transfer:
Private transfer from Uvita to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers:
One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna:
One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Puerto Jiménez:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 11 to 15 passengers:
Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo Limón:
Is it cheaper to fly into Isla de Ometepe or Quepos?
Prices for flights to both Quepos and Isla de Ometepe change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Entertainment and activities in Isla de Ometepe typically cost an average of $11 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Quepos can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Quepos
For Quepos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with pick up included:
Private Hiking, Nature and Discovery Tour in Quepos:
Private Tour to Manuel Antonio Park and it's Amazing Wildlife:
Manuel Antonio with Mauro / FULLY PRIVATE TOUR:
Espadilla Private Reserve jungle night tour with pick up included:
Manuel Antonio Jungle Night Research Experience in Costa Rica:
Sloth Tour Manuel Antonio National Park:
guided community tour (certified):
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour:
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour:
Damas Island Boat tour:
Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour:
The average person spends about $7.45 on alcoholic beverages in Isla de Ometepe per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typically, people visiting Quepos spend on average $9.59 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Isla de Ometepe and Quepos, we can see that Quepos is more expensive. And not only is Isla de Ometepe much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Isla de Ometepe would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Isla de Ometepe 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 Quepos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Quepos than you might in Isla de Ometepe.
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