A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Isla Mujeres vs. Puerto Vallarta for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Isla Mujeres or Puerto Vallarta?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Isla Mujeres and Puerto Vallarta. 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.

Isla Mujeres

About eight miles from the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres is an island in the Mexican Caribbean Sea. The town, of the same name, has a population of about 13,000. Tourism has grown in the area since the 1970s and today it is a significant part of the island's economy. As such, there are plenty of amenities that cater specifically to visitors. The island's proximity to Cuba make it a common transit point for Cubans in route to the United States.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta remains a popular tourist destination with Americans, particularly during spring break when students flock to the area. The area is quite beautiful and has many gorgeous beaches, interesting jungles and waterfalls nearby, and no shortage of luxury resorts and four star restaurants. Many of the locals speak English and are friendly and open to helping tourists with directions or general information. Puerto Vallarta's popularity means that its prices are some of the highest in Mexico, particularly during holidays when the area can get quite crowded.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Vallarta or Isla Mujeres?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Isla Mujeres is $99, while the average daily cost in Puerto Vallarta is $77. 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 Mujeres and Puerto Vallarta in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $104 for a double occupancy room in Isla Mujeres.

Puerto Vallarta's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $84. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $42.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Isla Mujeres $52
    Puerto Vallarta $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Isla Mujeres $104
    Puerto Vallarta $84

Food

In Isla Mujeres travelers spend around $31 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.

The price of a meal in Puerto Vallarta can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $25 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Isla Mujeres $31
    Puerto Vallarta $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Isla Mujeres

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

  • Private Deluxe Lobster Dinner In A Catamaran: $1,600

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Vallarta

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

  • Taco102 - dinner taco walk - all inclusive: $45
  • Go Off The Beaten Path with a Foodie | Food Tour in Pitillal: $50
  • Food Tour after Sunset in Pitillal: $50
  • Signature Taco and Street Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $55
  • Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour: $55
  • Taste of Pitillal Food Tour: $55
  • Food Tour in Old Town with a Foodie & Photographer: $55
  • Mole & Pozole Food Tour: $57
  • Vallarta by Road Food Tour: $68
  • Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class with a Local Helene in a Traditional Hacienda: $77
  • Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour: $88
  • Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Tour, Lesson and Tastings: $90

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Isla Mujeres is $24 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $13 per day to get around in Puerto Vallarta.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Isla Mujeres $24
    Puerto Vallarta $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Isla Mujeres

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Isla Mujeres:

  • Private Catamaran To Isla Mujeres And Transfer: $1,520

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Vallarta

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Puerto Vallarta International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Puerto Vallarta International Airport: $18
  • Puerto Vallarta Roundtrip Shuttle Airport Transfer: $26
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Puerto Vallarta International Airport to Hotel (1 - 3): $26
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Pueto Vallarta International Airport (1 - 3): $26
  • Private Airport Transfer: Licenciado Díaz Ordaz Airport (PVR) to Puerto Vallarta: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Vallarta to Licenciado Díaz Ordaz Airport (PVR): $28
  • Private Departure Transfer from Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta Airport: $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Puerto Vallarta International Airport to Hotel (4 - 6): $29
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Pto. Vallarta International Airport (4 - 6): $29
  • Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Puerto Vallarta International Airport: $36
  • Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) - Private Departure Transfer: $46

Is it cheaper to fly into Isla Mujeres or Puerto Vallarta?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Vallarta and Isla Mujeres 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

Isla Mujeres's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Puerto Vallarta. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Isla Mujeres $14
    Puerto Vallarta $12

Tours and Activities in Isla Mujeres

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

  • Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour with Lunch Included: $45
  • Street Art of Isla Mujeres Tour: $60
  • Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour: $63
  • Isla Mujeres walking tour for Beach & Sun lovers!: $75
  • Cancun: Isla Mujeres Snorkel Tour with Ferry Ride and Lunch: $75
  • Luxury Catamaran tour to isla mujeres with transportation from Tulum: $108
  • Tulum & Playa del Carmen Combo Tour with Catamaran Adventure: $115
  • From Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks Tour: $125
  • 2020 SPECIAL!! 2 Tank Adventures Drift and Wreck dives: $125
  • Scuba Diving Adventure without Certification! Try it today!: $165
  • Private and Shared Whale Shark Tour from Tulum: $180
  • The Best of Isla Mujeres Walking Tour: $409

Tours and Activities in Puerto Vallarta

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

  • Puerto Vallarta City Tour: $8.50
  • Puerto Vallarta City Tour: $24
  • Puerto Vallarta Art Tour: $27
  • Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour: $29
  • Puerto Vallarta City Tour: $29
  • Sayulita And San Pancho Beachs Tour: $34
  • Puerto Vallarta PhotoWalk and City Tour: $35
  • City Tour and Tequila Tasting Puerto Vallarta: $36
  • Zip Line Canopy Jungle Adventure from Puerto Vallarta: $39
  • Private Tour in El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride: $40
  • Puerto Vallarta Local-Style Walking tour: $41
  • Sayulita & San Pancho Beach Town Tour: $43

Alcohol

The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Isla Mujeres per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $16 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Vallarta per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Isla Mujeres $17
    Puerto Vallarta $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Isla Mujeres

Also in Isla Mujeres, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Isla Mujeres Golf Cart Bar Crawl: $121


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

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