A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kingston vs. Belize City for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kingston or Belize City?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Kingston or Belize City, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Kingston or Belize City?

Kingston

Kingston is Jamaica's capital city with a population of about 579,000. For being located on an island, Kingston is a very large city with several different zip codes. Not only is Kingston the cultural capital of the country, but also the commercial one as well.

Belize City

Belize City is the largest city in Belize. It was once the capital of the country, but due to massive hurricane damage in 1961, the country decided to relocate it capital. With a population of 57,000 people, Belize City is located right at the mouth of the Haulover Creek.

This gorgeous tropical city experiences a monsoon climate – meaning there are warm and humid conditions throughout the course of the year. There is a wet season from May to January, so plan for a little bit of rain in that time.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Belize, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Belize.


Which place is cheaper, Belize City or Kingston?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kingston is $108, while the average daily cost in Belize City is $88. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kingston and Belize City in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kingston $64
    Belize City $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kingston $128
    Belize City $98
Compare Hotels in Kingston and Belize City

Looking for a hotel in Kingston or Belize City? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Kingston


Hotels in Belize City


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kingston Hotel Prices and Belize City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kingston $29
    Belize City $5.82

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kingston

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kingston:

  • Private Transfer to/from Kingston Airport: $43
  • Private Transfer from Kingston Airport (KIN) to Montego Bay Port: $118
  • Private Transfer from Kingston Airport (KIN) to Falmouth Port: $71
  • Private Transfer Kingston Airport to Jewel Grande Montego Bay: $187
  • Private Transfer Kingston Airport to Hilton Rose Hall: $187
  • Private Transfer From Norman Manley Airport to Kingston one way: $48
  • Private Airport Transfer from Kingston Airport: $90
  • Private Airport Round Trip Transfer from Montego Bay Airport to Ocho Rios : $133
  • Port Antonio Hotel Private Roundtrip Airport Transfer from Kingston Airport(KIN): $235
  • NMIA & Kingston transfer to Negril: $225
  • Montego Bay Group transfer to all attractions in Jamaica.: $320
  • MBJ Airport Transfer to/ from Hotels : $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belize City

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

  • Belize City to Philip Goldson Airport BZE Departure Transfer: $23
  • Belize City to Philip S.W. Belize Airport (BZE) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Belize City to/from Placencia/Hopkins Shuttle Transfer: $113
  • Belize city water taxi terminal to Airport transfer: $30
  • Belize: Belize City to/from San Ignacio Shuttle Transfer: $68
  • Private Transfer from Belize City Port to Belize Airport (BZE): $60
  • Private Transfer from Belize City and Airport to Placencia: $150
  • Transfer Belize city to bacalar: $50
  • We do transfers from airport to any where in Belize.: $49

Is it cheaper to fly into Kingston or Belize City?

Prices for flights to both Belize City and Kingston 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kingston $26
    Belize City $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Belize City

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

  • Altun Ha Mayan Site & Food Tour: $80

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kingston $13
    Belize City $29

Tours and Activities in Kingston

Here are a few actual costs in Kingston for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise, Blue Hole with Snorkeling, free beverages: $174
  • 4x4 Jeep Safari & Blue Hole Adventure from Ocho Rios: $158
  • ATV Outback Adventure from Kingston: $288
  • Authentic Jamaican Food Experience: $140
  • Bamboo Rafting Adventure in Ocho Rios : $85
  • Blue Hole and Sightseeing Tour from Ocho Rios: $99
  • Blue Lagoon and Canoeing Ride Experience Portland Jamaica : $210
  • Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour from Runaway Bay: $142
  • Blue Mountains Coffee Private Tour from Kingston: $180
  • Bob Marley Guided City Tour: $100
  • Bob Marley Museum Tour from Runaway Bay: $258
  • Bob Marley Museum and Devon House Kingston Day Tour: $371

Tours and Activities in Belize City

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

  • Historical Tour: $27
  • Belize City Tour Shore Excursion: $30
  • Belize City Tour: $40
  • Belizean Bits & Bites Food Tastings and City Tour in Belize: $50
  • Hassle free Cave Tubing Adventure from Belize City with Lunch: $55
  • Altun Ha Temples and Belize City Tour: $59
  • Charlie's Cave Tubing Tour for cruisers (lunch included): $65
  • Second largest Barrier Reef Adventure Snorkeling: $70
  • Guided Cave Kayaking Tour with Pickup: $77
  • Cave Tubing Experience from Belize City: $85
  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and River Wallace and Manatee Watch Tour: $85
  • Altun Ha Mayan Site tour from Belize City: $85

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kingston $11
    Belize City $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Kingston

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

  • Ocho Rios Pub Crawl and Sightseeing Tour from Ocho Rios: $185

Sample the Local Flavors in Belize City

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

  • Belize: City Highlights Tour with Rum Distillery Visit: $40


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kingston and Belize City, we can see that Kingston is more expensive. And not only is Belize City much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Kingston is in Caribbean Islands and Belize City is in Central America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Belize City would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Belize City 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 Kingston would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kingston than you might in Belize City.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Kingston Expensive? and Is Belize City Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Kingston or Belize City?

Kingston has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Belize City. When comparing the sizes of Kingston and Belize City, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Kingston or Belize City?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Kingston or Belize City in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Kingston as well as Belize City. Kingston attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Belize City throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Belize City. Kingston usually gets less rain in July than Belize City. Kingston gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Belize City receives 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Belize City. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Kingston this time of the year. In the summer, Kingston often gets more sunshine than Belize City. Kingston gets 254 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Belize City receives 226 hours of full sun.

Kingston is around the same temperature as Belize City in the summer. The daily temperature in Kingston averages around 29°C (83°F) in July, and Belize City fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Kingston 29°C (83°F) 
    Belize City 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Kingston or Belize City in the Autumn?

Both Belize City and Kingston are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Kingston throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Belize City because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Belize City. It's quite rainy in Kingston. In October, Kingston usually receives less rain than Belize City. Kingston gets 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain, while Belize City receives 255 mm (10 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kingston. Kingston usually receives more sunshine than Belize City during autumn. Kingston gets 229 hours of sunny skies, while Belize City receives 196 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In the autumn, Kingston is around the same temperature as Belize City. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Kingston in October average around 28°C (82°F), and Belize City averages at about 26°C (80°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Kingston 28°C (82°F) 
    Belize City 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Kingston or Belize City in the Winter?

Both Belize City and Kingston during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Kingston because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Belize City year-round.

Belize City gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Kingston usually gets less rain in January than Belize City. Kingston gets 18 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Belize City receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Kingston. In the winter, Kingston often gets more sunshine than Belize City. Kingston gets 257 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Belize City receives 199 hours of full sun.

In January, Kingston is generally around the same temperature as Belize City. Daily temperatures in Kingston average around 26°C (79°F), and Belize City fluctuates around 24°C (74°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Kingston 26°C (79°F) 
    Belize City 24°C (74°F)

Should I visit Kingston or Belize City in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Kingston and Belize City. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Kingston year-round. Belize City attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In April, Kingston usually receives less rain than Belize City. Kingston gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Belize City receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Belize City this time of the year. In Kingston, it's very sunny this time of the year. Kingston usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Belize City during spring. Kingston gets 251 hours of sunny skies, while Belize City receives 256 hours of full sun in the spring.

Kingston is around the same temperature as Belize City in the spring. The daily temperature in Kingston averages around 26°C (80°F) in April, and Belize City fluctuates around 27°C (80°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Kingston 26°C (80°F) 
    Belize City 27°C (80°F)

Typical Weather for Belize City and Kingston

Kingston Belize City
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 18 mm (0.7 in) 24°C (74°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 24°C (76°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Mar 26°C (80°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Apr 26°C (80°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 27°C (80°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Jun 28°C (83°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in)
Jul 29°C (83°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 243 mm (9.6 in)
Aug 29°C (83°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 187 mm (7.4 in)
Sep 29°C (83°F) 107 mm (4.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in)
Oct 28°C (82°F) 167 mm (6.6 in) 26°C (80°F) 255 mm (10 in)
Nov 28°C (82°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 183 mm (7.2 in)
Dec 27°C (80°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 25°C (76°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)