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

Should you visit Kingston or Liberia?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Kingston or Liberia, 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 Liberia?

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.

Liberia

Liberia is a town in northwestern Costa Rica. It is the capital of the Guanacaste province, which is about 140 miles away from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. The town has a population of about 56,000 and is one of the tourism centers of the country.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Costa Rica, and The Best Eco Tours in Costa Rica.


Which place is cheaper, Liberia 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 Liberia is $111. 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 Liberia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kingston $64
    Liberia $59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kingston $128
    Liberia $118
Compare Hotels in Kingston and Liberia

Looking for a hotel in Kingston or Liberia? 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 Liberia


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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 Liberia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kingston $29
    Liberia $42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kingston

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kingston:

  • All Island Private Transfer To/From Kingston Airport (KIN): $22
  • MBJ Airport Transfer to/ from Hotels : $25
  • Airport Transfer Norman Manley international airport: $30
  • Private Transfer to/from Kingston Airport: $43
  • Airport Transfer in Kingston: $50
  • Private Airport Transfer of Norman Manley and Kingston Hotels : $50
  • Private Transfer from Kingston Airport (KIN) to Falmouth Port: $72
  • Private Airport Transfer from Kingston Airport: $90
  • Private Transfer from Kingston Airport (KIN) to Montego Bay Port: $119
  • Private Transfer from Kingston Hotels to Montego Bay Cruise Port: $119
  • 10. Norman Manley Intl Kingston Airport Fun-Transfer to/from Montego Bay Resorts: $125
  • Kingston Airport Transfers to Runaway Bay: $127

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Liberia are as follows:


  • Bike Rental
    $24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Liberia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Liberia:

  • Private Transfer ATO LIR to Westin Conchal Standar: $210
  • Airport transfer Liberia from and to Tamarindo (One way) : $115
  • Costa Rica Private Airport Transfer : $4.20
  • Deluxe Liberia airport transfer to hotels in Guanacaste area : $80
  • Direct Transfer Guanacaste Hotel to Liberia Airport: $35
  • Direct Transfer Liberia Airport to Guanacaste Hotels: $35
  • GUANACASTE COSTA RICA Airport Transfers | Shuttle Service: $65
  • Guanacaste Airport Transfer to Playa Tamarindo: $105
  • Guanacaste Airport: Transfer to/from Papagayo Hyatt Hotel: $76
  • Liberia Airport (LIR) Peñas Blancas - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $77
  • Liberia Airport (LIR) to Arenal, La Fortuna - Arrival Transfer: $63
  • Liberia Airport (LIR) to Flamingo/Tamarindo - Arrival Transfer: $38

Is it cheaper to fly into Kingston or Liberia?

Prices for flights to both Liberia 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
    Liberia $21

Typical Food Prices in Liberia

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


  • Snacks
    $1.95
  • Lunch at The Shack (for 1)
    $4.90
  • Lunch
    $11
  • Coffee & Tres Leches (for 2)
    $14
  • Ginger Ale
    $1.27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Liberia

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

  • Private Sunset Dinner at the Beach with Chef : $190

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kingston $13
    Liberia $25

Tours and Activities in Kingston

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

  • Walking Tour with Mural Exploration: $26
  • Montego Bay: All inclusive tours: $30
  • Club Kingston VIP Departure Lounge Experience: $38
  • Cannabis Shopping Tour with Lunch: $50
  • Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Bus Tour of Ocho Rios, Fern Gully and Turtle Beach: $62
  • Devon House Heritage Tour with Ice Cream from Kingston: $63
  • Devon House Tour with Ice Cream from Kingston: $64
  • Kingston Half Day Community and Art Tour: $70
  • Kingston City Tour (starting in Kingston): $72
  • Shared Tour: Irie Blue Hole & Secret Falls Adventure Tour from Ocho Rios: $73
  • Kingston City Guided Tour - Classic: $74
  • Friday Evening Kingston Harbour Cruise, Sunday Beach Cruise or Charter Our Boats: $75

Tours and Activities in Liberia

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

  • Jet Ski Rentals, Banana Boat Rides, Jet Ski & Banana Boat Combo, Jet Ski Tours: $22
  • Rincon de la Vieja: La Leona Waterfall Adventure Hike: $39
  • La Leona Waterfall Hiking Tour: $40
  • La Leona Waterfall: Private tour in Rincon de la Vieja!: $43
  • Bird-Watching and Wildlife Tour: $43
  • La Leona Waterfall Adventure Hike (Private Tour): $45
  • Skip the Line: Diamante Eco Adventure Park: Animal Sanctuary Discovery Ticket: $49
  • Private Horseback Tour in Playa Conchal: $55
  • Horseback Riding Tour: $59
  • Paddle Board Private Tour Nuevo Arenal, Lake Arenal: $60
  • Rincón de la Vieja Bird-Watching Tour: $62
  • ATV Tour from Guanacaste: $65

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kingston $11
    Liberia $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


When comparing the travel costs between Kingston and Liberia, we can see that Liberia is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Even though Kingston is in Caribbean Islands and Liberia is in Central America, both of these destinations have relatively similar prices of travel. Generally, the levels of luxury and expenses are the same for these cities even though they are geographically far apart.

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


Which is Bigger, Kingston or Liberia?

Kingston has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Liberia. When comparing the sizes of Kingston and Liberia, 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 Liberia?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Kingston or Liberia in the Summer?

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

Liberia receives a lot of rain in the summer. In July, Kingston usually receives less rain than Liberia. Kingston gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.

In Kingston, it's very sunny this time of the year. Kingston usually receives more sunshine than Liberia during summer. Kingston gets 254 hours of sunny skies, while Liberia receives 164 hours of full sun in the summer.

In the summer, Kingston is around the same temperature as Liberia. Typically, the summer temperatures in Kingston in July average around 29°C (83°F), and Liberia averages at about 28°C (82°F).


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

Should I visit Kingston or Liberia in the Autumn?

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

Also, December to April in Liberia is the dry season. April to December in Liberia is the rainy season. It's quite rainy in Liberia. Kingston receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Kingston usually gets less rain in October than Liberia. Kingston gets 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 254 mm (10 in) of rain this time of the year.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Kingston this time of the year. In the autumn, Kingston often gets more sunshine than Liberia. Kingston gets 229 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Liberia receives 169 hours of full sun.

In October, Kingston is generally around the same temperature as Liberia. Daily temperatures in Kingston average around 28°C (82°F), and Liberia fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Kingston 28°C (82°F) 
    Liberia 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Kingston or Liberia in the Winter?

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

In January, Kingston usually receives more rain than Liberia. Kingston gets 18 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 8 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.

It's quite sunny in Liberia. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kingston. Kingston usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Liberia during winter. Kingston gets 257 hours of sunny skies, while Liberia receives 264 hours of full sun in the winter.

Kingston is around the same temperature as Liberia in the winter. The daily temperature in Kingston averages around 26°C (79°F) in January, and Liberia fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Kingston 26°C (79°F) 
    Liberia 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Kingston or Liberia in the Spring?

Both Liberia and Kingston during the spring 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 Liberia year-round.

December to April is the dry season in Liberia. April to December is the rainy season in Liberia. Kingston usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Liberia. Kingston gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Liberia, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Kingston. In the spring, Kingston often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Liberia. Kingston gets 251 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Liberia receives 255 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Kingston is cooler than Liberia. Typically, the spring temperatures in Kingston in April average around 26°C (80°F), and Liberia averages at about 29°C (85°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Kingston 26°C (80°F) 
    Liberia 29°C (85°F)

Typical Weather for Liberia and Kingston

Kingston Liberia
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 18 mm (0.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 28°C (83°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 26°C (80°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 29°C (84°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Apr 26°C (80°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 29°C (85°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 29°C (83°F) 226 mm (8.9 in)
Jun 28°C (83°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 226 mm (8.9 in)
Jul 29°C (83°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Aug 29°C (83°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 289 mm (11.4 in)
Sep 29°C (83°F) 107 mm (4.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 328 mm (12.9 in)
Oct 28°C (82°F) 167 mm (6.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 254 mm (10 in)
Nov 28°C (82°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Dec 27°C (80°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)