A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers La Ceiba vs. Quepos for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit La Ceiba or Quepos?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between La Ceiba and Quepos can help you decide which place is right for you.

La Ceiba

La Ceiba is the third largest city in Honduras, situated on the north Caribbean coast. The city has a population of about a quarter million people. Many people who visit this city do so before heading into Pico Bonito National Park. It hasn't had the best infrastructure for tourists in the past but is developing fast. It is about 200 kilometers from San Pedro Sula, another large city in Honduras.

Quepos

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 La Ceiba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in La Ceiba is $54, 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 La Ceiba and Quepos in more detail.



Accommodation

La Ceiba's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $40. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $20.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $98 in Quepos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    La Ceiba $20
    Quepos $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    La Ceiba $40
    Quepos $98

Food

While meal prices in La Ceiba can vary, the average travelers spends about $15 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in La Ceiba should cost around $6.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in La Ceiba is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    La Ceiba $15
    Quepos $20

Typical Food prices in Quepos

For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $12
  • Seafood Dinner (for 1)
    $16

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around La Ceiba is $27 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.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    La Ceiba $27
    Quepos $6.26

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: $140
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $201
  • Manuel Antonio to SJO International Airport - Private Transfer: $209
  • Private transfer from Uvita to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $234
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers: $275
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers: $289
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna: $333
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Puerto Jiménez: $333
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 11 to 15 passengers: $453
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo Limón: $490

Is it cheaper to fly into La Ceiba or Quepos?

Prices for flights to both Quepos and La Ceiba 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

La Ceiba's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $18 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.

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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    La Ceiba $18
    Quepos $11

Tours and Activities in La Ceiba

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

  • Romantic tour in La Ceiba: $496
  • The best of La Ceiba walking tour: $496

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: $25
  • Private Hiking, Nature and Discovery Tour in Quepos: $28
  • Private Tour to Manuel Antonio Park and it's Amazing Wildlife: $33
  • Manuel Antonio with Mauro / FULLY PRIVATE TOUR: $35
  • Espadilla Private Reserve jungle night tour with pick up included: $39
  • Manuel Antonio Jungle Night Research Experience in Costa Rica: $50
  • Sloth Tour Manuel Antonio National Park: $50
  • guided community tour (certified): $54
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $55
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $56
  • Damas Island Boat tour: $56
  • Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour: $56

Alcohol

The average person spends about $4.28 on alcoholic beverages in La Ceiba 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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    La Ceiba $4.28
    Quepos $9.59


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between La Ceiba and Quepos, we can see that Quepos is more expensive. And not only is La Ceiba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to La Ceiba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in La Ceiba 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 La Ceiba.

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