A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers La Ceiba vs. San Juan del Sur for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit La Ceiba or San Juan del Sur?

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

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 San Juan del Sur can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: La Ceiba or San Juan del Sur?

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.

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur is a popular port destination on the Pacific coast of southwest Nicaragua. The town was once a quaint fishing village but has grown into a tourist town with activities for visitors that include surfing, fishing, and, of course, partying. The town has a population of just over 15,000, most of whom are either fishermen or involved in the tourism industry. There is also a large expat community from the United States, Canada, and Europe.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Honduras, The Best Adventure Tours to Honduras, The Best 2-Week Tours in Nicaragua, and The Best Adventure Tours to Nicaragua.


Which place is cheaper, San Juan del Sur or La Ceiba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in La Ceiba is $65, while the average daily cost in San Juan del Sur is $53. 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 La Ceiba and San Juan del Sur in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    La Ceiba $24
    San Juan del Sur $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    La Ceiba $48
    San Juan del Sur $42
Compare Hotels in La Ceiba and San Juan del Sur

Looking for a hotel in La Ceiba or San Juan del Sur? 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 La Ceiba


Hotels in San Juan del Sur


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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: La Ceiba Hotel Prices and San Juan del Sur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    La Ceiba $32
    San Juan del Sur $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Ceiba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Ceiba:

  • Private Transfer from Goloson Airport (LCE) to Banana Coast Port: $80
  • Private Transfer from La Ceiba hotels to Banana Coast Cruise Port: $80

Is it cheaper to fly into La Ceiba or San Juan del Sur?

Prices for flights to both San Juan del Sur 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    La Ceiba $18
    San Juan del Sur $18

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    La Ceiba $22
    San Juan del Sur $15

Tours and Activities in La Ceiba

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

  • ATV Tour : $110

Tours and Activities in San Juan del Sur

Here are a few actual costs in San Juan del Sur for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Horseback Riding Tour in Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur also in Costa Rica: $90
  • SJDS PORT EXCURSION: Zipline and Adventure Park: $103
  • San Juan del Sur Shore Excursion: Private Masaya Volcano and Catarina Tour: $118
  • ATV Adventure Tour in San Juan del Sur, NICARAGUA: $130
  • Mombacho Volcano Hike and Ziplining Adventure from San Juan del Sur: $159

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    La Ceiba $5.16
    San Juan del Sur $13


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is La Ceiba Expensive? and Is San Juan del Sur Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, La Ceiba or San Juan del Sur?

La Ceiba has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of San Juan del Sur. When comparing the sizes of La Ceiba and San Juan del Sur, 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.