A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Leon vs. Boquete for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Leon or Boquete?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Leon and Boquete can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Leon

Leon is one of the oldest city's in Nicaragua and you can see hints of its colonial past in the architecture around town. Tourism is not a major part of the economy in Leon, but the city is gaining popularity with budget travelers and backpackers and more recently tour groups are including Leon in their itinerary.

With a population of just over 200,000, Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. During the university season the population grows dramatically as there is a heavy presence of students in Leon. It is a popular university town, and this young population gives the city plenty of energy and entertainment.

Boquete

Boquete is a village located in the pacific west of Panama. This town very recently became an attractive destination for tourists and expatriates. Before the early 2000's, it was a quiet town hidden away in the mountains with very little tourism. After the development of Valle Escondido, which is a largely residential area, many North Americans flocked to this town and an expat community developed. Boquete is known for it's near perfect year round temperature of about seventy degrees Fahrenheit, beautiful untouched nature, and world renowned coffee.

Which city is cheaper, Boquete or Leon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Leon is $49, while the average daily cost in Boquete is $43. 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 Leon and Boquete in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Leon is $26. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Boquete is $36. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leon $13
    Boquete $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leon $26
    Boquete $36

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Leon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.24 per person, per day, on local transportation in Leon.

The average price of local transportation around Boquete is $4.18 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leon $1.24
    Boquete $4.18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leon:

  • León hotels to Del Bajio Airport (BJX) - Departure Private Transfer: $138
  • Reliable one-way transfer Guanajuato Leon International Airport to Hotel: $161

Is it cheaper to fly into Leon or Boquete?

Prices for flights to both Boquete and Leon 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

Leon food costs typically run travelers around $9.94 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Boquete food costs typically run travelers around $15 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Leon $9.94
    Boquete $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Leon

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

  • Tlakualli Food Tour: $12

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Leon typically cost an average of $4.78 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Boquete'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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leon $4.78
    Boquete $14

Tours and Activities in Leon

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

  • León 3-Hour Guided City Tour Including Entrance Fees: $25
  • León: 5-Hour Volcano Boarding Tour on Cerro Negro: $35
  • Volcano Board Adventure on Cerro Negro: $39
  • Leon City Walking Private Tour: $41
  • León: Flor de Caña Rum Factory 4-Hour Tour: $45
  • Leon City Tour: $46
  • León City tour and Mud pools of San Jacinto: $54
  • plant-based friendly tapas tour: $57
  • Volcano Boarding Private Tour: $62
  • Rum Tour & Chorotega Museum Experience: $62
  • Private: León City Walking Tour from León: $63
  • Hike El Hoyo Volcano "Private Tour": $67

Tours and Activities in Boquete

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

  • Whale Watching (July 15 to October 15), and Island Tour in the Gulf of Chiriqui: $85
  • Specialized Birdwatching Tour: $102
  • Dirtbike adventure in Boquete (half day): $165

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Leon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.90 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $3.56 on alcoholic beverages in Boquete per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leon $2.90
    Boquete $3.56


When comparing the travel costs between Leon and Boquete, we can see that Leon 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. Since both cities are in Central America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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