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

Should you visit Managua 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 Managua and Quepos can help you decide which place is right for you.

Managua

Managua is the capital, and largest city in Nicaragua. The economy is generally centered around the trade of coffee, cotton, and other types of agriculture. It also is a textile capital for the area. Managua is also a very reasonably priced destination in Central America. Restaurants and hotels are quite affordable and you'll find all kinds of international cuisine around the city. Transportation is also incredibly affordable and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised at the cost of intercity bus rides.

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 Managua?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Managua is $45, 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 Managua and Quepos in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $36 in Managua For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

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
    Managua $18
    Quepos $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Managua $36
    Quepos $98

Food

In Managua travelers spend around $15 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

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
    Managua $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

To get around in Managua, the average visitor spends $17 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

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.
    Managua $17
    Quepos $6.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Managua

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

  • Transfer Managua to Granada: $52
  • San Juan Del Sur Transfer: $56
  • San Jorge Rivas Transfer: $47
  • Private Transfer in Nicaragua: $110
  • Private Transfer from and To Poneloya or Las Peñitas Beach- Leon, Nicaragua: $68
  • Private Transfer From Managua International Airport: $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Managua to Augusto C Sandino Int. Airport (MGA): $13
  • Private Airport Transfer: Augusto C Sandino Int. Airport (MGA) to Managua: $13
  • Popoyo Beach Transfer: $90
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Managua to San Juan del Sur: $146
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Managua to Granada: $83
  • Las Peñitas or Poneloya beach Transfer: $67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos

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

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Managua or Quepos?

Prices for flights to both Quepos and Managua 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

In Managua, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.

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.
    Managua $13
    Quepos $11

Tours and Activities in Managua

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Managua.

  • 3 full days tour at Granada, Masaya and Leon area from Managua: $271
  • 4-Days Tour in Colonial Nicaragua: $1,090
  • 5-Day Granada Adventure from Managua: $853
  • 7-Day Best of Nicaragua Experience from Managua: $914
  • 7-Day Volcano Adventure: $1,587
  • Amazing Masaya Volcano at Night "Private Tour": $54
  • Best of Nicaragua 7-Day Tour: Lakes, Islands and Volcanoes: $1,608
  • Boat ride + Colonial city tour at Granada+Catarina lookout: $68
  • Boat ride on lake Granada+Colonial sightseeing+Night tour at Masaya volcano: $68
  • Boat tour + Granada City +Masaya Volcano Night Tour: $68
  • Boat tour+Granada City and Catarina lookout: $68
  • Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding & Boat Tour: $145

Tours and Activities in Quepos

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

  • ATV Guided Tour: $119
  • ATV Tour Manuel Antonio Half Day Trip: $116
  • All Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure from Manuel Antonio: $79
  • AquaQuepos Private Snorkeling Sunset Cruise: $600
  • AquaQuepos Snorkeling Morning Cruise: $600
  • Beautiful Manuel Antonio Sunset Tour.: $800
  • Birding at El Rey. (Marshes,rice fields,canals) Private Birding Tour: $79
  • Birdwatching Manuel Antonio/ El Rey. (Marshes,rice fields,canals) Group Tour: $103
  • Birdwatching Tour: $120
  • Birdwatching Tour: $123
  • Birdwatching Tour Manuel Antonio / Esquipulas Private Tour: $134
  • Birdwatching Tour Manuel Antonio /Esquipulas Group Tour Experience: $77

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Managua, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.34.

Typically, people visiting Quepos spend on average $9.59 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Managua $9.34
    Quepos $9.59

Sample the Local Flavors in Managua

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Managua:

  • Private Flor de Caña Rum Distillery and León City: $165


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

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