A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Miami vs. Saint Augustine

Should you visit Miami or Saint Augustine?

Should I visit Miami or Saint Augustine? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Miami

Miami is a popular tourist destination and a modern city in South Florida. It has beautiful white beaches, crystal blue waters, cosmopolitan neighborhoods, impressive shopping, and excellent dining opportunities. It is also a gateway to the Florida Keys, which is another popular destination in South Florida.

Saint Augustine

St. Augustine is the oldest European-established settlement in the United States. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed nearby and claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain in 1513. They had originally named the land La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers". The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. Sir Francis Drake and John Davis burnt the city to the ground in 1586 and 1665 respectively, but St. Augustine soon became strong enough to fend off such attacks. Florida was purchased by the United States from Spain in 1819; it seceded during the Civil War, during which St. Augustine was occupied by Union forces.

Which city is cheaper, Saint Augustine or Miami?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Miami is $164, while the average daily cost in Saint Augustine is $127. 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 Miami and Saint Augustine in more detail.


Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $104. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Miami the cost is $208 on average.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $138 for a double occupancy room in Saint Augustine.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Miami $104
    Saint Augustine $69
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Miami $209
    Saint Augustine $138


Food

Miami food costs typically run travelers around $33 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 in Saint Augustine costs travelers about $39 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Miami $33
    Saint Augustine $39
Typical Food prices in Miami

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


  • Lunch with Drinks (for 2)
    $45
  • David's Cafe Lunch (for 1)
    $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Miami

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

  • Little Havana 2-Hour Food Tour: $59
  • South Beach Miami Culinary Walking Tour Lunch or Dinner: $59
  • Taste of Little Havana Food Tour by Bicycle: $69
  • 4th of July Fireworks Cruise & Hard Rock Dinner: $159
  • 4th of July Fireworks from Catamaran & Hard Rock Café Dinner: $159
  • Little Havana Street Food Tours: $61
  • Haitian Cooking Experience: $85
  • Private Little Havana Cuban Food Tour: $99
  • Private VIP Historical Citywide Food Tour: $159


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Miami is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Miami.

The cost of a taxi ride in Saint Augustine is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $31 per person, per day, on local transportation in Saint Augustine.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Miami $32
    Saint Augustine $31
Typical Local Transportation prices in Miami

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


  • Car Rental for a Day
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Miami

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Miami:

  • Transfer: Miami Beach to Airport, Port or Palm Beach: $25
  • Miami Private Transfer (Airport to Miami Hotel): $126
  • Miami Airport Private One Way Transfer: $304
  • Transfer from Miami Airport: $25
  • Disney World Full-Day Ticket & Transfer from Miami: $249
  • Miami Airport Private One Way Transfer: $179
  • Universal Studios Ticket & Transfer from Miami: $249
  • Dolphin Mall Miami Shuttle Transfer: Downtown Loop: $20
  • Miami Seaquarium Tickets and Transfer from Miami Beach: $69
  • Hialeah Airport - Private Transfer: $105


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Miami typically cost an average of $25 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Saint Augustine typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Miami $25
    Saint Augustine $14

Tours and Activities in Miami

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

  • Movie set and star tour: $31
  • Half-Day Secret Spots Bus & Walking Tour: $59
  • Segways at Sunset: Miami Beach Tour: $59
  • Key West Day Tour from Miami by Bus: $69
  • From Full-Day Walking Tour of Key West: $100
  • Miami Helicopter Tour: $342
  • From Florida Everglades Small Group Airboat Tour: $45
  • Miami from Above: 1 Hour Private Air Tour: $170
  • Everglades Tour from Port Miami / Fort Lauderdale: $69
  • Full-Day Tour to Key West: $35


Alcohol

The average person spends about $18 on alcoholic beverages in Miami per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $20 on alcoholic beverages in Saint Augustine per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Miami $18
    Saint Augustine $20
Typical Alcohol prices in Miami

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Miami are as follows:


  • Evening at a Bar
    $32

Sample the Local Flavors in Miami

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Miami:

  • Pub Crawl South Beach 3-Hour Tour: $30
  • Miami Beach Rockstar Bar Crawl: $69
  • Making Your Own Gin Distillery Tour and Tasting Experience: $190



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

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Miami vs. Saint Augustine Travel Comparison

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