A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Montego Bay vs. Ponce for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Montego Bay or Ponce?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Montego Bay and Ponce can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Montego Bay or Ponce?

Montego Bay

As with most places around the tropical oasis of Jamaica, Montego Bay (or "MoBay") is an ideal place to visit for a Caribbean getaway. It is Jamaica's second largest city and the capital of St. James parish on the northern coast. Montego Bay is considered to be the tourist capital of the country and is where the largest airport is located, bringing in many international travelers.

Ponce

Ponce is on the south coast of Puerto Rico. It's the second largest city on the island and has been around since 1692 when it was originally founded by Ponce de Leon's grandson Juan Ponce de Leon y Loayza. The city has several nicknames, including La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), La Ciudad Senorial (The Noble, or Lordly, City), and La Ciudad de las Quenepas (Genip City).

Which place is cheaper, Ponce or Montego Bay?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Montego Bay is $201, while the average daily cost in Ponce is $205. 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 Montego Bay and Ponce in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Montego Bay $103
    Ponce $151
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Montego Bay $206
    Ponce $302
Compare Hotels in Montego Bay and Ponce

Looking for a hotel in Montego Bay or Ponce? 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 Montego Bay


Hotels in Ponce


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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: Montego Bay Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Montego Bay $15
    Ponce $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montego Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Montego Bay:

  • Montego Bay Hotels Private Transfer : $8.00
  • Montego Bay Hotels Private Airport Transfer : $8.00
  • Shared Transfer: From/to Montego Bay International Airport: $8.33
  • Riu Montego Bay Riu Reggae & Riu Palace Airport Transfer: $11
  • Private Transfer Sangster International Airport to Montego Bay: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer to Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach : $13
  • Riu Reggae , Riu Palace & Riu Mobay Montego Bay Airport Transfers: $13
  • Private Airport Transfer to Sandals Montego : $13
  • Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel Private Airport Transfer : $13
  • Tropical Court Hotel Private Airport Transfer : $13
  • Grandiosa Hotel Private Airport Transfer : $13
  • Shuttle Transfer From Montego Bay Airport - Montego Bay: $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ponce

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ponce:

  • San Juan Arrival Share Transfer: $27
  • San Juan Departure Share Transfer: $27
  • Isabela or Hatillo to Aguadilla Airport BQN Departure Transfer: $44
  • Isabela / Hatillo to Aguadilla Airport(BQN) - DepartureTransfer: $44
  • Aguadilla Airport (BQN) to Isabela/Hatillo - Arrival Transfer: $44
  • San Juan Puerto Rico Cruise Port to San Juan hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $46
  • San Juan Port to San Juan Airport (SJU)- Departure Transfer: $46
  • San Juan Airport (SJU) to San Juan Port -Arrival Private Transfer: $46
  • San Juan hotels to San Juan PR Cruise Port - Departure Transfer: $46
  • San Juan PR Cruise Port to San Juan hotels - Arrival Transfer: $46
  • San Juan Port to San Juan Airport (SJU) - Departure Private Transfer: $46
  • San Juan hotels to San Juan Puerto Rico Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $46

Is it cheaper to fly into Montego Bay or Ponce?

Prices for flights to both Ponce and Montego Bay 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
    Montego Bay $83
    Ponce $35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montego Bay

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

  • Dinner or Lunch with Pickup from Montego Bay: $40
  • Private Transportation to DINNER or "27 27" Club Lounge: $55
  • Lunch or Dinner with Pickup from Montego Bay : $81
  • Night cruise and swim the Falmouth Mystic Lagoon, Dinner and Rum Punch Inclusive: $85
  • Rick’s Cafe Cliff Diving, Sunset & Dinner Tour with Transportation : $130
  • Dinner or lunch at pier one Montego bay Food Tour: $144
  • Flavors of Jamaica Food Tour from Montego Bay: $147
  • Sunset Boat Ride in the Falmouth Luminous Lagoon swim and Dinner : $165
  • Sunset Boat Cruise in Falmouth Luminous Lagoon, Swim and Dinner : $170
  • Restaurant Transportation for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Montego Bay: $180
  • Houseboat Restaurant and Grill for Dinner Private Transportation : $180
  • Private Sea-Food Tour & Floyds Pelican Bar from Montego Bay or ..: $185

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ponce

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

  • Private Cooking Class with a Fun Local in San German, Puerto Rico: $96
  • Private Half-Day Food Tour : $130
  • City Lights Sky High Dinner Experience: $132
  • Private San Juan Cooking Class with a Local Expert: $146
  • Private Authentic Puerto Rican Cooking Class with a Local Couple: $154
  • Cooking and Connecting with a Local in Puerto Rico: $165
  • Puerto Rican Gastronomy Cooking Class: $167

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Montego Bay $32
    Ponce $56
Typical Entertainment Prices in Montego Bay

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Montego Bay are as follows:


  • Admission to Doctor's Cave Beach
    $2.71
  • Snorkeling Trip
    $19
  • One Tank Dive
    $38
  • 1.5 Hr Horseback Ride
    $43

Tours and Activities in Montego Bay

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

  • Shopping Tour for Whitter Village Mall Private / Charted Air Conditioned Taxi: $20
  • Greenwood Great House Entry Ticket: $20
  • Cinnamon Hill Great House Tour - Home of Johnny Cash: $23
  • Skip the Line: Rose Hall Great House & Garden Tour Ticket: $30
  • Private Tour Souvenir Shopping in Montego Bay : $30
  • Montego Bay Private Shopping Tour with Hotel Pickup: $30
  • Private Shopping/Private Tour: $31
  • Skip the Line: Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery and Garden Admission Tickets: $35
  • Private Shopping Tour in Montego Bay with Hotel Pickup: $35
  • Montego Bay Sightseeing Tour and Souvenir Shopping: $35
  • Rose Hall Great House Haunted Night Tour: $35
  • Shopping and Sightseeing Tour of Montego Bay City: $39

Tours and Activities in Ponce

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

  • Talking Buildings of Old San Juan: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • San Juan’s Historic Streets Audio Guided Walking Tour: $7.75
  • Beach Cruiser Regular Bike - Comfort Bicycle in Puerto Rico: $15
  • Footsteps in San Juan Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour: $17
  • Outdoor Salsa Class Experience in San Juan, Puerto Rico : $17
  • Eco Friendly Farming Tour to Explore Dorado's Most Beautiful Farm: $20
  • Superb San Juan Self-Guided Audio Tour: $20
  • Old San Juan Tour (1 Hour) by DUHO: $25
  • Private Sunset Walking Tour in San Juan: $25
  • Insider's View of Local San Juan Walking Tour: $25
  • Guided City Walking Tour: $28
  • Salsa Tours PR Sunset Salsa Beach Class in San Juan, Puerto Rico : $29

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Montego Bay $13
    Ponce $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Montego Bay

Also in Montego Bay, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Appleton Estate Admission Ticket & Distillery Tour with Tastings: $39
  • Montego Bay Pub Crawl To Negril and Rick's Cafe: $103
  • Montego Bay Jamaica Rum Distillery Tour Private Driver: $215

Sample the Local Flavors in Ponce

Also in Ponce, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Artisan Puertorrican Winery and Distillery Tour: $50
  • Local Puerto Rican Rum Distillery Tour - Ron Pepon: $90
  • Rum Distillery and Old San Juan Tour: $99


When comparing the travel costs between Montego Bay and Ponce, we can see that Ponce 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 Caribbean Islands, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Montego Bay Expensive? and Is Ponce Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Montego Bay or Ponce?

Ponce has a larger population, and is about 84% larger than the population of Montego Bay. When comparing the sizes of Montego Bay and Ponce, 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.


When is the best time to visit Montego Bay or Ponce?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Montego Bay or Ponce in the Summer?

Both Ponce and Montego Bay are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Montego Bay throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Ponce because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In July, Montego Bay usually receives less rain than Ponce. Montego Bay gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Ponce receives 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the summer.

It's quite sunny in Ponce. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Montego Bay. Montego Bay usually receives less sunshine than Ponce during summer. Montego Bay gets 257 hours of sunny skies, while Ponce receives 287 hours of full sun in the summer.

Montego Bay is around the same temperature as Ponce in the summer. The daily temperature in Montego Bay averages around 28°C (82°F) in July, and Ponce fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Montego Bay 28°C (82°F) 
    Ponce 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Montego Bay or Ponce in the Autumn?

Both Ponce and Montego Bay during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Montego Bay because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Ponce year-round.

Ponce gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Montego Bay. Montego Bay usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Ponce. Montego Bay gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Ponce receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Ponce, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Montego Bay. In the autumn, Montego Bay often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Ponce. Montego Bay gets 233 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Ponce receives 235 hours of full sun.

In the autumn, Montego Bay is around the same temperature as Ponce. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Montego Bay in October average around 27°C (81°F), and Ponce averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Montego Bay 27°C (81°F) 
    Ponce 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Montego Bay or Ponce in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Montego Bay and Ponce. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Montego Bay year-round. Ponce attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In January, Montego Bay usually receives more rain than Ponce. Montego Bay gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Ponce receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Ponce this time of the year. In Montego Bay, it's very sunny this time of the year. Montego Bay usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Ponce during winter. Montego Bay gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Ponce receives 240 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Montego Bay is generally around the same temperature as Ponce. Daily temperatures in Montego Bay average around 24°C (75°F), and Ponce fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Montego Bay 24°C (75°F) 
    Ponce 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Montego Bay or Ponce in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Montego Bay as well as Ponce. Montego Bay attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Ponce throughout the year.

Montego Bay usually gets less rain in April than Ponce. Montego Bay gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Ponce receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Ponce. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Montego Bay this time of the year. In the spring, Montego Bay often gets less sunshine than Ponce. Montego Bay gets 225 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Ponce receives 272 hours of full sun.

Montego Bay is around the same temperature as Ponce in the spring. The daily temperature in Montego Bay averages around 25°C (77°F) in April, and Ponce fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Montego Bay 25°C (77°F) 
    Ponce 26°C (79°F)

Typical Weather for Ponce and Montego Bay

Montego Bay Ponce
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 24°C (75°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 24°C (75°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 25°C (77°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 26°C (78°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Apr 25°C (77°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
May 26°C (79°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Dec 25°C (77°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 26°C (78°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)