A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Nassau vs. David for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nassau or David?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Nassau or David, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Nassau or David?


There are few vacation destinations more famous than the Bahamian city of Nassau. This capital city is full of laid back locals, relaxed tourists and the iconic pastel pink government houses.

As the largest city in the Bahamas, Nassau can hold plenty of people. Not only are there hundreds of tourists on any given day, the city is also home to 260,000 people – that is 80 percent of the Bahamas' total population.

Founded around 1650, Nassau's location made it a great spot on the trade route. So great, in fact, that it also became a popular destination for pirates – including the infamous Blackbeard.

Pack light because it's going to be pretty steamy in Nassau. The climate is essentially identical to southern Florida. It is warm and humid all year with the occasional cold snap in the winter.


In the Pacific West of Panama, David is the capital city of Chiriqui province. The city's population of almost 150,000 is among the wealthiest in the country. There is a well established middle class and unemployment remains low in the area. The area has grown rapidly in recent years with growing commercial and banking sectors. The city is well connected to the rest of the country by the Pan American Highway.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Panama City, and The Best Adventure Tours to Panama.

Which place is cheaper, David or Nassau?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nassau is $189, while the average daily cost in David is $32. 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 Nassau and David in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nassau $109
    David $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nassau $218
    David $24
Compare Hotels in Nassau and David

Looking for a hotel in Nassau or David? 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 Nassau

Hotels in David

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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: Nassau Hotel Prices and David Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nassau $32
    David $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Nassau

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

  • Water Taxi
  • Taxi to Cable Beach
  • Taxi from Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nassau

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nassau:

  • Direct Private Airport Transfer four or more Persons (one way): $20
  • Airport Transfer to Grand Hyatt, Rosewood, SLS Bahamar: $25
  • Shared Shuttle Transfer to NAS Airport - Departure: $35
  • Shared Shuttle Transfer from NAS Airport - Arrival: $35
  • Nassau Airport (NAS) to Nassau cruise port - Arrival Transfer: $41
  • Nassau cruise port to Nassau Airport (NAS) - Departure Transfer: $41
  • Nassau Airport (NAS) to Nassau Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer: $41
  • Nassau Airport Round-trip Shared Transfers: $45
  • Private Transfer in Nassau: $45
  • Airport Transfers : $58
  • One Way Private Airport Transfer for 4 People or Less: $65
  • Private Airport or Port Transfer: $65

Is it cheaper to fly into Nassau or David?

Prices for flights to both David and Nassau 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 Meals for one day
    Nassau $53
    David $10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nassau

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

  • Conch Salad Cooking Lesson and Tasting in Nassau: $80
  • All Inclusive Sunset Dinner Cruise in Nassau Bahamas: $125
  • Sail Catamaran Sunset Dinner Cruise: $129
  • Dinner and Dancing: $130
  • Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class: $135
  • Island Food Tour: $140
  • Experience Breakfast,Lunch or Dinner in the sky of Nassau Bahamas: $250

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nassau $37
    David $4.39
Typical Entertainment Prices in Nassau

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

  • Jet Ski
  • 4 Hr Kayak Tour
  • 1/2 Day Snorkel Trip

Tours and Activities in Nassau

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

  • All New Weekend Tour with Seafood Snack Portuguese & Spanish : $7.00
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Heritage Museum of The Bahamas Nassau Guided Tour: $20
  • Nassau Sightseeing Bus Tour: $35
  • Roundtrip Shuttle from Cruise Terminal at Prince George Wharf: $40
  • Jekyll Island Dolphin Tours: $45
  • Private Sightseeing in Fort Montagu with Crab and Seafood meal: $45
  • Big Bus Private Tour (minimum of 15): $50
  • Banana Boat Adventure in Nassau: $50
  • Banana Boat Adventure: $50
  • Private Historic Landmarks Walking Tour: $52
  • City Sightseeing Tour with Rum Cake Tasting: $53

Tours and Activities in David

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

  • Coffee Plantation Tour: $55

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nassau $19
    David -
Typical Alcohol Prices in Nassau

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

  • Cocktail

Sample the Local Flavors in Nassau

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Nassau:

  • Rum Runners Pub Crawl: $135
  • Rum Runners Pub Crawl: $140

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nassau and David, we can see that Nassau is more expensive. And not only is David much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Nassau is in Caribbean Islands and David is in Central America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to David would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in David 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 Nassau would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Nassau than you might in David.

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

Which is Bigger, Nassau or David?

Nassau has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of David. When comparing the sizes of Nassau and David, 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.