A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Negril vs. Antigua Guatemala for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Negril or Antigua Guatemala?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Negril and Antigua Guatemala. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Negril or Antigua Guatemala?


Negril is a town in western Jamaica known for its miles of white sand beaches and cliffs. It is certainly one of the more laid back towns on the island yet still attracts a lot of tourists. The hotels are as close to the water as you can get, and the sand gets whiter and whiter the further away from populated areas you get. The water is unbelievably clear and warm in Negril!

Antigua Guatemala

Before a disastrous earthquake in 1773, Antigua was the colonial capital of Guatemala. For 200 years it had reigned as so and today shows remnants of its glorious past with Spanish colonial buildings and other architectural landmarks still standing. Due to this large amount of preserved architecture, Antigua was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now the most touristed city of Guatemala.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Guatemala City, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Guatemala.

Which place is cheaper, Antigua Guatemala or Negril?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Negril is $139, while the average daily cost in Antigua Guatemala is $63. 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 Negril and Antigua Guatemala in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Negril $105
    Antigua Guatemala $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Negril $210
    Antigua Guatemala $44
Compare Hotels in Negril and Antigua Guatemala

Looking for a hotel in Negril or Antigua Guatemala? 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 Negril

Hotels in Antigua Guatemala

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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: Negril Hotel Prices and Antigua Guatemala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Negril $8.68
    Antigua Guatemala $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Negril

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Negril:

  • Taxi From Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Negril

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

  • Royalton Negril Airport Transfers Montego Bay MBJ (Private Rountrip): $280
  • Montego Bay: Private Transfer from Airport to Negril: $250
  • Private Transfer From Montego Bay Airport - Negril : $193
  • Private Airport transfer to/from all hotels in Negril round trip: $170
  • Montego Bay Airport Transfers-Negril(Round Trip): $160
  • Private Roundtrip Airport Transfer Negril Hotels: $141
  • From Mobay Airport: Luxury Private Transfer to Negril.: $136
  • Montego Bay Airport Transfers to Negril Hotels: $134
  • Negril Hotels Transfers to Montego Bay Airport: $133
  • Private Airport Transfer To Negril Hotels : $107
  • From Montego Bay Airport (MBJ): Private Transfer to Negril: $105
  • Roundtrip MBJ Montego Bay Airport Transfer to Hotel Riu Negril: $95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antigua Guatemala

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

  • Transfer Guatemala City to Aurora to Antigua Guatemala: $130
  • From Antigua: Transfer to Guatemala City: $75
  • Private Transfer From Antigua to Guatemala City / Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to La Aurora Airport: $45
  • Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to La Aurora Airport: $30
  • Private Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to Puerto Quetzal Port: $27
  • Transfer from Antigua to the Airport: $27
  • Guatemala City: One-way Shared Transfer to Antigua: $24
  • Private Ground Transfer From Antigua To Guatemala City Airport: $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Negril or Antigua Guatemala?

Prices for flights to both Antigua Guatemala and Negril 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
    Negril $23
    Antigua Guatemala $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Negril

For Negril, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Club2727 Nightlife Experience with Optional Dinner in Montego Bay: $54
  • The Jungle Nightclub Experience with Optional Dinner in Negril: $72
  • Zimbali Mountain Cooking Studio: $105
  • Private 3-5h Natural Herbs Tour, Shopping & Dinner at Ricks Cafe: $110
  • Local food tour and local fields : $164

Typical Food Prices in Antigua Guatemala

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Antigua Guatemala:

  • Lunch
  • Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antigua Guatemala

For Antigua Guatemala, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Street Food Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $65
  • Antigua: Cooking Class with Local Family: $74
  • Street Food Tour Around Antigua: $75
  • Local Street Food Tour of Antigua: $75
  • Market food tour and tortilla workshop: $79
  • Market and Mayan Cooking Class: $80
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class & Market Tour: $85
  • Authentic Guatemalan Cooking Class in Antigua: $90
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class and Market Tour: $98
  • From Guatemala City: Guatemala Cooking Class Tour: $110
  • The Best Food Tour in Antigua: $116
  • Antigua: Make & Eat Pizza at Pacaya Volcano Private Tour: $239

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Negril $27
    Antigua Guatemala $15
Typical Entertainment Prices in Negril

For Negril, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • 2 Hr Horseback Ride

Tours and Activities in Negril

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

  • YS Falls and Sightseeing Tour Day Adventure: $138
  • ATV Outback Adventure From Negril: $144
  • ATV Zipline and Horseback Riding Full Day Adventure Combo: $276
  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour: $275
  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour [Transportation services]: $125
  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour and Tasting from Negril: $232
  • Appleton Rum Factory and Black River Safari Tour: $280
  • Appleton Rum Factory, YS Falls, and Reggae Horseback Ride & Swim Combo Tour: $195
  • Appleton and Y.S Falls Tour from Negril Hotels: $261
  • Atv Adventure and Ricks Cafe with Private Transportation: $368
  • Atv Adventure and Ziplines with Private Transportation: $414
  • Atv, Seven Mile Beach and Rick’s Cafe Tour & Transportation: $334

Tours and Activities in Antigua Guatemala

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

  • ¡Pacaya Volcano Tour from Antigua!: $100
  • 2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua: $295
  • 2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua: $219
  • 2-Day Shared Hiking Tour to Acatenango Volcano from Antigua: $125
  • 2-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market: $220
  • 4WD Acatenango Volcano Tour / Summit & Sunrise: $270
  • ANTIGUA Villages Tour: $72
  • ATV Cultural & Adventure Tour: Shared Antigua Villages Experience: $90
  • Acatenango Overnight Hike Multiday Tour: $116
  • Acatenango Volcano Experience for 2 Days and 1 Night: $72
  • Acatenango Volcano Overnight Hiking from Antigua - 2 Days Private Tour: $215
  • Acatenango Volcano Tour with Overnight from Antigua: $99

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Negril $10
    Antigua Guatemala $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Antigua Guatemala

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Antigua Guatemala:

  • Antigua Bar Crawl: $26

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

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

Which is Bigger, Negril or Antigua Guatemala?

Antigua Guatemala has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Negril. When comparing the sizes of Negril and Antigua Guatemala, 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.