A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Oaxaca de Juarez vs. Cabo San Lucas for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Oaxaca de Juarez or Cabo San Lucas?

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

Should I visit Oaxaca de Juarez or Cabo San Lucas? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Oaxaca de Juarez or Cabo San Lucas?

Oaxaca de Juarez

Officially known as Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca is the capital and largest city in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It's a beautiful colonial city in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. The city has beautiful architecture and a variety of festivals as well as a tree lined square called El Zocalo. Oaxaca's economy is heavily dependent on tourism and it is a wonderful place to see Mexican art and handicrafts. There are many artists and artisans in Oaxaca and the contemporary art scene is on the rise. The artists combine the area's rich indigenous culture and tradition with a modern twist. While you're in the area you should definitely make a point of experiencing the area's wonderful museums, interesting architecture, charming hotels and unique twist on Mexican cuisine.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ("Cabo") is on the far southern end of the Baja Peninsula. It has countless resorts and activities for visitors. There are world class golf courses, fine dining options, and five star resorts. Prior to the 1980s, Cabo was a quiet fishing village but with the construction of a nearby airport in 1977, the city rapidly grew into one of Mexico's most popular resort vacation spots. Today, Cabo has one of the country's most vibrant nightlife scenes. It also has plenty of water sport activities, and a great beach scene.

Which place is cheaper, Cabo San Lucas or Oaxaca de Juarez?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Oaxaca de Juarez is $45, while the average daily cost in Cabo San Lucas is $135. 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 Oaxaca de Juarez and Cabo San Lucas in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Oaxaca de Juarez $20
    Cabo San Lucas $62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Oaxaca de Juarez $40
    Cabo San Lucas $124
Compare Hotels in Oaxaca de Juarez and Cabo San Lucas

Looking for a hotel in Oaxaca de Juarez or Cabo San Lucas? 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 Oaxaca de Juarez


Hotels in Cabo San Lucas


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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: Oaxaca de Juarez Hotel Prices and Cabo San Lucas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Oaxaca de Juarez $13
    Cabo San Lucas $27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Oaxaca de Juarez

Also for Oaxaca de Juarez, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 4 Day Oaxaca Excursion with Transfer included: $300
  • From Oaxaca: Private Transfer to Huatulco: $410
  • Oaxaca Airport OAX to Oaxaca Hotels Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Oaxaca Airport OAX to Oaxaca Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $72
  • Oaxaca Airport: Private Transfer Service: $90
  • Oaxaca Hotels to Oaxaca Airport OAX Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • Oaxaca International Airport - Private Transfer From/ to Oaxaca City: $56
  • Oaxaca Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Oaxaca Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca hotels -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $72
  • Oaxaca de Juárez to Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX)-Departure Transfer: $27
  • Roundtrip Private/Shared Airport Transfer: $29
  • Oaxaca hotels to Oaxaca Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) - Departure Private Transfer: $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cabo San Lucas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cabo San Lucas:

  • Los Cabos Airport (SJD): Transfer to Cabo San Lucas Port: $440
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer from Airport to Pacific Side: $300
  • Transfer from Airport to Cabo San Lucas: $300
  • Los Cabos Luxury Private Tesla Transfer from Airport to the Pacifica Area: $293
  • Private All Inclusive Diamante Area Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $280
  • Los Cabos Luxury Private Tesla Transfer from Airport to Cabo San Lucas Area: $261
  • Private All Inclusive Cabo San Lucas Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $250
  • Private Transfer from Accommodation to Restaurant in Los Cabos: $250
  • Private Transfer from Los Cabos Airport to Cabo San Lucas: $250
  • Private Transfer from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz: $242
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer from Airport to Cabo San Lucas: $240
  • Los Cabos Luxury Private Tesla Transfer from Airport to Tourist Corridor Area: $236

Is it cheaper to fly into Oaxaca de Juarez or Cabo San Lucas?

Prices for flights to both Cabo San Lucas and Oaxaca de Juarez 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
    Oaxaca de Juarez $14
    Cabo San Lucas $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Oaxaca de Juarez

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

  • Oaxaca Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings: $50
  • Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings: $53
  • Tour with Legends Night Walk and Dinner Included: $57
  • Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class: $70
  • Oaxacan Vegetarian Cooking Class: $71
  • Flavors of Oaxaca: Cooking Class with No Set Menu and Local Market Tour: $77
  • Casa Crespo Afternoon Cooking Class with Market Visit: $77
  • Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class (includes transportation): $87
  • AUTHENTIC OAXACA FOOD TOUR, eat like a local.: $89
  • Traditional Oaxaqueña Cooking with Grandma's Recipes: $90
  • Food tour to the Tlacolula Market: $90
  • Cooking classes from the Isthmus with a Tehuana: $92

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cabo San Lucas

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cabo San Lucas.

  • Los Cabos: Sunset and Dinner Cruise: $63
  • Tasting Cabo San Lucas Like a Local Food Tour: $65
  • Cabo San Lucas Sunset Cruise with Dinner and Open Bar: $75
  • Sea to Table Fisherman's Seafood Tour in Cabo San Lucas: $75
  • Authentic Mexican Legacy Cooking Class in Cabo San Lucas: $75
  • Eat Like A Local Cabo Food Tour: $78
  • Seafood Galore, Los Cabos Food Tour: $80
  • Cabo: Sunset Cruise with Dinner, Music & Open Bar: $84
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tequila & tacos: $85
  • Sunset Mexican Dinner Cruise Fajitas dinner & live music: $86
  • Parrillada dinner with a Private Chef in your villa/condo in Cabo or San Jose: $86
  • Cabo Sunset Dinner-Party Cruise: $89

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Oaxaca de Juarez $12
    Cabo San Lucas $42

Tours and Activities in Oaxaca de Juarez

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Oaxaca de Juarez.

  • Guided Tour to know the trades of Oaxaca: $18
  • 2 Hours tour Walking around Oaxaca: $24
  • Private Mexican Engraving Workshop Experience: $24
  • Oaxaca Walking Tour: Beyond the Surface: $26
  • Montealban Tour: $28
  • Monte Alban Walking Tour: $29
  • Half day tour Monte Alban: $32
  • Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour: $33
  • Oaxaca: Monte Alban Guided Archaeological Tour: $33
  • Tour Monte Albán: $33
  • Oaxaca: Ocotlan de Morelos Cultural Experience and Tour: $34
  • Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Oaxaca: $35

Tours and Activities in Cabo San Lucas

Here are a few actual costs in Cabo San Lucas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Camel Ride and ATV Combo Adventure in Los Cabos: $145
  • Glass Bottom Boat Sightseeing Tour in Cabo San Lucas: $23
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour: $25
  • Magical Todos Santos Tour, Camel ranch, Lunch & Tequila: $101
  • OffRoad 4X4 UTV Adventure with Lunch & Tequila : $199
  • Platinum Whale Watching and Snorkel Tour (Dec 15-Apr 15): $239
  • Romantic tour in Cabo San Lucas: $167
  • Round Trip to Touristic Corridor : $180
  • Traditional Tequila Tasting Experience with Jorge Cuervo: $60
  • Your Own Private Luxury Yacht Experience in Cabo, Lunch included: $1.20
  • #1 Snorkeling Tour in Catamaran. Open bar & Snacks included: $75
  • 1 Hour Jet Ski Adventure in Billygan's Beach Club: $180

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Oaxaca de Juarez $14
    Cabo San Lucas $28

Sample the Local Flavors in Oaxaca de Juarez

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Oaxaca de Juarez:

  • Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour: $45
  • Only Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery tour: $50
  • Only Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery Tour: $50
  • From Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery: $53
  • Tour to Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery (Small groups): $66
  • Mezcal distillery guided tour: $88
  • Personalized Tour to Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery: $108
  • Mezcal Distillery Day Trip: $144
  • Artisanal Mezcal distillery in an authentic Zapotec village : $150

Sample the Local Flavors in Cabo San Lucas

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cabo San Lucas:

  • Cabo Bar Crawl - The BEST Bar and Clubs in Cabo : $55
  • Wine Tasting Sunset Cruise Tour in San Jose del Cabo: $190


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Oaxaca de Juarez Expensive? and Is Cabo San Lucas Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Oaxaca de Juarez or Cabo San Lucas?

Oaxaca de Juarez has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Cabo San Lucas. When comparing the sizes of Oaxaca de Juarez and Cabo San Lucas, 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.