A Travel Price Comparison for Costa Rica Quepos vs. Liberia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Quepos or Liberia?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Quepos and Liberia can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Quepos or Liberia?

Quepos

Quepos is both a district and the capital of Aguirre canton in the Puntareanas Province of Costa Rica. The town is quite small, and the district has a population of about 22,000 people. Quepos is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. The town's economy is centered around tourism and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area. The town also has a lively nightlife for such a small community.

Liberia

Liberia is a town in northwestern Costa Rica. It is the capital of the Guanacaste province, which is about 140 miles away from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. The town has a population of about 56,000 and is one of the tourism centers of the country.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to Costa Rica, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Costa Rica, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Costa Rica, and The Best Adventure Tours to Costa Rica.


Which place is cheaper, Liberia or Quepos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Quepos is $117, while the average daily cost in Liberia is $112. 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 Quepos and Liberia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Quepos $77
    Liberia $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Quepos $154
    Liberia $120
Compare Hotels in Quepos and Liberia

Looking for a hotel in Quepos or Liberia? 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 Quepos


Hotels in Liberia


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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: Quepos Hotel Prices and Liberia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Quepos $9.56
    Liberia $43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos

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

  • Shuttle Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose: $60
  • Private Transfer from Quepos Port to Liberia Int Airport (LIR): $87
  • Private Transfer from Quepos Cruise Port to San Jose City Hotels: $90
  • Transfer TO or FROM Manuel Antonio, Quepos to SJO Airport - Private (ONE WAY): $105
  • Private Transfer From San Jose Airport To Manuel Antonio Beach: $125
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio: $140
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Nauyaca Waterfalls (Round Trip): $199
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to SJO Airport and surroundings : $209
  • Private One Way Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José (Airport SJO): $210
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to the Sierpe: $213
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to SJO Airport or Hotels: $230
  • Private transfer from SJ Airport to Manuel Antonio and vice versa: $230

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Liberia

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


  • Bike Rental
    $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Liberia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Liberia:

  • Transfer from Playa Hermosa to Liberia Airport (LIR): $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Riu Guanacaste Hotel in Guanacaste: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Playas del Coco Guanacaste: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Planet Hollywood Beach Resort: $91
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to El Mangroove Hotel: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Dreams Las Mareas Hotel: $149
  • Transfer from El Mangroove Hotel to Liberia Airport (LIR): $94
  • Transfer from Bosque del Mar Hotel to Liberia Airport (LIR): $85
  • Transfer Service From Liberia Airport To Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica: $240
  • Transfer Riu Palace and Guanacaste Round-Trip: $160
  • Transfer Liberia Airport to Planet Hollywood or Andaz Papagayo, ROUND TRIP.: $176
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer - Liberia Airport to your selected location: $240

Is it cheaper to fly into Quepos or Liberia?

Prices for flights to both Liberia and Quepos 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
    Quepos $30
    Liberia $21
Typical Food Prices in Quepos

For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $15
  • Seafood Dinner (for 1)
    $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quepos

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

  • Night Jungle Tour with Dinner (Rainmaker Park): $59
  • Cooking Class in Manuel Antonio with Medicinal Plants Garden Visit: $77
  • 3 Hour Cooking Class and Medical Plants Garden: $77
  • Cooking Class & Medicinal Plants Garden Manuel Antonio: $77
  • Night Mangrove Safari Boat Tour with Dinner | Manuel Antonio: $79
  • Manuel Antonio Local Cooking Class with Botanical Garden Tour: $97

Typical Food Prices in Liberia

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


  • Snacks
    $1.97
  • Lunch at The Shack (for 1)
    $4.95
  • Lunch
    $11
  • Coffee & Tres Leches (for 2)
    $14
  • Ginger Ale
    $1.28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Liberia

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

  • Private Sunset Dinner at the Beach with Chef : $190

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Quepos $17
    Liberia $25

Tours and Activities in Quepos

For Quepos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Manuel Antonio National Park tour : $27
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour: $28
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $28
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Group Guided Tour: $30
  • Manuel Antonio Park Tour and its Amazing Wildlife and Beaches: $30
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour: $30
  • Guided Tour in Manuel Antonio National Park!: $35
  • Guided Tour in Manuel Antonio National Park: $35
  • Manuel Antonio Jungle Night Tour with pick up included: $39
  • Guided hiking Tour by the Mystic Ebano Rainforest in Costa Rica: $40
  • Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour: $45
  • Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $45

Tours and Activities in Liberia

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

  • ATV Tour Guanacaste the Beach Excursion & Trail: $110
  • Birdwatching Experience private tour : $275
  • Llanos de Cortez Safari and Waterfall Tour: $190
  • Mega Combo Adventure: $195
  • Nicaragua one day tour from Costa Rica, Discover it: $250
  • Private ATV Tour Off Road Adventure beaches & Towns: $89
  • 2 Hour ATV Experience From Guanacaste: $180
  • 2 Hour ATV Private Tour in Costa Rica: $81
  • 2 In 1 Jet Sky & Buggy Private Tour: $300
  • 2-Hour Horseback Riding Tour in Guanacaste: $65
  • 2-Hours UTV Tour: $110
  • 3 Hour ATV Adventure Tour in El Jobo: $120

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Quepos $15
    Liberia $13


When comparing the travel costs between Quepos and Liberia, we can see that Quepos 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 Central America, 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 Quepos Expensive? and Is Liberia Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Quepos or Liberia?

Liberia has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Quepos. When comparing the sizes of Quepos and Liberia, 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 Quepos or Liberia?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Quepos or Liberia in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Quepos as well as Liberia. Quepos attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Liberia throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Liberia. Quepos receives a lot of rain in the summer. Quepos usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Liberia. Quepos gets 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the summer, Quepos often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Liberia. Quepos gets 164 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Liberia receives 164 hours of full sun.

In the summer, Quepos is around the same temperature as Liberia. Typically, the summer temperatures in Quepos in July average around 28°C (82°F), and Liberia averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Quepos 28°C (82°F) 
    Liberia 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Quepos or Liberia in the Autumn?

Both Liberia and Quepos are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Quepos throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Liberia because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

The dry season in Liberia is December to April. The rainy season in Liberia is April to December. It rains a lot this time of the year in Liberia. It's quite rainy in Quepos. In October, Quepos usually receives around the same amount of rain as Liberia. Quepos gets 254 mm (10 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 254 mm (10 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

Quepos usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Liberia during autumn. Quepos gets 169 hours of sunny skies, while Liberia receives 169 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Quepos is generally around the same temperature as Liberia. Daily temperatures in Quepos average around 27°C (81°F), and Liberia fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Quepos 27°C (81°F) 
    Liberia 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Quepos or Liberia in the Winter?

Both Liberia and Quepos during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Quepos because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Liberia year-round.

Quepos usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Liberia. Quepos gets 8 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 8 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Liberia, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Quepos. In the winter, Quepos often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Liberia. Quepos gets 264 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Liberia receives 264 hours of full sun.

Quepos is around the same temperature as Liberia in the winter. The daily temperature in Quepos averages around 27°C (81°F) in January, and Liberia fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Quepos 27°C (81°F) 
    Liberia 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Quepos or Liberia in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Quepos and Liberia. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Quepos year-round. Liberia attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

December to April in Liberia is the dry season. Also, April to December is the rainy season in Liberia. In April, Quepos usually receives around the same amount of rain as Liberia. Quepos gets 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Liberia receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Liberia this time of the year. In Quepos, it's very sunny this time of the year. Quepos usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Liberia during spring. Quepos gets 255 hours of sunny skies, while Liberia receives 255 hours of full sun in the spring.

In the spring, Quepos is around the same temperature as Liberia. Typically, the spring temperatures in Quepos in April average around 29°C (85°F), and Liberia averages at about 29°C (85°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Quepos 29°C (85°F) 
    Liberia 29°C (85°F)

Typical Weather for Liberia and Quepos

Quepos Liberia
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Feb 28°C (83°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 28°C (83°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Apr 29°C (85°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 29°C (85°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
May 29°C (83°F) 226 mm (8.9 in) 29°C (83°F) 226 mm (8.9 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 226 mm (8.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 226 mm (8.9 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 164 mm (6.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 289 mm (11.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 289 mm (11.4 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 328 mm (12.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 328 mm (12.9 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 254 mm (10 in) 27°C (81°F) 254 mm (10 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 121 mm (4.8 in) 27°C (81°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)