A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Roatan vs. Quepos for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Roatan or Quepos?

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 Roatan and Quepos. 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: Roatan or Quepos?


Your next great vacation lies just thirty miles off the north coast of Honduras. Right above the world's largest coral reef is the island of Roatan. As a popular tourist attraction and standard cruise destination, it's not uncommon to see tons of Americans during your trip. In fact, the cruising industry has had huge impact on the island's culture. While ships are in port, traffic will be heavier and prices may go up. Because of the growth of tourism, most locals speak both Spanish and English.


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.

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

Which place is cheaper, Quepos or Roatan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Roatan is $38, while the average daily cost in Quepos is $113. 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 Roatan and Quepos in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Roatan $11
    Quepos $74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Roatan $22
    Quepos $148
Compare Hotels in Roatan and Quepos

Looking for a hotel in Roatan or Quepos? 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 Roatan

Hotels in Quepos

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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: Roatan Hotel Prices and Quepos Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Roatan $19
    Quepos $9.22
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Roatan

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

  • Water Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Roatan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Roatan:

  • West Bay Beach, Chocolate, & Rum Factory & Transfer: $67
  • Transfers to West End by night from hotels in West Bay or Sandy Bay: $15
  • South Side Horseback Riding, Beach Break & Roundway Transfer: $120
  • Round trip transfers from airport or ferry to hotel: $40
  • Roatan to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $38
  • Roatan Zipline, Monkey, Macaws & Sloths Eco Park, Snorkeling, Transfer: $128
  • Roatan Sun & Fun, Sloths & Monkeys, Beach & Private Transfer: $63
  • Roatan Special Catamaran for Cruise Ship Passengers plus Transfer: $113
  • Roatan Private Catamaran Shipwreck, Blue Channel and Starfish with Transfer: $90
  • Roatan Island hotels to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $38
  • Roatan Island Buggy Adventure plus Transfer: $217
  • Roatan East End Cultural Experience, Island Lunch & Private Transfer: $99

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos

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

  • Transfer from Quepos Cruise Port to Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO): $72
  • Private Transfer from Quepos Port to Liberia Int Airport (LIR): $88
  • Transfer TO or FROM Manuel Antonio, Quepos to SJO Airport - Private (ONE WAY): $105
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio: $140
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Nauyaca Waterfalls (Round Trip): $199
  • Private One Way Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José (Airport SJO): $210
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Nauyaca: $220
  • Private transfer from SJ Airport to Manuel Antonio and vice versa: $230
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Monteverde: $276

Is it cheaper to fly into Roatan or Quepos?

Prices for flights to both Quepos and Roatan 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
    Roatan $9.41
    Quepos $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Roatan

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

  • Private Roundtrip Transfer to West End for Dinner and Nightlife : $70
  • Tiki Boat Sunset Cruise in Roatan with Snorkeling and Dinner : $100
  • Cooking classes from a Local!: $200

Typical Food Prices in Quepos

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

  • Lunch
  • Seafood Dinner (for 1)

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
  • Night Mangrove Safari Boat Tour with Dinner | Manuel Antonio: $79

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Roatan $27
    Quepos $16

Tours and Activities in Roatan

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

  • Private Tour: Chocolate Factory Rum cake Factory, Sightseeing and Beach Tour: $45
  • Roatan Island Tour & Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Tour: $70
  • Sloths Sanctuary/Monkeys Play + Dune Buggy/ATV Adventure & Private Beach Resort: $139
  • 4-Hour East Side Roatan Private Guided Tour with Canoe Ride: $120
  • 4-to-5 Hour Cruise Ship Tour, Monkeys/Sloths & West Bay Resort: $48
  • ATV Adventure on the East End of Roatan: $135
  • ATV Safari and Horseback Adventure at Mahogany Bay: $99
  • Adventures of Roatan ATV Pineapple beach break: $120
  • Animal Sightings and Walking Tour at Gumbalimba Park with Addons: $90
  • Atv Island Tour: $85
  • Beer and Food Tasting Experience at Roatan Island Brewing Company: $100
  • Best of ATV Adventure or BUGGY BLAST(Add Sloths + Beach @ Xtra/Optional): $90

Tours and Activities in Quepos

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

  • Beach Day Experience in Manuel Antonio: $20
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour: $28
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $29
  • 2-3-Hour Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour: $30
  • Manuel Antonio Park Tour and its Amazing Wildlife and Beaches: $30
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour: $30
  • Manuel Antonio with Mauro / Tickets not Included! : $30
  • 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 with a Nature Specialist: $45
  • Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $45
  • Mangrove and monkey boat Tour UNFORGETTABLE...: $50

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Roatan $7.07
    Quepos $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Roatan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Roatan:

  • Bar Crawl Tour in West End Village by Pedibike- Let the Good Times Roll: $80

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

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

Which is Bigger, Roatan or Quepos?

Quepos has a larger population, and is about 4% larger than the population of Roatan. When comparing the sizes of Roatan and Quepos, 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.