A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers San Ignacio vs. La Fortuna for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit San Ignacio or La Fortuna?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between San Ignacio or La Fortuna, 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: San Ignacio or La Fortuna?

San Ignacio

So you want a tropical getaway, but also don't want to lay around with nothing to do. You want an adventure! You want relaxation and exploration.

You want to visit the small town of San Ignacio, Belize.

This section of the Cayo region is really more of a jungle than a typical Belize beach getaway. Located close the ancient Mayan ruins on the western and inland side of Belize, this town is most popular for its many outdoor adventures including hiking, climbing, and caving!

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It is the closest town to Arenal Volcano, and the area is often simply refered to as Arenal. The volcano itself is active and has been constantly erupting since 1968. It erupts on average 41 times a day. This area of northern Costa Rica is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

Which place is cheaper, La Fortuna or San Ignacio?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Ignacio is $71, while the average daily cost in La Fortuna is $102. 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 San Ignacio and La Fortuna in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Ignacio $19
    La Fortuna $50
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Ignacio $38
    La Fortuna $100
Compare Hotels in San Ignacio and La Fortuna

Looking for a hotel in San Ignacio or La Fortuna? 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 San Ignacio


Hotels in La Fortuna


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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: San Ignacio Hotel Prices and La Fortuna Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Ignacio $3.10
    La Fortuna $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Ignacio

Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Ignacio:

  • From Van Transfer To Flores Peten in Guatemala: $20
  • San Ignacio Hotel to Belize City Transfer: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Fortuna

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Fortuna:

  • Transfer From Liberia Airport To Arenal La Fortuna San Carlos: $42
  • Arenal La Fortuna to Liberia Airport (LIR) - Departure Transfer : $64
  • Arenal Private Transfers from/to Costa Rica Airports: $220
  • Arenal lake boat transfer from to Monteverde from La Fortuna: $60
  • Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) -Arrival Private Transfer: $189
  • Direct Transfer From La Fortuna to San Jose, English Speaking Driver: $154
  • From La Fortuna/La Palma: Private Transfer to Tamarindo: $280
  • From San Jose Airport To Arenal - La Fortuna - PRIVATE TRANSFER: $295
  • La Fortuna Private Transfer to San Jose Airport : $231
  • La Fortuna de Arenal: Transfer to Guapiles: $213
  • La Fortuna de Arenal: Transfer to Liberia or LIR Airport: $187
  • La Fortuna de Arenal: Transfer to Liberia or LIR Airport: $70

Is it cheaper to fly into San Ignacio or La Fortuna?

Prices for flights to both La Fortuna and San Ignacio 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
    San Ignacio $21
    La Fortuna $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Ignacio

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

  • Xunantunich & Food Tour with local chocolate experience: $150

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Fortuna

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

  • Sloth Tour in La Fortuna and Tortillas Cooking Class: $35
  • Cooking Class and Sugar Cane Experience: $35
  • Skip the Line: Mineral Hot Springs Full Day Ticket w/ Optional Lunch or Dinner: $42
  • Organic Farm Visit & Farm-to-Table Cooking Class: $45
  • Farm-To-Table Cooking Class : $45
  • Typical Costa Rican Cooking Classes in La Fortuna: $48
  • Costa Rica Cooking, El Fogon de Chela: $50
  • cooking class la fortuna: $50
  • Private typical cooking class with a Costa Rican family: $59
  • Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local" La Fortuna: $63
  • Rainforest Night Walk and Authentic Costa Rican Dinner from La Fortuna: $65
  • 3-Hour Costa Rican Cooking Class with Dinner: $68

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Ignacio $100
    La Fortuna $43

Tours and Activities in San Ignacio

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

  • Jungle and farm horseback riding adventure!: $55
  • Xunantunich Maya Site with Local Tour guide: $65
  • Horseback Riding and Tour in San Lorenzo Organic Farm: $65
  • From Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos: $75
  • Half-Day Cave Canoeing Adventure: $75
  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour from San Ignacio: $75
  • Xunantunich & Adventure Horse Ride: $75
  • Cave Canoeing with Local Tour Guide: $80
  • Belize Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio: $90
  • Farm Ride plus Xunantunich tour: $90
  • Cave Tubing with local tour Guide and Belizean Lunch: $90
  • Barton Creek Tour: $98

Tours and Activities in La Fortuna

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

  • Two Destinations Tour - La Fortuna Top Destinations : $20
  • Hiking Experience to Volcano Base Arenal Park: $20
  • Skip-the-Line La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket: $20
  • Three hours walking tour around the deep Tropical Rain Forest: $20
  • Hiking Experience to Volcano Base Arenal Park: $23
  • Don Olivo Chocolate Tour: $25
  • Arenal Observatory Trails Admission Ticket: $29
  • Excellent Wildlife Tour in Bijagua de Upala: $30
  • 1-Hour Private Sloth Tour in the Rainforest from Costa Rica: $30
  • arenal fortuna city tour: $30
  • Lecanto Organic Coffee Tour: $30
  • Rainforest Chocolate Tour: $30

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Ignacio $17
    La Fortuna $11

Sample the Local Flavors in La Fortuna

Also in La Fortuna, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Bar Crawl in Downtown La Fortuna: $55


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

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


Which is Bigger, San Ignacio or La Fortuna?

San Ignacio has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of La Fortuna. When comparing the sizes of San Ignacio and La Fortuna, 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 San Ignacio or La Fortuna?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit San Ignacio or La Fortuna in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both San Ignacio and La Fortuna. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to San Ignacio year-round. La Fortuna attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

La Fortuna receives a lot of rain in the summer. San Ignacio gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, San Ignacio usually receives more rain than La Fortuna. San Ignacio gets 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain, while La Fortuna receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.

In San Ignacio, it's very sunny this time of the year. San Ignacio usually receives more sunshine than La Fortuna during summer. San Ignacio gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while La Fortuna receives 164 hours of full sun in the summer.

San Ignacio is around the same temperature as La Fortuna in the summer. The daily temperature in San Ignacio averages around 28°C (82°F) in July, and La Fortuna fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    San Ignacio 28°C (82°F) 
    La Fortuna 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit San Ignacio or La Fortuna in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to San Ignacio as well as La Fortuna. San Ignacio attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to La Fortuna throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in La Fortuna. San Ignacio receives a lot of rain in the autumn. San Ignacio usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as La Fortuna. San Ignacio gets 255 mm (10 in) of rain, while La Fortuna receives 254 mm (10 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the autumn, San Ignacio often gets more sunshine than La Fortuna. San Ignacio gets 196 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while La Fortuna receives 169 hours of full sun.

In the autumn, San Ignacio is around the same temperature as La Fortuna. Typically, the autumn temperatures in San Ignacio in October average around 26°C (80°F), and La Fortuna averages at about 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    San Ignacio 26°C (80°F) 
    La Fortuna 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit San Ignacio or La Fortuna in the Winter?

Both La Fortuna and San Ignacio are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to San Ignacio throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to La Fortuna because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in San Ignacio. In January, San Ignacio usually receives more rain than La Fortuna. San Ignacio gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while La Fortuna receives 8 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.

It's quite sunny in La Fortuna. San Ignacio usually receives less sunshine than La Fortuna during winter. San Ignacio gets 199 hours of sunny skies, while La Fortuna receives 264 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, San Ignacio is generally cooler than La Fortuna. Daily temperatures in San Ignacio average around 24°C (74°F), and La Fortuna fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    San Ignacio 24°C (74°F) 
    La Fortuna 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit San Ignacio or La Fortuna in the Spring?

Both La Fortuna and San Ignacio during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to San Ignacio because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to La Fortuna year-round.

San Ignacio usually gets more rain in April than La Fortuna. San Ignacio gets 52 mm (2 in) of rain, while La Fortuna receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

In La Fortuna, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in San Ignacio. In the spring, San Ignacio often gets around the same amount of sunshine as La Fortuna. San Ignacio gets 256 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while La Fortuna receives 255 hours of full sun.

San Ignacio is around the same temperature as La Fortuna in the spring. The daily temperature in San Ignacio averages around 27°C (80°F) in April, and La Fortuna fluctuates around 29°C (85°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    San Ignacio 27°C (80°F) 
    La Fortuna 29°C (85°F)

Typical Weather for La Fortuna and San Ignacio

San Ignacio La Fortuna
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 24°C (74°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Feb 24°C (76°F) 73 mm (2.9 in) 28°C (83°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 26°C (78°F) 25 mm (1 in) 29°C (84°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Apr 27°C (80°F) 52 mm (2 in) 29°C (85°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 105 mm (4.1 in) 29°C (83°F) 226 mm (8.9 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 226 mm (8.9 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 243 mm (9.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 187 mm (7.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 289 mm (11.4 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 328 mm (12.9 in)
Oct 26°C (80°F) 255 mm (10 in) 27°C (81°F) 254 mm (10 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 183 mm (7.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Dec 25°C (76°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)