A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers San Pedro La Laguna vs. Quepos for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit San Pedro La Laguna or Quepos?

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

Should I visit San Pedro La Laguna or Quepos? 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: San Pedro La Laguna or Quepos?

San Pedro La Laguna

Located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlan is a beautiful volcanic lake ringed by small towns and villages that are highly frequented by backpackers. Panajachal is one of the best known of the towns, as well as the main entry point of the region, while others like San Pedro La Laguna are quieter and more off the beaten path. Lake Atitlan and its villages attract visitors for its scenic beauty, outdoor activities, and Mayan culture nearby.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Quepos or San Pedro La Laguna?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Pedro La Laguna is $36, while the average daily cost in Quepos is $115. 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 Pedro La Laguna and Quepos in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Pedro La Laguna $8.20
    Quepos $75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Pedro La Laguna $16
    Quepos $150
Compare Hotels in San Pedro La Laguna and Quepos

Looking for a hotel in San Pedro La Laguna 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 San Pedro La Laguna


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: Quepos Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Pedro La Laguna $13
    Quepos $9.39

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): $73
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to SJO Airport and surroundings : $199
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna Arenal volcano : $299
  • Transfer TO or FROM Manuel Antonio, Quepos to SJO Airport - Private (ONE WAY): $105
  • Shuttle Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose: $60
  • Private transfer from SJ Airport to Manuel Antonio and vice versa: $230
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $269
  • Private Transfer from Quepos Port to Liberia Int Airport (LIR): $88
  • Private Transfer from Quepos Cruise Port to San Jose City Hotels: $92
  • Private Transfer from Quepos Cruise Port to Liberia City Hotels: $88
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to SJO Airport or Hotels: $230
  • Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Nauyaca Waterfalls (Round Trip): $195

Is it cheaper to fly into San Pedro La Laguna or Quepos?

Prices for flights to both Quepos and San Pedro La Laguna 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 Pedro La Laguna $11
    Quepos $29
Typical Food Prices in San Pedro La Laguna

For San Pedro La Laguna, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lemonade
    $2.05
  • Cake
    $1.28
  • Ice cream
    $0.38
  • Hot Cocoa & Banana Bread
    $2.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Pedro La Laguna

For San Pedro La Laguna, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Guatemalan street food tour with a local bilingual guide: $40
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class around Lake Atitlan: $50
  • Maya Cooking Class from Panajachel: $55

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)
    $19

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
  • 3 Hour Cooking Class and Medical Plants Garden: $77
  • Cooking Class in Manuel Antonio with Medicinal Plants Garden Visit: $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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Pedro La Laguna $21
    Quepos $17
Typical Entertainment Prices in San Pedro La Laguna

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for San Pedro La Laguna's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Canopy Tour (for 2)
    $38
  • Kayaking (for 2)
    $1.92
  • Coffee Tour (for 2)
    $6.92

Tours and Activities in San Pedro La Laguna

For San Pedro La Laguna, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Lake Atitlan Boat tour from Puerto Quetzal (Group): $125
  • 5-Hour Private Birdwatching Experience in San Juan La Laguna: $50
  • Authentic local experience with a community of women.: $68
  • Beading Class and tour a Non-profit vocational training center a Fun cultural sharing experience: $28
  • Bicycle Tour Around Lake Atitlan with Weaving Coops and Coffee Plantations: $112
  • Biking tour through the towns of Santa Catarina and San Antonio: $46
  • Boat tour in Mayan villages: $85
  • Chichicastenango Market Day Tour from Panajachel: $83
  • Day of the Dead Giant Kite Festival Cultural Experience: $35
  • Full Day Tour to Chichicastenango from Panajachel : $160
  • Get fun with an Adventure Tour - Zip Line (Canopy): $51
  • Half-Day Private Indian Nose Peak Tour from Lake Atitlan: $140

Tours and Activities in Quepos

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

  • 10 in 1 Tour! Zip Lines, Rappels, Tarzan Swing, Waterfalls & More: $130
  • 2-3-Hour Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour: $30
  • 3-Hour Damas Mangrove Kayak Tour: $90
  • 4-Hour ATV Adventure in Naranjito: $80
  • ATV Tour Half Day Trip From Manuel Antonio: $90
  • Adventure Full Day Tour from Manuel Antonio & Quepos + 2 Tours : $161
  • All Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure from Manuel Antonio: $83
  • All Inclusive Zip line & Catamaran Eco Adventure: $170
  • All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch: $93
  • All-Inclusive Full-Day Nauyaca Waterfall and Beach Town Tour: $142
  • All-Inclusive Jungle Night Tour: $59
  • Bird-watching Tour - Manuel Antonio : $65

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Pedro La Laguna $5.56
    Quepos $14


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between San Pedro La Laguna and Quepos, we can see that Quepos is more expensive. And not only is San Pedro La Laguna much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to San Pedro La Laguna would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in San Pedro La Laguna 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 San Pedro La Laguna.

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


Which is Bigger, San Pedro La Laguna or Quepos?

San Pedro La Laguna has a larger population, and is about 24% larger than the population of Quepos. When comparing the sizes of San Pedro La Laguna 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.