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?

Should I visit San Pedro La Laguna or Quepos? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

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 city 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 $29, while the average daily cost in Quepos is $75. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for San Pedro La Laguna and Quepos in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $13 in San Pedro La Laguna For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $98 in Quepos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Pedro La Laguna $6.61
    Quepos $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Pedro La Laguna $13
    Quepos $98

Food

In San Pedro La Laguna travelers spend around $8.80 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about $19 per day in Quepos for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    San Pedro La Laguna $8.80
    Quepos $19
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
    $2.07
  • Cake
    $1.29
  • Ice cream
    $0.39
  • Hot Cocoa & Banana Bread
    $2.97

Typical Food prices in Quepos

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


  • Lunch
    $12
  • Seafood Dinner (for 1)
    $16

Local Transportation

San Pedro La Laguna's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $11 per person, per day on transportation in San Pedro La Laguna.

Quepos's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $6.20 per person, per day on transportation in Quepos.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Pedro La Laguna $11
    Quepos $6.20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos

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

  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo Limón: $490
  • Private transfer from Uvita to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $234
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $201
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers: $289
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 11 to 15 passengers: $453
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers: $275
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio: $140
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Puerto Jiménez: $333
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna: $333
  • Manuel Antonio to SJO International Airport - Private Transfer: $209

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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in San Pedro La Laguna can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Quepos can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Pedro La Laguna $17
    Quepos $11
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)
    $39
  • Kayaking (for 2)
    $1.94
  • Coffee Tour (for 2)
    $6.98

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:

  • Camping, Short hike & Watch the sunrise on the top of Indian Nose (Private tour): $85
  • Chichicastenango Market Day Tour: $60
  • Get fun with an Adventure Tour - Zip Line (Canopy): $51
  • Horseback Riding Tour: $51
  • Indian Nose Hiking Adventure (custom and private tour): $51
  • Lake Atitlan Village Tour - from Panajachel: $205

Tours and Activities in Quepos

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

  • ATV Guided Tour: $119
  • ATV Tour Manuel Antonio Half Day Trip: $116
  • All Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure from Manuel Antonio: $79
  • AquaQuepos Private Snorkeling Sunset Cruise: $600
  • AquaQuepos Snorkeling Morning Cruise: $600
  • Beautiful Manuel Antonio Sunset Tour.: $800
  • Birding at El Rey. (Marshes,rice fields,canals) Private Birding Tour: $79
  • Birdwatching Manuel Antonio/ El Rey. (Marshes,rice fields,canals) Group Tour: $103
  • Birdwatching Tour: $120
  • Birdwatching Tour: $123
  • Birdwatching Tour Manuel Antonio / Esquipulas Private Tour: $134
  • Birdwatching Tour Manuel Antonio /Esquipulas Group Tour Experience: $77

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting San Pedro La Laguna spend on average $4.48 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Quepos spend on average $9.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Pedro La Laguna $4.48
    Quepos $9.50


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.

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