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

Should you visit San Pedro or La Ceiba?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between San Pedro or La Ceiba, 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 Pedro or La Ceiba?

San Pedro

San Pedro is the largest town on Ambergris Caye, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize. Here you can find a tropical paradise with warm weather, clear blue waters, plenty of activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, and a host of hotels, restaurants, and other amenities.

La Ceiba

La Ceiba is the third largest city in Honduras, situated on the north Caribbean coast. The city has a population of about a quarter million people. Many people who visit this city do so before heading into Pico Bonito National Park. It hasn't had the best infrastructure for tourists in the past but is developing fast. It is about 200 kilometers from San Pedro Sula, another large city in Honduras.

Which place is cheaper, La Ceiba or San Pedro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Pedro is $134, while the average daily cost in La Ceiba is $65. 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 and La Ceiba in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Pedro $66
    La Ceiba $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Pedro $132
    La Ceiba $48
Compare Hotels in San Pedro and La Ceiba

Looking for a hotel in San Pedro or La Ceiba? 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

Hotels in La Ceiba

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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: La Ceiba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Pedro $34
    La Ceiba $32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Pedro:

  • Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure (Boat Transfer): $205

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Ceiba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Ceiba:

  • Private Transfer from Goloson Airport (LCE) to Banana Coast Port: $79
  • Private Transfer from La Ceiba hotels to Banana Coast Cruise Port: $79

Is it cheaper to fly into San Pedro or La Ceiba?

Prices for flights to both La Ceiba and San Pedro 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
    San Pedro $40
    La Ceiba $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Pedro

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

  • Belizean Sunset and Cultural Dinner Cruise: $120

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Pedro $33
    La Ceiba $22

Tours and Activities in San Pedro

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

  • Sunset Tiki Bar Cruise in Caye Caulker, Belize: $45
  • Shark & Ray Afternoon Swim Tiki Bar Cruise: $45
  • 3 Hours Barrier Reef Tour in Caye Caulker, Belize: $54
  • Ambergris Caye Sunset Sail Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat: $75
  • SAN PEDRO; Belizean Food Experience: $86
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve Snorkel Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat: $89
  • Hol Chan Full-Day Bucket List Snorkeling and Marine Life Tour: $92
  • Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye: $93
  • All-Inclusive Full-Day Hol Chan Snorkeling Tour : $95
  • Hol - Chan Snorkel Tour: $99
  • Hol Chan, Shark Ray Full-Day Snorkeling Tour From San Pedro Belize: $110
  • Mexico Rocks Day Sail Shared Guided Tour: $129

Tours and Activities in La Ceiba

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

  • ATV Tour : $110

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Pedro $16
    La Ceiba $5.16

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

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

Which is Bigger, San Pedro or La Ceiba?

La Ceiba has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of San Pedro. When comparing the sizes of San Pedro and La Ceiba, 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.