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

Should you visit San Pedro or Roatan?

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

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

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.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Belize, The Best G Adventures Tours to Belize, The Best Adventure Tours to Honduras, and The Best Adventure Tours to Honduras.

Which place is cheaper, Roatan or San Pedro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Pedro is $135, while the average daily cost in Roatan is $38. 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 Roatan in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Pedro $66
    Roatan $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Pedro $132
    Roatan $22
Compare Hotels in San Pedro and Roatan

Looking for a hotel in San Pedro or Roatan? 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 Roatan

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Pedro $34
    Roatan $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Pedro:

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

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:

  • Transfers to West End by night from hotels in West Bay or Sandy Bay: $15
  • Roatan Island hotels to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $38
  • Honduras to Honduras Airport (RTB)-Departure Private Transfer: $38
  • Round trip transfers from airport or ferry to hotel: $40
  • Chocolate Factory, Rum Factory, Markets, Island Tour, Private Transfer: $50
  • Roatan Sun & Fun, Sloths & Monkeys, Beach & Private Transfer: $63
  • Mayan Eden Eco Park, Chocolate Factory & Transfer: $65
  • West Bay Beach, Chocolate, & Rum Factory & Transfer: $67
  • Catch a ride to West Bay & back to Port, Hotel, or Airport (Roundtrip Transfer): $75
  • Honduras Roatan Airport (RTB) to Honduras -Round-Trip Transfer: $76
  • Roatan Private Catamaran Shipwreck, Blue Channel and Starfish with Transfer: $90
  • West Bay Aquarium Snorkeling, Chocolate & Rum Factory, City Tour plus Transfer: $91

Is it cheaper to fly into San Pedro or Roatan?

Prices for flights to both Roatan 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
    Roatan $9.44

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Roatan

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

  • Cooking classes from a Local!: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Pedro $33
    Roatan $27

Tours and Activities in San Pedro

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

  • Shark & Ray Afternoon Swim Tiki Bar Cruise: $45
  • Sunset Tiki Bar Cruise in Caye Caulker, Belize: $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
  • Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye: $93
  • Hol Chan Full-Day Bucket List Snorkeling and Marine Life Tour: $105
  • Hol Chan, Shark Ray Full-Day Snorkeling Tour From San Pedro Belize: $110
  • Mexico Rocks Day Sail Shared Guided Tour: $129
  • Exclusive All-in-1 Full Day Shared Guided Tour: $139
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve Snorkel and Caye Caulker Tour 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat: $150

Tours and Activities in Roatan

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

  • Roatan Private Snorkeling Experience with Pick Up: $35
  • Shore Excursion: Roatan VIP Customizable Island Tour: $35
  • Private Tour in Roatan with Pick Up: $44
  • Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Sightseen Tour and Beach: $45
  • Shore Excursion: Roatan East West Private Half-Day Island Tour : $45
  • Roatan Chocolate Factory Rum Factory and Beach Day Tour: $45
  • Customizable Best Of Roatan Island Tour in Honduras: $45
  • Roatan VIP Free-Style Private Tour: $45
  • 4-to-5 Hour Cruise Ship Tour, Monkeys/Sloths & West Bay Resort: $48
  • Monkeys and Sloth Hang Out with Island Tour in Roatan: $49
  • Monkeys & sloth hangout,Chocolate Factory,Rum Factory, island tour/Beach : $49
  • Goodman's Island Style Roatan Highlights Tour: $50

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Pedro $16
    Roatan $7.09

Sample the Local Flavors in Roatan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Roatan:

  • Half-Day Tour in Roatan With Brewery, Rum and Chocolate Factories visit: $46
  • 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 San Pedro and Roatan, we can see that San Pedro 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 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 Roatan.

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 Roatan Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, San Pedro or Roatan?

San Pedro has a larger population, and is about 12% larger than the population of Roatan. When comparing the sizes of San Pedro and Roatan, 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.