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

Should you visit San Pedro or Tamarindo?

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

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

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.

Tamarindo

Tamarindo is a small beach town in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. This town is usually sought out by surfers, fishers, couples, and families. There are delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches, and friendly Tico's and Tica's (local Costa Rican nicknames) everywhere.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Belize, The Best G Adventures Tours to Belize, The Best Luxury Tours to Costa Rica, and The Best Budget Tours to Costa Rica.


Which place is cheaper, Tamarindo 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 Tamarindo is $117. 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 Tamarindo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Pedro $66
    Tamarindo $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Pedro $132
    Tamarindo $96
Compare Hotels in San Pedro and Tamarindo

Looking for a hotel in San Pedro or Tamarindo? 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 Tamarindo


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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: Tamarindo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Pedro $34
    Tamarindo $66

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 Tamarindo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tamarindo:

  • Private Transfer from Liberia/Tamarindo Guanacaste Airport: $20
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport To Luna Llena Hotel Tamarindo: $20
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport To Best Western Tamarindo: $20
  • Private Transfer from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo Beach: $20
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport To Hotel Pastiempo Tamarindo: $20
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport Hotel Arco Iris Tamarindo: $20
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport to Selina Tamarindo: $21
  • Playa Grande to Liberia Airport (LIR) Departure Private Transfer: $31
  • Flamingo/Tamarindo to Liberia Airport(LIR)- Departure Transfer: $38
  • JW Marriott/Riu Hotel to Liberia Airport (LIR) Departure Transfer: $38
  • Liberia Airport To Tamarindo Private Transfer: $55
  • From Hotel Transfer to Liberia Guanacaste Airport: $62

Is it cheaper to fly into San Pedro or Tamarindo?

Prices for flights to both Tamarindo 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    San Pedro $40
    Tamarindo $31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tamarindo

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

  • Online Class on Zoom: Cooking Costa Rica Homemade Food: $35
  • Traditional Cooking Class In Tamarindo: $95
  • Traditional Cooking Class In Tamarindo: $95

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Pedro $33
    Tamarindo $16

Tours and Activities in San Pedro

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

  • 3 Hours Barrier Reef Tour in Caye Caulker, Belize: $54
  • Shark & Ray Afternoon Swim Tiki Bar Cruise: $60
  • Sunset Tiki Bar Cruise in Caye Caulker, Belize: $60
  • Belizean Food Experience: $80
  • Ambergris Caye Sunset Sail Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat: $85
  • SAN PEDRO; Belizean Food Experience: $86
  • Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye: $93
  • Hol-Chan Snorkel Tour from Caye Caulker: $99
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve Snorkel Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat: $99
  • 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
  • All-Inclusive Full-Day Hol Chan Snorkeling Tour : $120

Tours and Activities in Tamarindo

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

  • Tamarindo Estuary Tour: $44
  • Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo: $46
  • Tamarindo Birdwatching Crocodiles and Monkey Tour: $50
  • Turtle Nesting Tour: $55
  • Sea turtle watching tour near playa grande: $55
  • Rain Forest Canopy Tour from Zipline, Hanging Bridge: $55
  • ATV Beach and Mountain Tour!: $62
  • Tamarindo Estuary: Kayak Monkey Tour: $65
  • Hiking Tour of La Leona Waterfall with Lunch: $65
  • UTV Side By Side Off Road Tour Tamarindo Beach & Flamingo Beach: $65
  • ATV and UTV Beach Tour from Tamarindo, Flamingo and Conchal Beach: $67
  • Turtle Watching Tour: $70

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Pedro $16
    Tamarindo $13

Sample the Local Flavors in Tamarindo

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

  • Tamarindo Bar Crawl Experience: $25


When comparing the travel costs between San Pedro and Tamarindo, we can see that San Pedro is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Central America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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 Tamarindo Expensive?.



When is the best time to visit San Pedro or Tamarindo?

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 Pedro or Tamarindo in the Summer?

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

It rains a lot this time of the year in Tamarindo. It's quite rainy in San Pedro. In July, San Pedro usually receives more rain than Tamarindo. San Pedro gets 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain, while Tamarindo receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in San Pedro. San Pedro usually receives more sunshine than Tamarindo during summer. San Pedro gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Tamarindo receives 164 hours of full sun in the summer.

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


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    San Pedro 28°C (82°F) 
    Tamarindo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit San Pedro or Tamarindo in the Autumn?

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

Tamarindo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in San Pedro. San Pedro usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Tamarindo. San Pedro gets 255 mm (10 in) of rain, while Tamarindo receives 254 mm (10 in) of rain this time of the year.

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

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


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    San Pedro 26°C (80°F) 
    Tamarindo 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit San Pedro or Tamarindo in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both San Pedro and Tamarindo. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to San Pedro year-round. Tamarindo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

San Pedro gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, San Pedro usually receives more rain than Tamarindo. San Pedro gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Tamarindo receives 8 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Tamarindo this time of the year. San Pedro usually receives less sunshine than Tamarindo during winter. San Pedro gets 199 hours of sunny skies, while Tamarindo receives 264 hours of full sun in the winter.

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


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    San Pedro 24°C (74°F) 
    Tamarindo 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit San Pedro or Tamarindo in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to San Pedro as well as Tamarindo. San Pedro attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Tamarindo throughout the year.

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

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Tamarindo. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in San Pedro this time of the year. In the spring, San Pedro often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Tamarindo. San Pedro gets 256 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tamarindo receives 255 hours of full sun.

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    San Pedro 27°C (80°F) 
    Tamarindo 29°C (85°F)

Typical Weather for Tamarindo and San Pedro

San Pedro Tamarindo
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)