A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Veracruz vs. Cabo San Lucas for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Veracruz or Cabo San Lucas?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Veracruz and Cabo San Lucas can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Veracruz or Cabo San Lucas?

Veracruz

Veracruz is the name of both a state and city in the country of Mexico. Locals often call the city "Puerto" (port) in order to differentiate the city from the state. The general area runs along the Gulf of Mexico and encompasses ruins, old colonial cities, lush green mountains, and delicious seafood.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ("Cabo") is on the far southern end of the Baja Peninsula. It has countless resorts and activities for visitors. There are world class golf courses, fine dining options, and five star resorts. Prior to the 1980s, Cabo was a quiet fishing village but with the construction of a nearby airport in 1977, the city rapidly grew into one of Mexico's most popular resort vacation spots. Today, Cabo has one of the country's most vibrant nightlife scenes. It also has plenty of water sport activities, and a great beach scene.

Which place is cheaper, Cabo San Lucas or Veracruz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Veracruz is $119, while the average daily cost in Cabo San Lucas is $135. 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 Veracruz and Cabo San Lucas in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Veracruz $53
    Cabo San Lucas $62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Veracruz $106
    Cabo San Lucas $124
Compare Hotels in Veracruz and Cabo San Lucas

Looking for a hotel in Veracruz or Cabo San Lucas? 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 Veracruz


Hotels in Cabo San Lucas


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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: Veracruz Hotel Prices and Cabo San Lucas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Veracruz $28
    Cabo San Lucas $27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Veracruz

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

  • Colima Airport (CLQ) to Colima - Arrival Private Transfer: $14
  • Colima Airport (CLQ) to Colima - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $29
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: General Heriberto Jara International Airport to Veracruz Hotels: $23
  • Transfer from Veracruz Airport to Hotel in Veracruz Port: $32
  • Airport Transfer: $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cabo San Lucas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cabo San Lucas:

  • Los Cabos Airport (SJD): Transfer to Cabo San Lucas Port: $442
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer from Airport to Pacific Side: $300
  • Transfer from Airport to Cabo San Lucas: $300
  • Los Cabos Luxury Private Tesla Transfer from Airport to the Pacifica Area: $293
  • Private All Inclusive Diamante Area Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $280
  • Los Cabos Luxury Private Tesla Transfer from Airport to Cabo San Lucas Area: $261
  • Private All Inclusive Cabo San Lucas Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $250
  • Private Transfer from Accommodation to Restaurant in Los Cabos: $250
  • Private Transfer from Los Cabos Airport to Cabo San Lucas: $250
  • Private Transfer from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz: $243
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer from Airport to Cabo San Lucas: $240
  • Los Cabos Luxury Private Tesla Transfer from Airport to Tourist Corridor Area: $236

Is it cheaper to fly into Veracruz or Cabo San Lucas?

Prices for flights to both Cabo San Lucas and Veracruz 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
    Veracruz $48
    Cabo San Lucas $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cabo San Lucas

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

  • Los Cabos: Sunset and Dinner Cruise: $63
  • Tasting Cabo San Lucas Like a Local Food Tour: $65
  • Cabo San Lucas Sunset Cruise with Dinner and Open Bar: $75
  • Authentic Mexican Legacy Cooking Class in Cabo San Lucas: $75
  • Sea to Table Fisherman's Seafood Tour in Cabo San Lucas: $75
  • Eat Like A Local Cabo Food Tour: $78
  • Seafood Galore, Los Cabos Food Tour: $80
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tequila & tacos: $85
  • Sunset Mexican Dinner Cruise Fajitas dinner & live music: $86
  • Parrillada dinner with a Private Chef in your villa/condo in Cabo or San Jose: $86
  • Cabo Sunset Dinner-Party Cruise: $89
  • Private Mexican Cooking Class in Your Cabo San Lucas Villa or Condo: $90

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Veracruz $14
    Cabo San Lucas $42

Tours and Activities in Veracruz

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Veracruz.

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour: $7.89
  • Panoramic Sightseeing Tour of Veracruz: $8.00
  • San Juan de Ulua Fortress Skip-the-Line Ticket: $12
  • San Juan de Ulua Fortress of Veracruz Skip-the-Line Ticket: $12
  • Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark: Veracruz - Ticket: $19
  • Sightseeing City Tour and Aquarium: $22
  • From Nature & Seafood Boat Tour to Madinga: $23
  • Mandinga And Boat Trip Tour: $23
  • 3-hour tour to the San Juan de Ulúa Fortress: $25
  • Sightseeing City Tour and Wax & Ripley´s Museums: $25
  • From San Juan de Ulua Prison Tour: $26
  • San Juan De Ulua Tour: $28

Tours and Activities in Cabo San Lucas

Here are a few actual costs in Cabo San Lucas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Camel Ride and ATV Combo Adventure in Los Cabos: $145
  • Glass Bottom Boat Sightseeing Tour in Cabo San Lucas: $23
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour: $25
  • Magical Todos Santos Tour, Camel ranch, Lunch & Tequila: $101
  • OffRoad 4X4 UTV Adventure with Lunch & Tequila : $199
  • Platinum Whale Watching and Snorkel Tour (Dec 15-Apr 15): $239
  • Romantic tour in Cabo San Lucas: $167
  • Round Trip to Touristic Corridor : $180
  • Traditional Tequila Tasting Experience with Jorge Cuervo: $60
  • Your Own Private Luxury Yacht Experience in Cabo, Lunch included: $1.20
  • #1 Snorkeling Tour in Catamaran. Open bar & Snacks included: $75
  • 1 Hour Jet Ski Adventure in Billygan's Beach Club: $180

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Veracruz $17
    Cabo San Lucas $28

Sample the Local Flavors in Cabo San Lucas

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cabo San Lucas:

  • Cabo Bar Crawl - The BEST Bar and Clubs in Cabo : $55
  • Wine Tasting Sunset Cruise Tour in San Jose del Cabo: $190


When comparing the travel costs between Veracruz and Cabo San Lucas, we can see that Cabo San Lucas 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 North 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 Veracruz Expensive? and Is Cabo San Lucas Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Veracruz or Cabo San Lucas?

Veracruz has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Cabo San Lucas. When comparing the sizes of Veracruz and Cabo San Lucas, 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.