A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Veracruz vs. Isla Mujeres for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Veracruz or Isla Mujeres?

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 Isla Mujeres can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Veracruz or Isla Mujeres?


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.

Isla Mujeres

About eight miles from the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres is an island in the Mexican Caribbean Sea. The town, of the same name, has a population of about 13,000. Tourism has grown in the area since the 1970s and today it is a significant part of the island's economy. As such, there are plenty of amenities that cater specifically to visitors. The island's proximity to Cuba make it a common transit point for Cubans in route to the United States.

Which place is cheaper, Isla Mujeres 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 Isla Mujeres is $144. 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 Isla Mujeres in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Veracruz $53
    Isla Mujeres $76
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Veracruz $106
    Isla Mujeres $152
Compare Hotels in Veracruz and Isla Mujeres

Looking for a hotel in Veracruz or Isla Mujeres? 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 Isla Mujeres

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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 Isla Mujeres Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Veracruz $28
    Isla Mujeres $34

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Isla Mujeres

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Isla Mujeres:

  • Private Transfer: Playa Mujeres to Cancun Airport CUN in SUV: $131

Is it cheaper to fly into Veracruz or Isla Mujeres?

Prices for flights to both Isla Mujeres 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 Meals for one day
    Veracruz $48
    Isla Mujeres $45

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Veracruz $14
    Isla Mujeres $20

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 Isla Mujeres

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

  • Romantic tour in Isla Mujeres: $126
  • Scuba Diving Adventure WITHOUT CERTIFICATION! Try it today!: $185
  • “ Tour in Isla Mujeres “ Transparent boat ride: $40
  • 3 Hours VIP Semiprivate Tour Isla Mujeres Full Snorkeling Experience : $84
  • Cancun Jungle Kingdom Adventure ATV, Zipline and Cenote : $70
  • Crystal Boat Tour to Isla Mujeres and Reefs: $43
  • Isla Mujeres MUSA Snorkeling Experience: $47
  • Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour: $90
  • Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour Adventure: $48
  • Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour MUSA and Manchones reef: $60
  • Isla Mujeres walking tour for Beach & Sun lovers!: $287
  • Private Transportation plus Admission ticket to Ek Balam: $276

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Veracruz $17
    Isla Mujeres $25

Sample the Local Flavors in Isla Mujeres

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

  • Isla Mujeres Golf Cart Bar Crawl : $150

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Veracruz Expensive? and Is Isla Mujeres Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Veracruz or Isla Mujeres?

Veracruz has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Isla Mujeres. When comparing the sizes of Veracruz and Isla Mujeres, 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.