Is San Juan del Sur Expensive?

Is San Juan del Sur expensive to visit?

San Juan del Sur is a frequently visited and budget-friendly place to visit. With a daily average travel cost of $53, it's somewhat less expensive than most other destinations in the world. When compared to the rest of Central America, it is a reasonably affordable destination. It ranks in the top 25% of cities in Central America for its affordability. Its travel costs are comparable with places such as Guatemala City and Boquete.



San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

How expensive is San Juan del Sur?

The average cost of traveling to San Juan del Sur can vary widely based on many factors, but our calculations based on previous travlers show that the average daily cost is $53 (U.S. Dollars). Your travel style, accommodation preferences, dining choices, and trip duration can alter your individual budget, as you can find a wide array of accommodation, food, and entertainment options available for your visit. Sticking to mid-range hotels, affordable restaurants, and public transit when available can keep your costs close to this calculated average. See more travel costs for San Juan del Sur here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to San Juan del Sur?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a weekend trip to San Juan del Sur will cost around $159 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a weekend trip would cost $318.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to San Juan del Sur?

On average, a one week trip to San Juan del Sur costs about $371 per person. This is based on the previous expenses of actual travelers, and includes accommodation, food, activities, local transportation, and more. For two people, a one week trip costs $741.

Is it expensive to backpack in San Juan del Sur?

San Juan del Sur is a popular backpacker destination with more than 20 hostels. Dorm beds in hostels cost, on average, $14 per night. (See hostel prices in San Juan del Sur here.) You'll find quite a range in prices here, too. The most expensive beds are priced around $26 and the cheapest around $7 per night.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in San Juan del Sur.

  • $15 for a dorm bed at Hola Ola Hostel
  • $14 for a dorm bed at Surf Town Hostel
  • $15 for a dorm bed at The Space

Are hotels expensive in San Juan del Sur?

Considering our analysis of hotel prices in San Juan del Sur, it becomes apparent that they are very expensive in comparison to hotels in other cities. On average, you can expect to spend around $102 per night for a hotel room. The city is home to approximately [5_STAR_COUNT] five-star hotels, presenting an average rate of [5_STAR_PRICE] per night. For a balanced choice catering to both comfort and cost-effectiveness, three-star hotels provide an average rate of $147 per night, while two-star hotels offer an even more budget-friendly alternative at $64 per night.


Hotels by star rating in San Juan del Sur
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
3 stars 10 $147
2 stars 4 $64
1 star 5 $29

Bahia Nacascolo, San Juan del Sur
Overall Rating 8.9
Carretera, San Juan del Sur
Overall Rating 8.7

How expensive are sightseeing activities in San Juan del Sur?

Activities and things to do in San Juan del Sur can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $15 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is more than the country's average of $12.

    • ATV Adventure Tour in San Juan del Sur, NICARAGUA: $130
    • Horseback Riding Tour in Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur also in Costa Rica: $90
    • San Juan del Sur Shore Excursion: Private Masaya Volcano and Catarina Tour: $118
    • SJDS PORT EXCURSION: Zipline and Adventure Park: $103
    • Mombacho Volcano Hike and Ziplining Adventure from San Juan del Sur: $159

    Is food expensive in San Juan del Sur?

    Food in San Juan del Sur can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $18 on food per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $15. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    Is transportation expensive in San Juan del Sur?

    The prices of local transportation in San Juan del Sur can vary by the type of transit used. Other travelers have spent an average of $18 on local transportation per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $10. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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    We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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