Cape Town vs Playa del Carmen

Cape Town 🇿🇦
Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Population 4,617,560 259,453
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish
Level of English Very high Moderate
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - May, October - December
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1549 $2143
Rent $618 $923
Groceries $129 $127
Dining out $269 $207
Cafe $32 $42
Coworking space $151 $160
Mobile internet $27 $21
Public transportation $55 $17
Taxis $21 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $49
Sport and cultural events $19 $97
Museums and sights $15 $217
Nightlife $43 $77
Gym $36 $42
Yoga $56 $54
Massage $30 $101
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow