Istanbul vs Larnaca vs Playa del Carmen

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 15,520,000 144,900 259,453
Official language(s) Turkish Greek Spanish
Level of English Low High Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October - December January - May, October - December
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $803 $2120 $2039
Rent $432 $734 $878
Groceries $54 $169 $120
Dining out $99 $282 $197
Cafe $22 $61 $40
Coworking space $60 $226 $152
Mobile internet $4 $38 $20
Public transportation $8 $68 $16
Taxis $7 $45 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $3 $49 $47
Sport and cultural events $13 $30 $92
Museums and sights $18 $9 $206
Nightlife $26 $119 $73
Gym $11 $116 $40
Yoga $28 $114 $52
Massage $18 $59 $96
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps BiTaksi nTaxi N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 72 listings on Happy Cow