Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 259,453
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Spanish
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November January - May, October - December
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1324 $1924 $2207
Rent $711 $801 $951
Groceries $89 $289 $130
Dining out $163 $188 $213
Cafe $36 $51 $44
Coworking space $99 $164 $165
Mobile internet $6 $25 $22
Public transportation $12 $11 $17
Taxis $12 $9 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $51
Sport and cultural events $22 $84 $99
Museums and sights $30 $20 $223
Nightlife $44 $66 $79
Gym $19 $71 $43
Yoga $46 $67 $56
Massage $30 $52 $104
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber 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 Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese 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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas 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 Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow