Istanbul vs Playa del Carmen

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 15,520,000 259,453
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish
Level of English Low Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October January - May, October - December
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $659 $2143
Rent $354 $923
Groceries $44 $127
Dining out $81 $207
Cafe $18 $42
Coworking space $49 $160
Mobile internet $3 $21
Public transportation $6 $17
Taxis $6 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $2 $49
Sport and cultural events $11 $97
Museums and sights $15 $217
Nightlife $22 $77
Gym $9 $42
Yoga $23 $54
Massage $15 $101
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps BiTaksi N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish 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 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 Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow