Cape Town vs Larnaca vs Playa del Carmen

Cape Town 🇿🇦
Larnaca 🇨🇾
Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Population 4,617,560 144,900 259,453
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Greek Spanish
Level of English Very high High Moderate
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, October - December January - May, October - December
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (€) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1781 $2218 $2185
Rent $710 $768 $941
Groceries $148 $177 $129
Dining out $310 $295 $211
Cafe $37 $64 $43
Coworking space $173 $236 $163
Mobile internet $31 $40 $21
Public transportation $63 $71 $17
Taxis $24 $47 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $56 $51 $50
Sport and cultural events $22 $32 $98
Museums and sights $17 $9 $221
Nightlife $50 $124 $79
Gym $41 $122 $43
Yoga $64 $119 $55
Massage $35 $61 $103
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt nTaxi N/A
Tap water Not drinkable 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. 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 Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka 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 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 24 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 72 listings on Happy Cow