Larnaca vs Playa del Carmen vs Porto

Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 144,900 259,453 237,559
Official language(s) Greek Spanish Portuguese
Level of English High Moderate Very High
Main airport Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO)
Most common months to visit March - May, October - December January - May, October - December May - September
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2218 $2185 $1991
Rent $768 $941 $812
Groceries $177 $129 $168
Dining out $295 $211 $317
Cafe $64 $43 $51
Coworking space $236 $163 $109
Mobile internet $40 $21 $24
Public transportation $71 $17 $108
Taxis $47 $9 $28
Shared bicycles and scooters $51 $50 $12
Sport and cultural events $32 $98 $51
Museums and sights $9 $221 $27
Nightlife $124 $79 $74
Gym $122 $43 $64
Yoga $119 $55 $93
Massage $61 $103 $54
SIM card options Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS
Tipping 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10-15% for restaurants 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars
Taxi apps nTaxi N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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 A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts.
Local food specialities Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa
Eat like a local 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 Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow