Medellin vs Playa del Carmen

Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 2,427,000 259,453
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Low Moderate
Main airport Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit January - April, December January - May, October - December
Currency COP - Colombian Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1293 $2143
Rent $732 $923
Groceries $87 $127
Dining out $131 $207
Cafe $18 $42
Coworking space $96 $160
Mobile internet $16 $21
Public transportation $21 $17
Taxis $14 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $8 $97
Museums and sights $9 $217
Nightlife $73 $77
Gym $15 $42
Yoga $54 $54
Massage $20 $101
SIM card options Claro, Tigo Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Tip 10% in restaurants 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps EasyTaxi N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 153 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow