Austin vs Playa del Carmen

Austin 🇺🇸
Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Population 926,426 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish
Level of English Very high Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $2071
Rent $1650 $892
Groceries $243 $122
Dining out $396 $200
Cafe $66 $41
Coworking space $331 $155
Mobile internet $40 $20
Public transportation $110 $16
Taxis $73 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $48
Sport and cultural events $54 $93
Museums and sights $11 $210
Nightlife $124 $75
Gym $62 $41
Yoga $139 $53
Massage $89 $98
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow