New York City vs Playa del Carmen

New York City 🇺🇸
Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Population 8,323,340 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish
Level of English Very high Moderate
Main airport John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $5431 $2129
Rent $2891 $917
Groceries $383 $126
Dining out $656 $206
Cafe $72 $42
Coworking space $326 $159
Mobile internet $45 $21
Public transportation $220 $17
Taxis $78 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $30 $49
Sport and cultural events $100 $96
Museums and sights $74 $215
Nightlife $195 $77
Gym $55 $42
Yoga $197 $54
Massage $109 $101
SIM card options AT&T, Verizon Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 309 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow