Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen vs Porto vs Prague

Mexico City 🇲🇽
Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Porto 🇵🇹
Prague 🇨🇿
Population 8,850,000 259,453 237,559 1,305,737
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Portuguese Czech
Level of English Moderate Moderate Very High High
Main airport Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit March - May, October, November January - May, October - December May - September June - October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (€) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč)
Credit cards Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1907 $2188 $2001 $1976
Rent $794 $943 $816 $854
Groceries $287 $129 $169 $173
Dining out $186 $211 $318 $263
Cafe $50 $43 $51 $58
Coworking space $163 $163 $109 $192
Mobile internet $25 $21 $24 $27
Public transportation $11 $17 $108 $66
Taxis $9 $9 $29 $36
Shared bicycles and scooters $24 $50 $12 $21
Sport and cultural events $83 $99 $51 $21
Museums and sights $20 $221 $27 $38
Nightlife $65 $79 $75 $54
Gym $70 $43 $64 $62
Yoga $67 $56 $94 $72
Massage $52 $103 $55 $40
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10-15% for restaurants 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese 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. Thick soups are often combined with stewed vegetables and baked meats to produce rich dishes. Gravies and creams are popular in Czech cuisine, as is beer!
Local food specialities Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas 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 Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky.
Eat like a local Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés
Vegetarian / vegan options 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow