Playa del Carmen vs Porto vs Prague vs Rio de Janeiro

Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
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Population 259,453 237,559 1,305,737 6,718,903
Official language(s) Spanish Portuguese Czech Portuguese
Level of English Moderate Very High High Low
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) Galeão International Airport
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December May - September June - October January - March, December
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (€) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2188 $2001 $1976 $1858
Rent $943 $816 $854 $1080
Groceries $129 $169 $173 $96
Dining out $211 $318 $263 $213
Cafe $43 $51 $58 $25
Coworking space $163 $109 $192 $132
Mobile internet $21 $24 $27 $7
Public transportation $17 $108 $66 $34
Taxis $9 $29 $36 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $50 $12 $21 $17
Sport and cultural events $99 $51 $21 $56
Museums and sights $221 $27 $38 $26
Nightlife $79 $75 $54 $55
Gym $43 $64 $62 $31
Yoga $56 $94 $72 $40
Massage $103 $55 $40 $32
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 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 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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! Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities 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. Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local 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 The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
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