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Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
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Population 259,453 237,559 1,305,737 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Portuguese Czech Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate Very High High High
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December May - September June - October April-June, September-October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (€) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
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 $1467
Rent $943 $816 $854 $645
Groceries $129 $169 $173 $12
Dining out $211 $318 $263 $258
Cafe $43 $51 $58 $31
Coworking space $163 $109 $192 $159
Mobile internet $21 $24 $27 $12
Public transportation $17 $108 $66 $34
Taxis $9 $29 $36 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $50 $12 $21 $46
Sport and cultural events $99 $51 $21 $21
Museums and sights $221 $27 $38 $13
Nightlife $79 $75 $54 $93
Gym $43 $64 $62 $26
Yoga $56 $94 $72 $70
Massage $103 $55 $40 $33
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile A1, Telenor, Vivacom
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% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago TaxiMe, TaxiStars
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! Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
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. Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
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 Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow