Playa del Carmen vs Prague vs Sofia

Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Prague 🇨🇿
Sofia 🇧🇬
Population 259,453 1,305,737 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Czech Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate High High
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December June - October April-June, September-October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2207 $2057 $1503
Rent $951 $888 $661
Groceries $130 $180 $12
Dining out $213 $274 $265
Cafe $44 $61 $32
Coworking space $165 $200 $163
Mobile internet $22 $28 $12
Public transportation $17 $69 $35
Taxis $9 $38 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $51 $21 $47
Sport and cultural events $99 $21 $21
Museums and sights $223 $40 $14
Nightlife $79 $56 $95
Gym $43 $64 $27
Yoga $56 $75 $72
Massage $104 $42 $34
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, T-Mobile A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps N/A Uber, Liftago TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices 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 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 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 112 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow