Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen vs Sofia

Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 8,850,000 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, October, November January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $1863 $2138 $1265
Rent $776 $921 $556
Groceries $280 $126 $10
Dining out $182 $207 $223
Cafe $49 $42 $27
Coworking space $159 $160 $137
Mobile internet $25 $21 $10
Public transportation $11 $17 $29
Taxis $9 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $24 $49 $39
Sport and cultural events $81 $96 $18
Museums and sights $20 $216 $12
Nightlife $64 $77 $80
Gym $69 $42 $23
Yoga $65 $54 $61
Massage $50 $101 $29
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not 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 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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow