Playa del Carmen vs Sofia

Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate High
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2183 $1503
Rent $941 $661
Groceries $129 $12
Dining out $211 $265
Cafe $43 $32
Coworking space $163 $163
Mobile internet $21 $12
Public transportation $17 $35
Taxis $9 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $50 $47
Sport and cultural events $98 $21
Museums and sights $221 $14
Nightlife $79 $95
Gym $43 $27
Yoga $55 $72
Massage $103 $34
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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 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 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 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow