Playa del Carmen vs Ubud

Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Ubud 🇮🇩
Population 259,453 112,490
Official language(s) Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Moderate Low
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December May - October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2183 $1447
Rent $941 $698
Groceries $129 $159
Dining out $211 $10
Cafe $43 $29
Coworking space $163 $112
Mobile internet $21 $3
Public transportation $17 $57
Taxis $9 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $50 $35
Sport and cultural events $98 $15
Museums and sights $221 $9
Nightlife $79 $125
Gym $43 $76
Yoga $55 $92
Massage $103 $11
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps N/A Grab, GoJek
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 Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 72 listings on Happy Cow 255 listings on Happy Cow