Playa del Carmen vs Prague vs Rio de Janeiro

Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Prague 🇨🇿
Rio de Janeiro 🇧🇷
Population 259,453 1,305,737 6,718,903
Official language(s) Spanish Czech Portuguese
Level of English Moderate High Low
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) Galeão International Airport
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December June - October January - March, December
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2143 $1806 $1833
Rent $923 $780 $1066
Groceries $127 $158 $95
Dining out $207 $240 $210
Cafe $42 $53 $25
Coworking space $160 $175 $130
Mobile internet $21 $24 $7
Public transportation $17 $61 $33
Taxis $9 $33 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $19 $16
Sport and cultural events $97 $19 $55
Museums and sights $217 $35 $26
Nightlife $77 $50 $54
Gym $42 $56 $31
Yoga $54 $66 $40
Massage $101 $37 $32
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, T-Mobile Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps N/A Uber, Liftago Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
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! Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky. Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
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