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Playa del Carmen
Often labeled as one of the best spots in the world for remote workers, Playa del Carmen offers a comfortable Caribbean-style, white sand beach paradise at affordable prices. While parts of the town are quite touristy, it's also easy to get away from the crowds and whatever your interests, you'll find it here. Diverse and cosmopolitan, you can eat at a local taco stall one minute and be at a posh rooftop nightclub the next, with so many cafes, bars, shops, yoga studios, fresh juice stands and beaches to fill up your time. The surrounding area provides a great deal of excursion options, with towns such as Tulum and Valladolid to explore, as well as gorgeous cenotes, islands, coral reefs and Mayan ruins.

Monthly cost of living for remote workers

A remote worker can expect to spend an average of 43462 2185 1849 ${ selected_currency } per month in Playa del Carmen, with an average rent of 18724 941 797 ${ selected_currency }.
Rent
1 bedroom apartment / modern / central / short term
${ selected_currency } 18724 941 797
Groceries
Basic groceries
${ selected_currency } 2568 129 109
Dining out
12 dinners and 8 lunches
${ selected_currency } 4200 211 179
Cafe
20 coffees / teas
${ selected_currency } 860 43 37
Coworking space
1 month membership / hot desk
${ selected_currency } 3244 163 138
Mobile internet
Prepaid SIM / 5 GB data / fast
${ selected_currency } 425 21 18
Public transportation
20 roundtrip journeys
${ selected_currency } 340 17 14
Taxis
5 short trips
${ selected_currency } 175 9 7
Shared bicycles and scooters
10 trips
${ selected_currency } 1000 50 43
Sport and cultural events
1 event
${ selected_currency } 1958 98 83
Museums and sights
3 sights / entrance tickets
${ selected_currency } 4397 221 187
Nightlife
5 nights out / 3 drinks per night
${ selected_currency } 1565 79 67
Gym
1 month membership
${ selected_currency } 850 43 36
Yoga
10 classes
${ selected_currency } 1103 55 47
Massage
1 massage
${ selected_currency } 2053 103 87
TOTAL
${ selected_currency } 43462 2185 1849
Latest tips
Valuable advice straight from the experiences of your fellow remote workers.
Do you have a tip about Playa del Carmen? Please share and help the community!
If you like sushi, Sushi-Ken (located in the middle of Playa) offers 2x1 rolls every Wednesday, and 3x2 every Thursday. The evenings are usually crowded on these days but it's the best deal you'll find and it's great quality.
By Raul H. Food and drink
One of the best mini trips I took out of Playa was to spend a weekend on laid-back Isla Holbox, taking a boat tour to see the bioluminescent water at night and then spending a night at Rio Lagartos where the pink flamingos hang out in their natural habitat and where you can also spend time at the spectacular pink lake and empty white sand beaches.
By trey F. Places to visit
The best beach in Playa del Carmen is usually the one inside Playacar. It's generally wider and less crowded with tourists, with beautiful water. You can simply walk there along the beach. it starts just after the pier where ferries leave for Cozumel.
By Geri P. Places to visit
Every Sunday thereโ€™s a free show/concert at the Teatro de la Ciudad performing arts center. Keep an eye on the program, you can find it on their FB page.
By Liz A. Places to visit
There are free salsa lessons at Senzi (it's a beach bar/restaurant in the center of town). The free lessons are on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9pm.
By Valentina N. Places to visit
Average weather in Playa del Carmen
Most common months to visit: January - May, October - December
What to know
Population
259,453
Main airport
Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Language
Spanish
Tap water
Not drinkable
Tipping
10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps
N/A