Cost of living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 95
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 69
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 15
12 eggs, large Mex$ 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 52
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 34
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 36
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 97
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 26
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 14,561
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 9,007
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 944
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 7,736
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 4,503
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,013
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 391
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 6,415
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,352
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 76
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 42
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 707
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 561
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,216
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 884
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 193,220
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 13
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 377
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Mex$ 295
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 133
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 35
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 445
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 158
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 42
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 71
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 24
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 162
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 362
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 105
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 100
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 835
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 79
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 33
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 28
iPod nano 16GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.47
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 635
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 47
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 115 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2017.

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