Cost of living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Playa del Carmen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 45,354
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 22,683
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Playa del Carmen
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 208
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 133
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 63
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 27
12 eggs, large Mex$ 40
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 84
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 43
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 32
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 29
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 225
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 33
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 26
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 22,026
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 7,968
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,123
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 12,555
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 5,759
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 752
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 357
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 7,807
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,913
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 103
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 99
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 739
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 492
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,438
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 922
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 309,375
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 23
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 492
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Mex$ 189
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 71
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 151
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 461
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 92
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 44
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 74
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 28
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 31
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 252
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 324
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 130
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 431
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 655
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 152
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 62
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 49
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 8,558
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.88
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 776
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 64
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 145 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2023

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