Cost of living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Playa del Carmen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 45,189
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 24,255
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List of prices in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 203
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 109
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 58
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 19
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 71
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 39
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 40
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 200
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 31
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 23
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 22,774
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 11,329
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,423
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 13,122
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 7,093
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 831
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 390
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 7,216
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,521
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 91
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 74
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 825
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 570
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,235
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 711
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 235,747
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 17
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 377
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Mex$ 198
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 64
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 144
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 506
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 133
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 68
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 25
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 182
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 354
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 127
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 800
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 1,015
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 121
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 42
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 38
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 9,301
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 3.57
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 688
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 51
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 202 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2020

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