Got to admit I‘m a bit of a budget geek. Nothing I love more than noseying through what other people have spent in far-flung places around the globe. Well, there are a few things, but I do like to see how long I could live in a place before selling a kidney to get by.
Hopefully this will be useful to all you fellow statos….
Cost of Living in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – One month
These are costs for two people:
Avg per day (2 people) = $85 or £52
Considering Playa Del Carmen is a touristy part of Mexico, we took a couple of trips away and didn’t make a massive effort to keep to a budget, we are extremely pleased with this total. Plus we were there in December, which is peak season, when rent prices can go through the roof.
One month rent –
$615 or £375
We snapped up a bargain apartment after hours of surfing the Internet. Airbnb was the simple answer. This place was on the outskirts of town, basic, comfortable, and only a 10-minute inexpensive bus ride ($0.60 or 40p) from the centre. It was spacious and we liked being away from the touristy areas, but still in reaching distance if we fancied raving (we didn’t). Plus it had a kitchen.
$533 or £325
We saved a lot of money by cooking in our kitchen. Groceries include home cooked food, snacks, products for the house, and water.
Eating out –
$294 or £179
There are some real mouth watering restaurants in Playa, where I would gladly stuff my face frequently, but we controlled ourselves. Although you may not thinks so; we ate out, drank coffee, ordered takeaway etc, a total of 17 times in one month.
Obviously tourists and locals both need to eat, so you can take your pick from high to low budget. We stayed away from 5th Avenue restaurants, as we felt they were overpriced. Even eating just off the main street prices drop dramatically.
$69 or £42
Since landing in this marvellous country we have discovered that the Mexican transportation system is frickin awesome. Travel costs were low here as we only travelled to Playa on an ADO bus, then out to house sit on a Mayab bus, along with very very cheap local buses to get us around Playa.
ADO buses – first class option; they are most expensive but extremely reliable, air-conditioned, have a toilet and you can book online or at the terminals.
Mayab buses – second-class option. They are great and run some alternatives destinations to ADO. They stop more frequently, have no toilets, but are a lot cheaper. Buy tickets in advance at the bus station or as you get on the bus.
Local buses and colectivos – cheap to get around town and other local destinations. They are just a few pesos and you can basically hail them wherever you see them, unless they are full. Destinations are written on the windows.
$590 or £360
A big spend because we decided there is no point simply existing in a place and not doing fun stuff, you’d get pretty bored. We did two big trips away, visited cenotes, hired snorkelling equipment, hired a car, went to the cinema ($2 or £1.20 per person on a Wednesday), paid for petrol, and lots more.
Here’s a break down of major costs:
A trip to the beautiful Isla Mujeres:
Accom 2 nights – $80 or £48
Transport – ADO Bus from Playa to Cancun ppn each way $5 or £3, boat to Isla from Canacun ppn each way $5 or £3.
Golf buggy rental 24 hrs (best way to see the Island) – $41 or £25
We detailed all our costs for Chichen Itza road trip.
$460 or £280
Definitely bought some none essential stuff here and unavoidable costs, like Kellie getting sick. Here’s a few to give you an idea:
Converse trainers (My must have travelling shoes) – $47 or £28
Guitar, Fender acoustic (bought second hand off Tell Them I Said Something) – $90 or £55 absolute bargain!!
Mexican Nano Sim Card for iPhone – $23 or £14
Phone Credit – $15 or £9
Kellie blood test – $60 or £36.50
Kellie Meds – $70 or £42
Iphone cable - $15 or £9
VPN (Witopia – allows us to stream TV online from abroad, great for movies and BBC) – $49 or £30
Laundry per 3 Kg at local laundrette – $2.71 or £1.65
We are not going to do a budget for our current off the grid house sit as it seems a little bit pointless (it mainly involves food).
What I will say is that for the month of January we only spent $820 or £500.
Meaning our spends for two months = $3,381 or £2,061
Avg per day (2 people) = $56.35 or £34.35
Basically house sits save you money on accommodation, meaning longer travel… No brainer really!
Hope this is helpful, if you feel we missed any essential info let us know. Thanks!