In need for a change? The city overwhelms you more and more? If you want to spend your next life phase in a nice, warm and calm place, you might have considered these two. First, there is Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with a paradise-like environment. Second, there is Miami, with a sunny weather and popular beaches. But, which is cheaper? What is more, which city will give you more for less? We ran this Playa del Carmen vs. Miami cost of living comparison to see, and these are the results.
Food costs in Playa del Carmen vs. Miami
In addition to our calculations, we asked Mexpats if they find anything more expensive than in the US. and they said peanut butter (a typically American product). We took the brand JIF at Walmart stores to make the comparison:
Thus, the expats are right! Peanut butter is more expensive. Nevertheless, it is very easy to overcome that! As you are saving a 47% in all your food, you can expend an extra buck on PB. Moreover, whenever you go visit the US, you can bring home a couple bottles of your favorite brand.
Housing costs in Playa del Carmen vs. Miami
If you are looking for purchase prices, you can check with our advisors. You will easily see how the costs are much more affordable than any similar condo in the United States.
In addition to our calculations, we asked around expats and they said electricity was something to watch. For that reason, we recommend buying a good inverter air conditioning system. The better the A/C, the less you will spend on your monthly bill.
Buying clothes in Playa del Carmen vs. Miami
Transportation costs in Playa del Carmen vs. Miami
Healthcare costs in Playa del Carmen vs. Miami
Entertainment costs in Playa del Carmen vs. Miami
Conclusion: a 61% difference
For all it matters, this was a sweeping victory to Playa del Carmen. In our Playa del Carmen vs. Miami comparison, the Riviera Maya city is much cheaper than its counterpart in Florida. The only exceptions? Gas, peanut butter and potatoes, and even then it is a manageable difference.
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