I haven't done one of these in awhile but when Rob asked me to give a very rough monthly budget for a couple who are thinking of buying a condo in Playa del Carmen, I figured it was overdue. Lots of things drag up the cost of living in Playa del Carmen.

Real Estate is expensive.
Rent, depending on the area, can be expensive.
Electricity is expensive!

What is NOT expensive here is food. As a matter of fact, the better you eat...the more fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains in your daily diet...the less expensive it is. Packaged, processed, convenience foods tend to run a little higher but all the good fresh stuff that is good for you is dirt cheap.

I shop for produce on Wednesdays because that is the day it goes on sale. Today, I shopped at Soriana in the Centro Maya and this is what I came home with:

Cost of living in Playa del Carmen1 head of garlic
1 kilo of beets
.5 kilos of broccoli
1.25 Kilos of white onions
.25 kilos of red onions
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bag of spinach
1 kilo of limes
1.5 kilos of red delicious apples
2.5 kilos of valencia oranges
3 kilos of cucumbers
1.5 kilos of bananas
1.25 kilos of roma tomatoes
2.5 kilos of carrots


My total bill...... $201.50 pesos.

At today's exchange, that's $15.56 usd.

This is a very good thing.