In case you haven’t read my post on the couple travelers who spark joy, then I’m excited to tell you that on this week’s $10 series, one of the couples would cover a coastal resort town in Mexico.
Yes, Mayuri from To Some Place New is here to share how you could spend your $10 in Playa del Carmen!
After we covered Mazatlan recently, I’m so excited to see so many alternatives you could do in Mexico on budget. So, here we go! 😀
Spend Your Time and Money Wisely in One of the Cheapest Holiday Destinations in North America
Mexico is one of the popular and cheapest holiday destinations from the USA and Canada. Most flight tickets are packaged with all-inclusive food and drink restaurants.
The official currency of Mexico is Mexican Peso. So, what can you get for $10 USD in Mexico? In January 2019, currency exchange for $10 USD is around 191.64 Mexican pesos.
If you are traveling to Mexico, to eat and have a great time, well, you can definitely eat like a king in Mexico.
Here are some common dishes and food to consume in Mexico:
- Quesadilla at a local stall for 15 pesos (around $1.20 USD)
- Tacos meal for 45 pesos (around $2.40 USD)
- Margarita for 25 pesos (around $1.50 USD)
- Chorro for 13 pesos (around 75 cents USD)
Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen
For our trip to Mexico, we stayed in Playa del Carmen – a beautiful resort town. Our resort Gran Porto Real was located very close to 5th Avenue. 5th Avenue is a safe place for tourists to hang out, enjoy a meal, or dance the night away.
At 5th Avenue, we could get some cheap tacos and a frozen margarita for $10 USD. We were allowed to use as much as toppings or fillings as we wanted!
You will also find many souvenir stores on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Most souvenirs or knick-knacks were for 38 pesos (around $2 USD). Items included magnets, keychains, small coin purse (around $5 USD), bracelet with your name on it ($10 USD), sand-filled tiny bottle ($1 USD – yeah I bought one home, OOPS!)
Other Things to Do in Playa del Carmen
You can book tours to Chichen Itza or any other ruins of your choice from Playa del Carmen.
Although tours or car parking, or entry fees were more than $10 USD, I bought a Mexican blanket at Chichen Itza complex for 155 pesos (around $8.35 USD). It is now adorning my living room.
Most of the national museums in Mexico has an entry fee of $5 to $10 USD. National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, is one such a great place to visit. Entry fee $5 USD for an adult.
For $10 USD, you can actually cover transportation in Mexico City for a week. You pay around $1 USD each way if you are traveling far and wide for exploring or for work in and around Mexico City.
Contributor: Mayuri from To Some Place New
Mayuri comes from the Northeastern side of India, while her husband Salil is from the western part. Together, they currently reside in Canada and decided to document their travel journeys on the blog through ToSomePlaceNew in late 2015. Salil is the master creator behind the lens, while Mayuri takes care of all the pre and post editing, writing blog posts, Instagram posts, and all other contents on the site.