Austin vs Cape Town vs Lviv vs Panama City vs Playa del Carmen

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 926,426 4,617,560 731,387 880,691 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Ukrainian Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Low Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September - November May - September December - April January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1549 $922 $2359 $2143
Rent $1650 $618 $400 $1036 $923
Groceries $243 $129 $91 $236 $127
Dining out $396 $269 $151 $371 $207
Cafe $66 $32 $21 $43 $42
Coworking space $331 $151 $79 $157 $160
Mobile internet $40 $27 $4 $21 $21
Public transportation $110 $55 $5 $12 $17
Taxis $73 $21 $12 $48 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $49 $16 $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $54 $19 $13 $35 $97
Museums and sights $11 $15 $9 $9 $217
Nightlife $124 $43 $43 $117 $77
Gym $62 $36 $22 $37 $42
Yoga $139 $56 $30 $163 $54
Massage $89 $30 $27 $75 $101
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. MTN, Vodacom Vodafone, Kyivstar Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Bolt Uber, Uklon Uber, Tu Chofer N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes). Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow 9 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow