Austin vs Barbados vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 926,426 110,000 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) English, Bajan Creole Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November November - May December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $2717 $2372
Rent $1650 $1060 $1042
Groceries $243 $235 $237
Dining out $396 $347 $373
Cafe $66 $75 $43
Coworking space $331 $323 $158
Mobile internet $40 $50 $21
Public transportation $110 $35 $12
Taxis $73 $107 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $37 $35
Museums and sights $11 $36 $9
Nightlife $124 $96 $117
Gym $62 $86 $37
Yoga $139 $130 $164
Massage $89 $99 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Digicel Claro, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft None available Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water 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. Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side 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.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow