Austin vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 926,426 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $2364
Rent $1650 $1038
Groceries $243 $236
Dining out $396 $372
Cafe $66 $43
Coworking space $331 $157
Mobile internet $40 $21
Public transportation $110 $12
Taxis $73 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $35
Museums and sights $11 $9
Nightlife $124 $117
Gym $62 $37
Yoga $139 $163
Massage $89 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Claro, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water 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. 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 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 Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow