Barbados vs Buenos Aires vs Chiang Mai vs Playa del Carmen

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 110,000 2,900,000 1,166,978 259,453
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Thai Spanish
Level of English Very high High Low Moderate
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit November - May September - December November - April January - May, October - December
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2702 $1321 $974 $2143
Rent $1054 $844 $274 $923
Groceries $234 $98 $169 $127
Dining out $345 $121 $108 $207
Cafe $75 $25 $45 $42
Coworking space $321 $95 $95 $160
Mobile internet $49 $11 $11 $21
Public transportation $35 $9 $60 $17
Taxis $106 $9 $20 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $14 $10 $49
Sport and cultural events $37 $24 $8 $97
Museums and sights $36 $4 $8 $217
Nightlife $96 $23 $62 $77
Gym $86 $14 $41 $42
Yoga $130 $19 $55 $54
Massage $99 $10 $10 $101
SIM card options Digicel Movistar, Claro, Personal AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps None available Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Grab N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options Combines salty, sweet, spicy and sour flavors to create bold and colorful dishes. Meals typically include a mixture of meat and seafood dishes, as well as noodles or soups recipes. Strong emphasis on local spices and vegetables. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow