Barbados vs Buenos Aires vs Lisbon vs Panama City

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Population 110,000 2,900,000 517,000 880,691
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Portuguese Spanish
Level of English Very high High Very high Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit November - May September - December March - May, September, October December - April
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2707 $1698 $2246 $2363
Rent $1056 $1085 $1093 $1038
Groceries $234 $125 $154 $236
Dining out $346 $156 $307 $372
Cafe $75 $32 $41 $43
Coworking space $322 $122 $185 $157
Mobile internet $50 $15 $27 $21
Public transportation $35 $11 $71 $12
Taxis $106 $12 $31 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $18 $20 $0
Sport and cultural events $37 $31 $33 $35
Museums and sights $36 $5 $27 $9
Nightlife $96 $30 $53 $117
Gym $86 $19 $73 $37
Yoga $130 $24 $73 $163
Massage $99 $13 $57 $75
SIM card options Digicel Movistar, Claro, Personal Vodafone Claro, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps None available Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Uber, FreeNow Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries 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 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 Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
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 Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow