Barbados vs Buenos Aires vs Lisbon vs Playa del Carmen

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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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 110,000 2,900,000 517,000 259,453
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Portuguese Spanish
Level of English Very high High Very high Moderate
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit November - May September - December March - May, September, October January - May, October - December
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
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
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2707 $1698 $2246 $2185
Rent $1056 $1085 $1093 $941
Groceries $234 $125 $154 $129
Dining out $346 $156 $307 $211
Cafe $75 $32 $41 $43
Coworking space $322 $122 $185 $163
Mobile internet $50 $15 $27 $21
Public transportation $35 $11 $71 $17
Taxis $106 $12 $31 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $18 $20 $50
Sport and cultural events $37 $31 $33 $98
Museums and sights $36 $5 $27 $221
Nightlife $96 $30 $53 $79
Gym $86 $19 $73 $43
Yoga $130 $24 $73 $55
Massage $99 $13 $57 $103
SIM card options Digicel Movistar, Claro, Personal Vodafone 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 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps None available Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Uber, FreeNow N/A
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 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 Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana 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 Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow