Barbados vs Buenos Aires vs Rio de Janeiro

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 110,000 2,900,000 6,718,903
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Portuguese
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit November - May September - December January - March, December
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2711 $1737 $1858
Rent $1058 $1110 $1080
Groceries $235 $128 $96
Dining out $346 $160 $213
Cafe $75 $33 $25
Coworking space $322 $124 $132
Mobile internet $50 $15 $7
Public transportation $35 $11 $34
Taxis $107 $12 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $18 $17
Sport and cultural events $37 $32 $56
Museums and sights $36 $5 $26
Nightlife $96 $31 $55
Gym $86 $19 $31
Yoga $130 $25 $40
Massage $99 $13 $32
SIM card options Digicel Movistar, Claro, Personal Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps None available Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water 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 Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
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 Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
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 The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow