Barbados vs Cape Town

Barbados 🇧🇧
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Population 110,000 4,617,560
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Level of English Very high Very high
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Most common months to visit November - May March - May, September - November
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2702 $1549
Rent $1054 $618
Groceries $234 $129
Dining out $345 $269
Cafe $75 $32
Coworking space $321 $151
Mobile internet $49 $27
Public transportation $35 $55
Taxis $106 $21
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $37 $19
Museums and sights $36 $15
Nightlife $96 $43
Gym $86 $36
Yoga $130 $56
Massage $99 $30
SIM card options Digicel MTN, Vodacom
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps None available Uber, Bolt
Tap water 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. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow