Barbados vs Panama City vs Playa del Carmen

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 110,000 880,691 259,453
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit November - May December - April January - May, October - December
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2709 $2365 $2207
Rent $1057 $1039 $951
Groceries $234 $236 $130
Dining out $346 $372 $213
Cafe $75 $43 $44
Coworking space $322 $157 $165
Mobile internet $50 $21 $22
Public transportation $35 $12 $17
Taxis $107 $48 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $0 $51
Sport and cultural events $37 $35 $99
Museums and sights $36 $9 $223
Nightlife $96 $117 $79
Gym $86 $37 $43
Yoga $130 $163 $56
Massage $99 $75 $104
SIM card options Digicel Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps None available Uber, Tu Chofer N/A
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. 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. 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 Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja 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 Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow