Berlin vs Lisbon vs Panama City vs Playa del Carmen

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 3,400,000 517,000 880,691 259,453
Official language(s) German Portuguese Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Low Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September, October December - April January - May, October - December
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1984 $2359 $2143
Rent $939 $965 $1036 $923
Groceries $188 $136 $236 $127
Dining out $271 $271 $371 $207
Cafe $57 $37 $43 $42
Coworking space $174 $164 $157 $160
Mobile internet $23 $24 $21 $21
Public transportation $88 $63 $12 $17
Taxis $58 $27 $48 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $18 $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $64 $29 $35 $97
Museums and sights $37 $24 $9 $217
Nightlife $63 $47 $117 $77
Gym $66 $65 $37 $42
Yoga $99 $65 $163 $54
Massage $56 $50 $75 $101
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow Uber, Tu Chofer N/A
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread 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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow