Larnaca vs Panama City vs Rio de Janeiro vs Valencia

Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 144,900 880,691 6,718,903 834,000
Official language(s) Greek Spanish Portuguese Spanish, Valencian
Level of English High Low Low Moderate
Main airport Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Galeรฃo International Airport Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - May, October - December December - April January - March, December March - June, September, October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2120 $2365 $1721 $2138
Rent $734 $1039 $1001 $941
Groceries $169 $236 $89 $158
Dining out $282 $372 $197 $316
Cafe $61 $43 $23 $45
Coworking space $226 $157 $122 $165
Mobile internet $38 $21 $7 $17
Public transportation $68 $12 $31 $41
Taxis $45 $48 $13 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $0 $15 $33
Sport and cultural events $30 $35 $51 $79
Museums and sights $9 $9 $24 $47
Nightlife $119 $117 $51 $71
Gym $116 $37 $29 $37
Yoga $114 $163 $37 $94
Massage $59 $75 $30 $49
SIM card options Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Claro, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps nTaxi Uber, Tu Chofer Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros. Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks 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. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 7 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow