Mexico City vs Panama City

Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 8,850,000 880,691
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Moderate Low
Main airport Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, October, November December - April
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1832 $2360
Rent $763 $1037
Groceries $276 $236
Dining out $179 $372
Cafe $48 $43
Coworking space $156 $157
Mobile internet $24 $21
Public transportation $11 $12
Taxis $8 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $23 $0
Sport and cultural events $80 $35
Museums and sights $19 $9
Nightlife $63 $117
Gym $68 $37
Yoga $64 $163
Massage $50 $75
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese 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.
Local food specialities Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow