Cape Town vs Panama City

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 4,617,560 880,691
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November December - April
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1674 $2364
Rent $668 $1038
Groceries $139 $236
Dining out $291 $372
Cafe $35 $43
Coworking space $163 $157
Mobile internet $29 $21
Public transportation $60 $12
Taxis $22 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $53 $0
Sport and cultural events $21 $35
Museums and sights $16 $9
Nightlife $47 $117
Gym $38 $37
Yoga $60 $163
Massage $33 $75
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Claro, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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 sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. 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 Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow