Panama City vs Playa del Carmen vs Ubud

Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 880,691 259,453 112,490
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Moderate Low
Main airport Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit December - April January - May, October - December May - October
Currency PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2359 $2224 $1416
Rent $1036 $958 $683
Groceries $236 $131 $156
Dining out $371 $215 $10
Cafe $43 $44 $29
Coworking space $157 $166 $110
Mobile internet $21 $22 $3
Public transportation $12 $17 $55
Taxis $48 $9 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $51 $35
Sport and cultural events $35 $100 $15
Museums and sights $9 $225 $9
Nightlife $117 $80 $122
Gym $37 $43 $75
Yoga $163 $56 $90
Massage $75 $105 $10
SIM card options Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Uber, Tu Chofer N/A Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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 Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 255 listings on Happy Cow