Panama City vs Playa del Carmen

Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 880,691 259,453
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Low Moderate
Main airport Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit December - April January - May, October - December
Currency PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2363 $2201
Rent $1038 $948
Groceries $236 $130
Dining out $372 $213
Cafe $43 $44
Coworking space $157 $164
Mobile internet $21 $22
Public transportation $12 $17
Taxis $48 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $51
Sport and cultural events $35 $99
Museums and sights $9 $223
Nightlife $117 $79
Gym $37 $43
Yoga $163 $56
Massage $75 $104
SIM card options Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Tu Chofer N/A
Tap water 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
Local food specialities Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
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
Vegetarian / vegan options 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow