Barbados vs Rio de Janeiro

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 110,000 6,718,903
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit November - May January - March, December
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2702 $1833
Rent $1054 $1066
Groceries $234 $95
Dining out $345 $210
Cafe $75 $25
Coworking space $321 $130
Mobile internet $49 $7
Public transportation $35 $33
Taxis $106 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $16
Sport and cultural events $37 $55
Museums and sights $36 $26
Nightlife $96 $54
Gym $86 $31
Yoga $130 $40
Massage $99 $32
SIM card options Digicel Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps None available Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops 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.
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow