Often mistaken by Google for Panama City, Florida in my online searches, Panama City is the largest city and capital of the Central American country of Panama. It is an important international financial and commercial hub, and home to one of the largest Carnival celebrations outside of Brazil. Has similar vibe and layout to American cities.
DATING IN PANAMA CITY
Exoticness won’t factor in much while dating in Panama City; Panamanian girls don’t seem to really care if you’re from somewhere else. Spanish is also a must. Not much patience for (or knowledge of) English. Many clubs aren’t set up well for mingling, i.e. lots of tables not lots of floor space. Considerably hard to close if you don’t exhibit social capital of some kind. I suggest that if you have the money, go with a group of people, a few of whom speak Spanish, rent an apartment or hotel rooms near Calle Uruguay, dress nicely, and have a good back story about being in Panama.
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WOMEN IN PANAMA CITY
Many of the hot girls from Panama look like rich Mexican girls from Mexico City or Guadalajara. There are some hot black girls here as well (I was here during Carnival, and boy did they ever show up!) but you generally won’t find too many of them partying around Calle Argentina or Uruguay. I’d say Panama City has the best girls that Central America has to offer: A lot of immigration and mixing has created quite a cool-looking bunch of women. A ton of Colombian and Venezuelan immigrants as well. Nothing as nice as Brazil or Colombia in terms of quality, but women in Panama City are still worth looking at.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN PANAMA CITY
$600.00 can be done in a safe neighbourhood like Rio Abajo (predominantly West Indian community), but if you want to rent anywhere close to the seawall or Calle Argentina, you’re looking at $700 at the least.
NIGHTLIFE IN PANAMA CITY
Most clubs are on or around Calle Uruguay. There are some classy spots around Casco Viejo and Calle Argentina as well. The nightlife on Calle Uruguay is a phenomenal mix of locals and internationals. What it isn’t, however, is cheap or inclusive, so dress accordingly. You’re looking at a $10 cover to get into most bars, but once you’re in, it’s a good time. Nightlife in Panama is a good time — don’t miss out.
I recommend: Moods. Because they play music that isn’t all top 40, and it’s a bit less bourgeois than Prive. Girls are hotter at Prive and other places, but I don’t own clothes that nice.
IS PANAMA CITY SAFE?
Panama is one of the safer Central American cities. But, there are a few slums that have a reputation for gang violence. El Chorrillo is reportedly one of these slums and borders Casco Viejo, a popular tourist destination. I walked through El Chorrillo many times with no issues.
COST OF LIVING IN PANAMA CITY
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $1708 USD/month to live in Panama City, Panama
Banking. I’m sure many major America banks are up to no good here in Panama City, so if you work for one, you could aim for a transfer. I knew a guy who worked as a private English teacher here, and there is a market considering the business environment and amount of tourism, but you’d have to work for yourself. Panamanians look after their own first when it comes to work, so getting a work visa will be tough.
A good time. Panama City has decent food, relatively cheap living costs and pretty girls. Try to come during Carnival in March if you can. All the rich people flee for Las Tablas because they think that the Panama City Carnival is too dangerous. That gets all of the prudes out of your way so you can really enjoy yourself. The lineup to get into the fairgrounds can be about 1 km long, but don’t let that intimidate you; It moves fast. Panama City would be worth an extended stay if you can find affordable housing that satisfies logistic desires.
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
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