Dating in Panama City, Panama was quite enjoyable during my stay in the city. It was my first trip out of the States and I fully embraced the Latina lovin’ in PTY. While making sweet love to Latinas wasn’t the only reason I wanted to travel – it was definitely one of them.
What I Came For
Location: Panama City, Panama: I had been in Panama for a few weeks and was having a great time, but I wasn’t feeling quite like the playboy I thought I was. I had smashed a sexy Colombian girl already, but a few other girls I hit in PTY were nothing special – sixes at best. I was looking for something of a bit higher quality. Dating in Panama City was suppose to be better quality than back home…
There was one girl from OkCupid I had pipelined before I arrived, and we finally found a time to meet. It was 8:30 and I had just finished Skyping with my parents. I threw on a button down and walked toward Calle Uruguay, one of the bar districts in PTY. I was late and she wasn’t happy about it. We finally met in a dark street and she greeted me with an angry look. Luckily, she spoke near fluent English. Venting wasn’t an issue for her. She told me she would have been gone in five minutes. I laughed as we walked into the bar.
As we sat at a table, I looked her over to get a glimpse of her in the light and was stunned. She was a beautiful girl. Her photos online didn’t do her justice and I didn’t get a great view of her in the dark street. I was staring for a moment too long and she gave me a look. Again, I just laughed at her. In my mind, I was thinking this is what I came for. She had light Latina skin and a stunning smile. She was thin and a curvy in all the right places.
We began to flirt and she was into me, but a bit reserved. I teased her ruthlessly about how much she undersold her English abilities. She said she was just testing me to see if I was trying to learn Spanish. After a few drinks, we moved from the bar to a rooftop lounge down the street. We grabbed a secluded couch and I began to let my hands flow freely. I wanted to excite her without going for the kiss.
We had another drink, but I could tell sex was probably not on the table tonight. I still pushed. An invite for “one glass of wine at my place” followed our last drink at the lounge, she accepted. Back at the crib, she downed her wine quickly and I threw on some music. I went for the kiss and received no resistance. I went to put my hand up her skirt – swift resistance. Sad face. This dance happened for about thirty minutes. She thwarted my best efforts. All I could get was a quick finger bang out of her. She said she needed to go and I let her. Nothing else was happening that night.
I figured she was a lost cause as something about the vibe just wasn’t on. Then she texted me the next morning saying something about me being “a bad boy” and what not. I told her I was “the nicest guy I knew” and she said we must see each other again. Sounds good to me. As the weekend rolled around, she invited me to Club Bling at the Hard Rock Hotel. I didn’t think twice about it and said yes. I hadn’t been to the best club in all of Panama City yet, which Bling was said to be, so it was a no-brainer.
The night of our date, I pre-gamed with a few friends until around midnight and then met her. She was already at the club. As I arrived at the club – my mouth dropped to the floor as I walked towards her. Dressed to the nines, I wanted to ravish her right then and there, but she was with a couple of her friends. While normally alarming, there would be no cock-blocking from these two man-less friends.
We danced, drank and took a fuck ton of photos. Then magically – her friends just upped and left. It was if she told them to stay until a certain time and then to just disappear. I was baffled at my good fortune. With her friends gone, we took a shot and then she asked if I had any more wine at my place. Always.
She drove back to my place wasted, but we made it back safely. Inside no wine was poured. She jumped me as I locked the door. The sex was good and her body was tight. We fucked like animals and I couldn’t get enough of her sexy, little body. I was thrilled with the new notch. She was exactly the type of girl I wanted to meet while traveling.
However, she had to almost ruin it. After our second round of sex, she turned over to me and glowingly said, “I didn’t expect this to happen.” I was baffled. You told your friends to leave the club. You didn’t even let me grab a drink of water before you wanted to start hooking up. That was pre-mediated and executed flawlessly. Of course I didn’t say that, but that’s what I was thinking. She had been watching a little too many American shows on Netflix. While the silly line bothered me a bit, it wasn’t too big of deal. This girl was beautiful and the sex was great.
Positives of Panama City
Minimal Spanish Needed: With just a few basic Spanish phrases you will be able to get by. Most people speak English if you ask them to, especially young women. Often, women who don’t speak English will still put up with your broken Spanish and sleep with you.
Good Place to Collect Flags: Panama City is a fairly international city. Many multinationals base their Central American offices, if not Latin American headquarters in Panama City – so there are expats everywhere. The economy in Panama is much stronger than neighboring Venezuela and Colombia. Many girls from both countries come to Panama City for work, not just as prostitutes.
Safe: In the city center, Panama City is quite safe. I’ve stumbled around drunk and alone numerous times and never had an issue. The outskirts are a bit rougher, but the center is safe. However, Casco Viejo (not in the city center) is not totally safe. Be careful if you veer away from the safer tourist areas of Casco – as the ghetto borders the outskirts of the old city and is crime ridden.
Sexual Vibe: The staggering number of Colombian hookers in the city means all women know they have to give it up and quickly. Last minute resistance is minimal in Panama City because a girl knows you could have someone just as hot, if not hotter than her up in your room for $100 in less than an hour. Even if you explicitly state you are not into that life, it remains in the back of their minds and works in your favor.
Gringo Love: And yes, the women love gringos and Americans. Blonde hair is beneficial. You’ll have a decent amount of exotic value in Panama. Women here see gringos often, but this is due to Panama City being a business hub in Latin America. Panamanian girls rarely see a well dressed, backpacking playboy from a Western Nation.
Negatives of Panama City
The Colombian Hookers: When you arrive in Panama City most tend to think the average girl is hotter than she is due to all the Colombian hookers. They inflate the average up and are often some of the hottest women you will see in Panama City on any given day.
Price: Panama City is quite expensive, especially rent. Expect to pay anywhere from $700 – 1,100 for a small studio/one bedroom in the city center. The number of foreigners has driven rent prices up considerably. Food is not much cheaper either when compared to the United States.
Food: The food is not cheap nor is it that good. I struggled to find restaurants I liked during my time in the city. I ended up cooking a lot of my meals or eating at American restaurants like Smash Burger. American chains are located all over Panama City. The plus side is some street food vendors were absolutely delicious.
Where to Stay
There are four main neighborhoods in the city center: Marbella, Bella Vista, El Cangrejo, and San Francisco. Casco Viejo is outside the city center, but a tourist area and offers numerous lodging options as well. You’ll want to stay in one of these five neighborhoods while you’re in Panama City.
If your budget allows for it, try and stay in the Marbella neighborhood. It is the nicest neighborhood in the center and close to Calle Uruguay and Cinta Costera. To find apartments in Marbella, look online at: Airbnb, Craigslist, and Encuentra24. There are also a few hostels in Marbella.
San Francisco is the cheapest neighborhood in the center and has more of a local vibe, but it’s still an upper-class area and has a few expats. El Cangrejo is a working class neighborhood where numerous teachers, expats, and hookers live in harmony. I say working class, but the neighborhood is quite wealthy for Panamanian standards.
I preferred the center, but Casco Viejo is a great option as well. There are numerous bars and clubs within walking distance while in the neighborhood. Casco Viejo is the best bet for backpackers and nightlife junkies, but the center of the city is better for all else. You’ll get a better feel for the city staying near the center. The closer to Marbella and Calle Uruguay – the better your location.
Overall, I found dating in Panama City a great time. The women were friendly, sexy, and always up to party. If you enjoyed this post, then be sure to check out my book, A Bachelor’s Guide to Central America. You can learn more here.