Gay Panama City – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 2nd, 2018

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Panama City is often nicknamed The Dubai of Latin America because of its immense economic growth in recent years and impressive dense skyline. But unlike Dubai, this mighty Latin American metropolis has a far more welcoming gay life, in a country where although culturally conservative, is pushing towards civil union equality for gay couples.

Most will associate Panama City with the famous canal, which is a reason alone to visit. The city is also the gateway to some gorgeous tropical beaches within Panama, like San Blas and further afield – Bocas del Toro.

We stayed in Panama City for a week and found it to be a lot of fun, full of things to do, plenty of trendy bars, but most importantly, we left with a thirst to return. This is our gay guide to Panama City following our experience here during our big Latin America trip.

Gay Panama City

Panama a very conservative Catholic country, with a strong influence from Opus Dei. As such, the gay scene in the country is pretty underground in quite dodgy neighbourhoods, with places frequently closing down/changing. When we visited, there were no gay bars and only one official gay club (see below) in Panama City.

Warning: when going out to a gay club in Panama City, doormen are very strict and will only admit you if you have your original ID, preferably your passport. Most LGBTQ locals we met preferred to have private parties, or attend one of the the monthly gay rooftop parties hosted at venues like the Hard Rock Hotel.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Gay Panama City Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Canal Inn, Panama City, Panama

Author: , July 14th, 2014

Canal Inn - Panama City

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Wonderful B&B, Very Friendly, Very Quiet: Canal Inn, our peaceful bed and breakfast guesthouse welcomes everyone. This beautiful inn is centrally located and has a lot of privacy and connected to both roads: to the north (Gamboa – Colon) and to the west (Azuero – Chiriqui – Costa Rica). It has very comfortable rooms.

See the Canal Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Panama

Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Hot Spot

Author: , October 28th, 2013
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You don’t need much time to process what’s going on after the elevator door slides open onto the rooftop at the Tantalo Hotel in Panama City’s Casco Viejo neighborhood. If you’re heading out during the day, the mind-baffling proximity of Panama City’s expansive, modern skyline across the bay from the hotel, which is itself surrounded by anachronistic, red-tiled roofs will trigger your camera finger instinctively. It almost looks like a real-time Photoshop job with Casco Viejo’s colonial homes and churches flaunting themselves before the dazzling array of 21st-century skyscrapers.

The Tantalo’s Rooftop is one of the best spots to capture on film the depth of the city’s old-world/new-world character, and maybe catch a few rays while doing so. After dark this is one of the city’s most lively rooftop lounge/bar/clubs. Which is where I found myself one night, next to a very sexy, gay Honduran medical student. I had been relaxing in my room a few floors below without much of a plan and decided to go on a far-flung adventure…to the roof. As soon as I walked into the club, Ismael Ortiz, The Tantalo Hotel’s nightlife coordinator spotted me and made sure I didn’t have to wait for a drink, a perk guests at the hotel will enjoy at the packed bar. Moments later, I was talking with the Honduran and his sassy group of Panamanian friends, no doubt intrigued by my finesse at quickly acquiring a beer. “Look at the view. Listen [to] the music, the crowd is so, what you say, cosmopolitan and fun,” one of them tells me, “This is where we take our friends when they come to Panama City.”

The Tantalo Rooftop isn’t a gay bar (nor is the hotel specifically queer), but it didn’t take a sociologist to figure out that there were plenty of gay guys and their female friends sprinkled about the place. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was that a classic Pink song had just been seamlessly mixed into a La Roux jam–an aural equivalent to pasting a gay-friendly rainbow sticker to your front door. (Later, the tunes went hip-hop, then reggaeton and a bit of classic NYC house). Besides, it’s the newest property from one-time Fire Island Pavilion developer Matt Blesso.

Authored By Matthew Bell – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Canal Inn B&B, Panama City

Author: , November 28th, 2010

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Panama Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Canal Inn B&B - Panama CityAt Canal Inn Bed & Breakfast, we welcome everyone to come explore Panama City, and provide a safe, clean, peaceful place for you to stay diring your Panama adventure.

Our beautiful Panama City inn is centrally located and is very private. We’re connected to both roads: to the north (Gamboa – Colon) and to the west (Azuero – Chiriquí – Costa Rica).

Canal Inn offers very comfortable guest rooms, surrounded by lovely tropical gardens filled with colorful flowers, plants and birds.

It’s close to great local restaurants, our train station, the historic colonial area, shopping, the airport and of course, the famous Panama Canal and Bridge of the Americas.

Looking for a great, gay friendly place to stay here in Panama City? Come stay with us at the Canal Inn!

See the Canal Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here