Do you plan on traveling to Panama in the next few weeks or months?
Do you plan on finding girls to date when you visit Panama City?
If so, you’ve come to the right place!
When it comes to Latinas, overall, Panamanian women are often overlooked. But the truth is, Panama women can be among the most attractive, fun, and direct that you’ll meet in the entire world.
I’ve traveled to Panama City and elsewhere in the country a fair number of times, both for pleasure and business. I try to find someone to date and spend time with each time I go, so I think I know a few things about what Panamanian ladies are like.
I’ll tell you this upfront: you’re bound to have a good time!
Here are our top tips for dating Panamanian women.
What Are Panamanian Women Like?
When you go to Panama, you can expect the women to have the following traits and qualities:
She’ll Be Easy Going and Happy
This point applies to all Panamanians in general – they are easy-going and happy people who are very pleasant to be around.
When faced with challenges in life, they’re more likely to take it on with a smile on their face rather than letting their worries conquer them. So expect your Panamanian date to be fun, easy-going, and a bit laid back (in a good way).
She’s Open To Trying New Experiences
Panamanians like to have fun as part of their nature. The girl you date should be open to trying new things within reason. She’s also willing to gain new knowledge and experience new cultures. If anything, the fact you come from an entirely different country will be the most exciting thing about you to her.
Panama Women Always Put Their Family First
One of the distinctive aspects of Latin America is how they embrace traditional family values. Likewise, Panama is a very family-oriented country.
In fact, there’s a chance your date could even still live with her family members.
In Panama, families are close-knit and look after one another. So if she takes you seriously and views you as a long-term partner, she’ll be eager to introduce you to her parents for approval.
She Will Value Marriage
When a Panamanian girl meets the guy she wants to spend the rest of her life with, she wants to call him her husband and not her boyfriend or partner. This is mainly because of her Catholic upbringing and Catholicism’s strong role in Panamanian culture and life.
This means two things for you:
- First, it means when she begins talking about marriage, she means it, and you need to take what she says seriously.
- Secondly, it means she’ll be loyal to you because Panamanians treat marriage as a sacred bond.
She’ll Work Hard
One of the traditional values she’ll likely have learned growing up from her family is the value of hard work. This applies both at home and in her professional life.
She won’t be lazy, she’ll be ambitious in her career and work hard, and she’ll take good care of the household too.
She Won’t Try To Be Dependent Off Of You
Expanding from our previous point, Panamanians are taught the value of hard work from an early age. She won’t grow up and begin her career, assuming that she needs a husband or boyfriend to provide everything for her.
She’ll set her own career goals and work so she can provide for herself. Yes, she absolutely wants a man she can love and start a family with, but she’ll be working towards her own goals first.
She’ll Really Care About You
If a Panamanian woman falls in love with you, she’ll really care for you just like she cares about the loved ones in her family.
She’ll closely care about her future children, and when you come home from work, she’ll be present to give you love and attention. Communicate with her openly and reciprocate the caring personality she displays to you.
She Can Have A Distinct Mestiza Look
The term ‘Mestizo’ (or ‘Mestiza’ for women) has traditionally been used to refer to someone of mixed European and Indigenous American descent. Over sixty-five percent of all Panamanians fall under this demographic, so the girl(s) you end up dating here stand a good chance of being Mestiza.
Generally speaking, the women in Panama have a lighter skin color in Panama City and a darker one (as well as dark hair) the farther away you get from the city.
She Takes Pride in Her Country
Panamanians are very proud of their country. Don’t be surprised if the girl you meet has a shirt or a hat with the Panamanian flag (or a larger flag in her apartment) and speaks highly of Panama often.
She Knows How to Party
Panama City is easily the best city for nightlife in Central America and one of the best in Latin America as a whole. There’s a good reason for this: Panamanians know how to party.
Panama girls themselves have a very fun-loving attitude and will be eager to join a handsome Western gentleman for a night out on the town.
She’ll Be Direct with You
Panamanian girls are among the most direct in South America, meaning the girl you date will tell you just the way she feels about you. If you’ve done anything she’s not impressed by (such as the way you act or dress), she’ll let you know. On the other hand, if she likes you a lot, she’ll make that clear to you too.
7 Reasons You Should Date Panama Women
Here are the top reasons you should date women from Panama if you’re not yet convinced they could be right for you:
They’re Independent and Goal-Driven
Panamanian women know what they want out of life career-wise, and they work to achieve it. They’re raised to know how to provide for themselves and not to expect anyone else to have to provide for them.
They Heavily Value Family
As with most Latin countries, family life is a big deal in Panama. If you’re considering marriage to a Panamanian lady you’re really starting to fall in love with, she’ll commit herself to her new family while not abandoning the old one she came from.
She’ll be close to your children, spend much time with you, and work hard ensuring your home is clean and kept in order.
They’re Caring and Compassionate
Panamanian women care significantly about their loved ones, and they show it. They’re willing to sit down and listen, they assist with chores around the house, they love to flirt and display physical affection to the men they like, and she’ll take care of you if you’re sick.
Let me put it this way:
A Panamanian girl who loves you will always be there for you.
They’re Very Welcoming and Easy Going
Panamanian women are among the most welcoming and easy-going women in the world. They’re always up to try new things and don’t allow stress to take hold of them.
You’ll feel comfortable when you’re around her because she puts much effort into impressing guests or her dates.
She’ll put much effort into her appearance, won’t be afraid to put her cooking skills to the test if you stay at her place, and will be a great conversationalist over dinner and wine. Speaking of her appearance…
They Know How To Dress
Panamanian girls generally favor bright clothes and colorful traditional clothing with noticeable accessories. She’ll stick to casual clothes for her everyday life, but she’ll seek to illuminate herself when it comes to your date.
Sexy Panamanian women know the meaning of the phrase ‘dress to impress.’ She loves to experiment with her looks both to impress you and to highlight her individuality.
They Take Their Traditions Seriously
Most of Panama’s population identifies as Roman Catholics. Catholicism is a major force in Panama, and Panamanians are raised with various traditions and rituals that they are taught to respect.
Take note that just because she takes her religion seriously doesn’t mean she’ll be closed off to other points of view. Quite the opposite, in fact.
She’ll love to hear about your customs and religious backgrounds and perhaps even partake in them while simultaneously respecting and following her own traditions.
They Know How to Dance
Panamanian girls keep up an active lifestyle, which helps contribute to their fit bodies. One way that Panamanian girls keep their bodies in shape is through dance.
Dancing is like a language to women from Panama because it’s another form of physical and sensual expression. If your dancing skills are a bit rusty, that’s okay! She’ll love to teach you.
Where to Meet Panamanian Women?
Cities and Places
The best city for meeting Panamanian women, by far, is Panama City. Most women here speak English and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for both day adventures and nightlife here.
Outside of Panama City, the three best places for meeting local women are David, Bocas del Toro, and Colon.
Let’s take a closer look at each.
When it comes to daytime, your best bet will be the malls and shopping districts. There are many people in these districts, which means you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding attractive women to approach.
Examples of malls and shopping districts you can visit include:
- Albrook Mall
- Multiplaza Panama
- AltaPlaza Mall
For nightlife, there’s no better area than Calle Uruguay, which is filled with bars and clubs. The most famous ones there are:
- La Tana
- El Sotano
- La Mayor
Another good nightlight option is Casco Viejo. It is more of a touristy area, so it should be easy to meet other women as well.
David is the second-largest city in Panama and is located farther inland in the mountains. It also serves as the central hub to go in the highlands of western Panama.
When it comes to nightlife, David is admittedly a bit limited. However, two of the best bars and clubs in David are Opium Club and the bar at the Gran Hotel Nacional. Both get crowded during weekends and less so during the week.
Many foreigners who visit David usually just stop for a day or two before moving on to Bocas del Toro. Speaking of which…
Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro is actually an island chain on the Caribbean coast of the country. It’s an immensely popular tourist destination and beach town. The chances of you meeting foreign women from countries around the world are honestly a little higher than meeting beautiful Panamanian women.
Bocas del Toro is known for the younger crowd who comes here (including backpackers and younger tourists who stay at hostels) and for its big party scene.
For day game, either go hang out around Bocas Town or, better yet, visit Starfish Beach. You’ll meet lots of girls relaxing on the beach you can approach.
At night, when the town really comes alive, I’d recommend you visit the following bars and clubs:
- Aqua Lounge
- Barco Hundido
- Selina Hostel Bar
- Toro Loco
- Bocas Brewery
- Summer Beach Club
- Mamallena Hostel Bar
Colon is a smaller city located outside of Panama City. The two cities are so close that the two populations are often counted as coming from a single metropolitan area.
Colon isn’t exactly a city that sees a lot of foreigners. Chances are greater that you’ll meet single Panamanian women rather than tourists, and you’ll also stand out a lot better.
Just take note that Colon does have a higher crime rate, so be careful about spending time here, and especially after dark.
Perhaps the easiest way to meet girls in Panama is through online dating sites. This way, you can talk to girls online and potentially set up a few dates before you even arrive.
The best dating app to use is Tinder, as there are always many young women using it.
Our Top Tips for Dating Panamanian Girls
Here are our top tips to follow for dating Panama women and getting a Latina girlfriend!
Bring Your A-Game
Panamanian girls may love to party, but in the end, the man who they will appreciate the most is a well-dressed gentleman who brings his A-game. Trade your backpacking or hiking clothes for a nice blazer, and be ready to dance and initiate flirting.
At the same time, take things slowly and be prepared to get to know her first before anything happens. You need to prove to her that you are indeed a gentleman and not just another Western tourist looking to get laid.
Something else that hot Panamanian women really appreciate is a guy who takes charge. Not in an aggressive or pushy way, but in the sense where he’s leading the way, steering conversations, and coming up with ideas on things to do.
Watch Out For Yourself
As with anywhere, stay alert, practice good situational awareness, and don’t walk around flashing valuable possessions (especially after night). Certain areas in Panama have higher crime rates than others (such as Colon, for example).
Don’t walk around in fear (you need to enjoy yourself, and if anything displaying confidence can help keep you safe), but also don’t walk around only half alert.
Approach Groups of Girls As a Group
You’ll rarely find Panamanian girls at bars or night clubs alone. Most go with groups of three to five girls, both for safety reasons and because it’s fun.
I fully get that approaching a group of girls on your own can be nerve-wracking because there’s more pressure, and it’s an inherently different dynamic from approaching only one girl who’s on her own.
My advice is to meet guys at your hostel who are willing to go for a night on the town. You can approach a group of girls as a group and then begin asking the one girl you like specific questions to get something going between the two of you.
Think of Things To Do
Before you meet, think of things that the two of you can do together. Remember, she’ll both appreciate and expect you to take charge and come up with ideas.
If you’re going for a day date, think carefully ahead about whether you’d rather go to the beach, go on a hike, or grab food at a sit-down restaurant.
The important thing is to have a plan. You don’t want to meet in town only to be clueless about what you’ll do next. Think about what kind of memory you want to form with her.
Avoid Talking Politics Early On
Yes, Panamanian women are very proud of their country and culture. But talking about current events or political matters is something that should be avoided on the first date.
That’s because she wants to have fun and really get to know your personality first. You can talk about political or philosophical issues later after you’ve gone on a date or two and become more comfortable with one another.
Don’t Expect Sex on the First Date
If it happens, it happens. But don’t be yet another sex tourist, pushing aggressively for it, and don’t meet her with the expectation that it will happen fast.
Let the date run its course, and let your mutual attraction play out. The pushier you become about getting her back to your hotel room, the more resistant and hesitant she’ll become.
Ask Her to Dance
As I talked about before, Panamanian girls love to dance! So if you know your dance moves, you’ll really impress her. And if you don’t know how to dance yourself, that’s perfectly okay. Just admit you’re a bit rusty, and she’ll have a smile on her face as you go to the dance floor.
It can be a very romantic moment with her teaching you how to move your feet and your hips out on the dance floor.
Tell Her She’s Beautiful
Remember that Panamanian women put a lot of effort into their appearance. When you first approach her, tell her something about her that caught your eye. When you meet up for your date, tell her she’s beautiful. She’ll love being complimented, and telling her she’s beautiful helps to build a romantic mood early on.
Be Wary of Prostitutes
Prostitution is legal in Panama, and you can almost always find prostitutes or escorts when you’re out at the popular bars or clubs (or even on dating apps). The issue is that many prostitutes will act like they’re not and are genuinely interested in you, only to request money after you’ve had sex.
The trick is to try and determine if a girl is a prostitute before anything happens – a gathering of athletic, caring, and well-dressed girls outside of popular hotels or tourist spots is a major red flag.
Be Ready to Pay for The Date
Panamanian girls, much like Dominican women, will always look down on a guy who expects her to share the expenses with him. Latin American countries like Panama are more traditional, and it’s expected for the man to take the lead. From the food to the drinks to the taxi fare, be prepared to sponsor your date with the girl you ask out.
Panama is a country with a strong American influence, so that some Panama girls will speak excellent English. Others, however, will not speak any English at all. Either way, the girl you date will highly appreciate it if you at least make an effort to talk in Spanish. If anything, you may end up switching between English and Spanish throughout the date.
Dating women from Panama, much like dating an Ecuadorian woman, can be an enjoyable experience. These girls are attractive, honest, and direct with you, and proud of the country they hail from. Keep the above tips we’ve covered in mind when you land in the country and find a girl who catches your eye.