Winter Escape to Panama

Located at the heart of the Americas, Panama City is the most cosmopolitan of the Central American capitals; overflowing with trendy new clubs, cool boutique hotels and gay friendly neighborhoods and attractions. As a long established hub for international business, trade and transportation the City has developed into a modern, busy metropolis attracting visitors from around the world.

It is also beginning to attract LGBT travelers who are looking for a non-traditional LGBT travel destination. This can be observed through the growing number of hotels throughout the country who are marketing themselves as gay friendly and the use of the TAG Approved accommodation branding, which include the American Trade Hotel and the Trump Ocean Club Panama.

Tour operators such as Sublime Journeys by EcoCircuitos, a lesbian owned and operated, is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). This company that focus on adventure travel, offers unique tailor made itineraries and programs that put conservation and sustainability at the forefront of its products.

Activities include but are not limited to: hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, birding, cultural exchanges, incentives and educational programs. Sublime Journeys and Ecocircuitos Panama has been working with the LGBT international community, assisting with families, couples and solo traveler itineraries.

Panama is a friendly country and welcomes all its visitors. LGBT travelers may find Panama City more gay friendly than the countryside; however, many of the main destinations throughout the country are friendly to all visitors and will make LGBT families and travelers feel at home.

Panama is a safe, stable and friendly country of almost three million inhabitants and 75.517 square kilometers. It is among the most biologically diverse countries on the planet and features a variety of unique ecosystems. With a total of over 2,500 km of coastline on two oceans, 15 national Parks and seven distinct indigenous cultures there is much to explore. Five UNESCO World Heritage sites wait to be discovered.

Let yourself be surprised by Panama. Encounter traditional indigenous settlements less than two hours from the city’s international banking district, watch the incredible wildlife along the Panama Canal while huge cargo ships cross from ocean to ocean in the background, spend the morning in a state-of-the-art convention center and the afternoon on a perfect beach. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it here.

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***Since 2008 same-sex activity has been legal when the Presidential Decree No. 332 came into force.


What’s New in Panama City

By Mark Chesnut

Panama City has an array of well-established tourist attractions: Panama Viejo, the ruins of the spot where Spaniards first founded the city in 1519; the Casco Antiguo, a historic neighborhood graced with eclectic architecture and a growing number of interesting shops and galleries; and of course the Panama Canal, which is in the process of expansion and is a draw for nature lovers, thanks to the many parks, abundant wildlife, and outdoor activities found nearby.

There is also a new attraction in the works that is expected to draw quite a bit of attention: the Biomuseo Panama (Calzada de Amador. Tel: +507-314-0097., a Frank Gehry-designed museum scheduled to open in 2012 on the Amador Causeway, near the mouth of the Panama Canal. The museum’s eight galleries will focus on the biological and climatic history of the region, but the architecture (the work of the man behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles) will surely grab many headlines.

 One of the best ways to see the sights in Panama City and elsewhere in Panama is with an experienced tour operator. Among the best is EcoCircuitos (Tel: +507-314-0068., a lesbian-owned company that offers an array of programs focusing on nature, history, culture, birding, and adventures. The company offers several excellent day trips from Panama City, including to Soberanía National Park, a lush region along the Panama Canal. The owners can also be a good source of information about Panama as a gay destination. “There is a small [gay] community in Panama, but it is a very open country, and we are very friendly,” said Annie J. Young, executive director of EcoCircuitos.

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