Taking the train is a New York experience all its own. Photo © Derek Key, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

How to Feel Like a New Yorker in Two Days

Visiting New York City for the weekend? There are a few details that distinguish a New Yorker’s lifestyle from what you find in other cities around the globe. From eating bagels with lox to shopping at indie boutiques, Julie Doherty Meade shares the best ways to experience the city like a local, not a tourist.

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Panama City’s Gay and Lesbian Nightlife

Gay bars and clubs in Panama City are either in remote locations or hidden in plain sight, and they usually come and go quickly. The three clubs listed he are are the most prominent and popular spots.

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Nightlife in Managua, Nicaragua

Dancing is a central part of the Managua experience. The music scene ranges from popular electronic to booty-shaking reggaetón, as well as plenty of salsa, merengue, and bachata. Managua has several places to learn salsa and merengue if you are in town for a longer period of time. If you prefer something more low-key, there are lots of bars and clubs with atmospheres that range from sultry to suspect, but they change on an annual basis, as Managuans flock inexorably to the newest scene.

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Nightlife in Guatemala City

Guatemala City has a fairly lively nightlife scene with bars, clubs, and music found mostly in the Zona Viva and downtown. Here’s a selection of establishments from classic watering holes to popular expat bars.

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Puerto Rican Nightlife in Old San Juan

There are two sides to Old San Juan’s nightlife. On the southern end near the cruise ship docks are the more commercial and chain establishments like Señor Frog’s. But the farther north you go toward Calle San Sebastián, the more authentic the offerings get.

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São Sebastião: Beaches, Nightlife, and More

When Paulistanos say they are “going to São Sebastião,” they’re not actually referring to the busy seaside town, but to the 100km expanse of beaches and resort towns around it. Read on to find the right stretch of beach for your style of travel.

Two cocktails filled with lime wedges on a napkin from Garota de Ipanema bar.

Bars and Nightclubs in Ipanema and Leblon

Both Ipanema and Leblon possess a vibrant nightlife that runs the gamut from laid-back, beloved sidewalk botequins to stylish bars, lounges, and a few nightclubs that attract an eternally fashionable crowd.