Let's call a spade a spade and tell it like it is: Kathleen Peddicord, formerly of International Living and now of Live & Invest Overseas, doesn't know anything about Panama at all no matter what she says or writes or how many bullshit seminars she and her husband organize. All you need to remember about Peddicord and her associates are the three S's about living and investing overseas: Scams, Schemes and Scum. She's married to a real estate guy, one Lief Simon, and we best remember the duo for teaming up with real estate swindlers Christie Sweeney and Dennis Martinez (who famously claimed that they would "change Pedasi" and then disappeared together with the never-built "Bellamar" condo project) to pump some development on the western tip of the Azuero. This being Panama, it netted Lief Simon an honorable mention from a drooling Matt Landau on his "Top 9 influential foreigners" list.
In between selling get-rich-quick coconut bullshit investments and ripping people off with crap seminars, Kathleen Peddicord still has time to write spammy plugs on the Huffington Post website. The latest is called "10 Things To See And Do In Panama City's Rowdiest, Bawdiest Zone" and it's a total load of crock. She even can't get her geography straight. Or anything else for that matter:
El Cangrejo is also Panama City's rowdiest, bawdiest zone. It could be called the city's Red Light District, though no discrete red lights are required to signal the locations of brothels or other sex-industry businesses. Prostitution is legal in Panama, and El Cangrejo is where the trade is largely focused in the country's capital. This may bother you or be just what you're in the market for. In the case of the latter, know that the Veneto Hotel and surrounding streets are a good place to hang out. If the case of the former, the Veneto and environs might be a good area to avoid.
This is absolute nonsense. the rowdiest and bawdiest Red Light zone in Panama is not El Cangrejo, but Santa Ana and San Felipe. That is, the streets and bars ("The Fox Hole", for example) around Plaza 5 de Mayo and Calle J in Santa Ana and then the bars on the edge of San Felipe, in front of where the mercado publico used to be, with names like, "La Bocatoreña." Other rowdy hot zones include the dirty triangle where the Fernando Cordoba meets Via España, with the Meto Bar and what used to be the Torremolinos and several other shadowy places. A bit more upscale and you'd end up in either Calle Uruguay, which, contrary to Peddicord's suggestion, is not in El Cangrejo but in Bella Vista, or in the banking district, notably the casino of the Marriott Hotel or the Habanos "cigar club" in front of it, which is the most exclusive pick-up place for Colombian prostitutes in town. The rowdiest it gets in El Cangrejo is with real estate pimps like Peddicord and Simon trying to get attention.
#3: Beirut restaurant for Lebanese fare and, during the dinner service, traditional belly dancing performed live table to table (...)
Beirut is a great restaurant, but it's not in El Cangrejo either. It's in the banking district, which is called Obarrio. This is how much Peddicord knows about Panama, she mixes up streets and neighborhoods and outside the beaten tourist and expat paths she is completely clueless about the place. Beware!