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Casco Viejo

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Address: Avenida Central, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 5072289828
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and...

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Always Worth the visit.

We have visited the old panama City centre now for the last 6 years. Every year one sees the renovation proceed and new restaurants and shops appear. A must for the visitor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Spijkenisse, The Netherlands

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Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited the old panama City centre now for the last 6 years. Every year one sees the renovation proceed and new restaurants and shops appear. A must for the visitor. Do not forget to make the walk to the fish market and join in with the locals for lunch.

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Bagshot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Within ten paces you are confronted with swish new bistro type venues hard up against buildings being held up with steel. The whole thing us simply fascinating. Go there you will not be in any way disappointed. BuzznPooh

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I knew a little bit about the history of Panama City, but had no idea the extent to which the Spanish had built up a settlement on the edge of the city. Come to find cathedrals, open squares, street vendors, local shops, great food and awesome nightlife. I was blown away by the beauty and ongoing preservation and rebuilding of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked around Casco Viejo for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Unfortunately, there was a small domonstration underway so a large military presence was seen and many churches and buildings closed their doors. You still can get a feeling for the architecture and former beauty of the place. There are a number of good restaurants in the area... More 

Thank Bankerchas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went at night so not much to see. Very dark, not a lot of public lighting! Sat at a restaurant in front of Bolivar's statue, the service very slow but nice waiters though! Just one bathroom for everyone... Lots of people asking for money.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Casco Viejo is a must see. If fulfilled through continued restoration, it will be the place to eat, drink, stay and learn. At present, some sights are discouragingly dilapidated, but restored buildings are truly uplifting and give hope for a colonial architectural experience. A possible danger of going Disneyland exists. A visit will produce a continuing interest in its development.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great side of Panama! It's old buildings are beautiful and there is a nice view on the modern part of the city! A must do!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Honestly, nothing to see here. It was pretty dead when we went and the streets are so narrow and sidewalks non-existent that it was hard to maneuver. There really is nothing to see here, we spend maybe 1.5 hours wandering around and left.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wish the government would invest in tourism, the historic district for the most part are facades in ruins rather than actual buildings. The national theater is closed because of structural damage. If you're looking for cultural or artistic activities and venues forget it!

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In the 4 days I was in Panama City, I spent time in Casco Viejo on 3 of those days - I loved it that much. It is in the process of being beautifully restored and it is such an interesting and beautiful place with amazing restaurants. I just loved it here and if I was to return to Panama... More 

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