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Shop with the locals - great atmosphere

If you like busy local shopping areas with lots going on, this is for you. get off at the 5 May... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2018
Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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Not sure why this place is even on TripAdvisor. It is a place where regular people work/live/shop... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2018
Santiago, Chile
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Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Based on online reviews decided to try and search for local artisans in the area. Big mistake. The stores were full of cheap 'dollar store type' merchandise. The locals did not give off a vibe of friendliness and we also observed a lot of police...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Marline M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not quite sure why someone decided to put this on Tripadvisor. This is simply a pedestrian street where locals shop and eat. It is located close to Casco Viejo (if you’re walking from the nearby metro station, you’ll need to pass through here to get...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank backpacker31
Reviewed November 28, 2018

If you like busy local shopping areas with lots going on, this is for you. get off at the 5 May metro station. Afterwards visit the nearby Mercado Artesianas to buy local goods at a fraction of Old Town prices

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank perrygrinate
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Not sure why this place is even on TripAdvisor. It is a place where regular people work/live/shop. Nothing trip-worthy here in my opinion. Just beyond average. Normal day-to-day living occurs here.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Curtez151
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Avenida Central is LOUD, and it's typical of many city streets. The street, which is now closed to all vehicle traffic, except for cross sections, starts at the Plaza de Cinco de Mayo and leads to Casco Viejo, or the newly gentrified section of Old...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank ModAdventures
Reviewed January 22, 2018

The equivalent of visiting a Walmart in the USA to see how regular people live. Perhaps decades ago Avenida Central was home to traditional craft stores and fruit/food stands, but today this street is lined with appliance, electronics and cheap clothing stores. My guidebook suggested...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank nohandlelah
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Most of the tourist places in Panama were relatively safe although care was needed. Avendia Central is a large street that connects Casco Viejo, the Old Town with the new more modern part of Panama and some areas are run down particularly on the outskirts...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Oldjack
Reviewed April 24, 2017

Avenida Central is a long avenue connecting the old part of Panama city (Casco Viejo) with the new. From Plaza 5 de Mayo, where the last and most interesting section of Avenida Central starts, it is a pedestrian zone most of the way with many...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Robert937
Reviewed October 28, 2016

I think it's not a place for tourist - especially part of Avenida Central in San Miguel. We've walked the street from market Super 99 down to Casco Viejo and it could be very scary experience for some people. San Miguel is one of the...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank wrudo
Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

This was a fun way to spend the afternoon. While the shops themselves are a bit run down, it's a cool place to hang out and pick up a bargain, or some food. There are some gems hidden in some of the stores as well....More

Date of experience: October 2016
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July 20, 2018|
Response from ModAdventures | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, Empire! There are several places to find authentic souvenirs throughout the city, depending on what you're looking to bring back. If you're near Casco Viejo, there are several vendors selling molas, handcrafted... More
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College Park, Maryland
my 7-day trip in Panama --- **need suggestions** (5 Replies)
Hi, I will go travelling in Panama for 7 days from Dec 25 - 31, 2012. Below is what I have already planed. Day 0 (Dec 24) - arriving Panama city airport 7.56 pm - stay overnight in Panama City ****Is the church in Panama city have the mass in Christmas Eve night at night? (I always went to church for the mass at midnight in Christmas Eve almost every year.) Day 1 (Dec 25) - travel around Panama city ----Panama la Vieja ----Casco Viejo ----Avenida Central ----Parque Natural...More
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we did the isla grande area in colon about 3 years ago-did not stay there but did some boat trip-which took us to some nice snorkeling spots
Lack of Police in San Jose (1 Reply)
from A.M. Costa Rica today: Cruiseship tourists receive the benefit of strong protection By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Cruiseship passengers who arrived Sunday received security befitting a head of state. The security ministry even had planes in the air. In addition to the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea, Fuerza Pública officers were on foot, patrolling on bikes and in vehicles. The Policía Turística also was on patrol. The officers covered any part of the town where cruise ship...More
March 05, 2007|
Response fromdosbrazos|
I think that the police are not effective , as long as the laws protect the criminals , the police say , if I grab this guy for purse snacting , in one hour he will be back on the street , and very mad at me ¡ So , if you have 10000 police , it will not make a difference , until the congress makes some real laws ¡
Portland, Oregon
Places open on Good Friday - March 25 (0 Replies)
Two in my group are already booked on a Canal Transit boat for Good Friday but two of us want to see the Canal from the ground and then do something else. Will places like Mercado de Mariscos, shops and restaurants in Casco Viejo, shops on Avenida Central, etc. be open?
January 25, 2016|