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- The neighborhood of Casco Viejo is the historical center of Panama City and is the most beautiful and interesting part of the city. Plan to spend half the day wandering the narrow streets where you can find numerous churches and monuments to visit and plenty of shopping and dining options. I followed a self-guided walking tour on Frommer's and found this very helpful. One of the highlights in the neighborhood and the place to begin your tour is the historic Plaza de la Independencia where the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Panama Canal Museum are located. The museum is excellent, and you can easily spend a couple hours here looking at all the exhibits. Another highlight is strolling along the Plaza de Francia with views of the ocean and downtown Panama City in the distance. Many vendors set up their stalls here selling an assortment of items for purchase providing an opportunity to find a nice souvenir to take back home. Many places to eat and drink. Tantalo Kitchen stood out as they have a great covered rooftop bar with nice views. Finca del Mar was one of the few places I saw offering sidewalk dining with views of the water and was a nice place to grab a drink. I felt very safe walking around this part of town alone including at night. It is well policed as the neighborhood adjoining Casco Viejo to the north is notorious as one of the more dangerous places in the city so don't wander in the wrong direction.Written May 15, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Cinta Costera is a great thing to experience while you're in Panama City. The scenery is very nice and if you're a people watcher, you get to see a wide assortment of locals and tourists. We did it late on a Friday afternoon so while it was humid, it was somewhat overcast and we didn't have the sun beating down on us. We had a taxi drop us off at the PANAMA sign and then we walked back towards our hotel so I think we did maybe half of it. I highly recommend it for any visitors to Panama City. The one issue that you should be aware of is what confronted us; we got started on our walk and my wife felt nature's call. While there are public bathrooms located along the path, we found out that these were not only closed but locked shut. Apparently, the local authorities decided to do that for some reason. We were able to get a tip from a local vendor to cross Avenida Balboa and ask to use the bathroom at the Children's Hospital which we did. It's hard for my gringo mind to fathom why Panamanian authorities have done this at such a popular tourist attraction but that is the current state of affairs. Plan accordingly to avoid any uncomfortableness!Written May 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This neighborhood is not on the path of an ordinary tourist, it's out of the way and it's not of a significant importance in terms of historic sites and places to see.
We visited it accidentally when the tour van was dropping off other guests after the tour. Costa del Este is a new built area, with more high rises, further on east, after the historic Panama Vieja (see that review). New modern hotels, corporation towers and apartment blocks dominate this expensive area. It reminded me on Dubai Marina, a city outside the main city.Written April 10, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It is one of the main four to six lane arteries of modern Panama city and serves to access the skyscraper area by car or bus. Currently large parts of it are being renovated, but the main purpose remains to make things easier for cars. Panamanian city planners seem to follow the USA example which is very much inflenced by the interests of car makers and oil lobbies. I wished they would have planted more trees and made more green zones. Now it is all stone and asphalt, with some glass and metal. These materials absorb and/or reflect the heat, which means that from about noon Via Espana is bloody hot and very unpleasant for pedestrians, not to mention cyclists. It is as if the municipal authorities did everything within their ability to discourage people from walking or moving around themselves. No wonder obesity is on the rise in Panama.
For those who venture outside the car, bus or metro at night: via Espana is safe.Written April 12, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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