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  • Yehuda R
    Toronto, Canada3 contributions
    The Indepedence Square is most scenic and pictoresque.
    The Panama Canal Museum is part of the Square, and so is the City's Cathedral.
    Not crowded. A must see!
    Written May 12, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Marcia H
    Panama130 contributions
    This place is amazing! Something for everyone, from restaurants, hotel, bike/running path, yatch club. The view is spectacular from several angles, and spots.
    Written May 6, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • PuffyTracy
    Allen, TX19 contributions
    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, 2022
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  • tyagi
    New York City, NY378 contributions
    Designated bike lane next to the pedestrian lane. Great to run, walk, or ride along the ocean. Many shady places, with benches to stop and enjoy the views.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • BucketListRebel
    Hamilton, MT232 contributions
    I took the Metro Subway to Albrook Mall to go to TIGO and get a SIM card to use with my phone while in Panama. All went well even though we couldn't understand each other. He used Google Translate and we texted back and forth. It was a success! And it was only $5.35 USD for 7 days with internet!

    Since this was my first time to Albrook Mall, I got a little confused, so please use my experience to help make yours better!

    Get on the Metro Subway and take it all the way to the last stop. Go up the escalator and take the overpass walking bridge. Take the escalator down into the National Transportation Hub. Go directly straight through the large lobby of the Transportation Hub and go up the stairs. Cross an overpass walking bridge to enter into Albrook Mall. You will be on the second floor of a large food court. This is what you will look for when returning back to your home base.

    When you finish your adventure in the Albrook Mall and go back to the Metro Subway, you will be required to have a face shield as well as a face mask (at this point in our COVID saga). Make sure you have one or the authorities will set you aside. No worries! Our experience was very pleasant with them. But, just get the face shield!!

    Albrook Mall looks like it has taken an economic hit due to COVID, with some store fronts closed and dark. That did not stop locals from spending their hard-earned money there. It was crowded on the Monday afternoon that I visited.

    Even if the Mall is not on your list of things to do, it will be very helpful to you to know how to use the Metro Subway and to know where the National Transportation Hub is located. They have busses that leave for all parts of Panama every day! If you want to explore all of Panama, this is THE PLACE you can do it cheaply!
    Written July 19, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • lizakq
    Naguabo1,055 contributions
    I'm not one to go to malls that much but I can say this one is pretty big and with lots of high quality stores. It didn't feel crowded.
    Written April 9, 2022
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  • tamading
    Florida46 contributions
    The bridge was nothing spectacular, just another bridge. Crossing it you just get some wonderful views of the Canal.
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • phutty
    Tallinn, Estonia1,251 contributions
    This historical site on the outskirts of the city centre is worth taking an Uber to, just as it's worth making use of the free shuttle to ferry yourself around the site, which otherwise requires a lot of walking in limited shade under a blazing sun.

    The museum at the heart of the complex does a good job of contextualising the site and showcasing the lives and customs of the indigenous (and later foreign) population, with some interesting displays on interment rituals and the ultimate fate of the settlement at the hands of Morgan - and, indeed, the pirate captain's own ironic fate. The ruins themselves are what they are, though picking through them does throw up the odd atmospheric moment, and climbing the tower is a must for both the views and the significant drop in temperature. While at the base of the tower you'll almost certainly spot iguanas, too.

    There is an unexciting but much-needed café on site. WiFi, if you need it, is available in the book store by the front entrance (ask staff for the password).
    Written February 26, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • abrelascajas
    Tijuana, Mexico236 contributions
    If you are staying at the hotel Crowne Plaza Panama (in which I do not recommend that anybody stays at) then please double to your left and go straight and the church will be on your right hand side.
    Written March 19, 2022
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  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
    Well known for its ornate 'golden altar', it is very good. Well short of European cathedral extravagance but pleasant enough. What was excellent about Panamanian churches was free to enter, unlike so many of its European counterparts.
    Written April 25, 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12,348 contributions
    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, 2019
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  • David W
    2 contributions
    If you are spiritually inclined it is worth checking out. Great energy and views at this sacred site.
    Written January 8, 2020
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  • Dominique
    New York City, NY83 contributions
    Stopped here as part of a walking tour. You can see views of the old and new city. It's on the south end of the old city so it's by the water. Good place to take pictures and walk around.
    Written March 17, 2022
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  • psblin
    Palm Coast, FL3,124 contributions
    Parking can be a problem at many of the malls in Panama. Not here. Close to the airport and it has some great stores.
    Written September 21, 2019
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada20,840 contributions
    Nice-looking from outside although with "only one" tower and not two as usually seen at a church (but one with quite a bit of height and where inside its top part is also like a lovely spiral staircase), it was also an enjoyable visit (although just a fairly brief one) inside where on either side of the altar at the far end is a statue of Jesus & that of Saint Francis of Assisi and where there's also a brief biography of him (one who was born into wealth but who chose to accept the "social stigmata" for the life of helping the less fortunate). And although overall a "non-elaborate" interior, the lengths on the two sides are "not entirely bare" either (with some colorful statues on the small pedestals & such, but just not full-sized shrines & secondary altars as you might expect to see alongside the lengths of a cathedral). And yes, there's one thing about this church that I was quite grateful for which is an "air-conditioned interior" (making this place kind of an "ideal rest stop" during your walk around this "old town" area).

    So yes, as one stop during the tour of the "old town" Casco Viejo (for which I would say "a whole day" is what's needed), be sure to also see at a close-up the "elaborate monument" for Simon Bolivar not only with his statue but also with some engraved scenes around its base & also a sculpture of a big bird like an eagle at the top of the monument (at the center of the small plaza in front of this church). And nearby which is actually just a very short walk from here (to the left & left again after coming out of this church) is an area at the edge of the water which I assume is like a bay or such as part of the sea (better sea views from some other parts of the city though); and also at just about a 5-minute walk from this church (in the opposite direction from that to the water's edge) is the city's "main cathedral" Catedral Metropolitana with just a "pretty awesome" front face comprising 13 statues which are those of the all 12 Apostles of Christ & that of the Virgin above them.
    Written August 29, 2020
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