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  • raclaw
    Toronto, Canada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alex was great. He was flexible and responsive to my interests. He showed many parts of the Old City that I never knew existed despite having my hotel there. I am glad I did this tour
    Written July 5, 2024
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  • Jules C
    Bridgetown, Barbados1,008 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting this area was nice, it is clean and well preserved around the bay area...with lovely walking and bicycle trails, beautifully lined palm trees, on a clear day you'd probably see the ships heading towards the bridge...a beautiful spot for some nice photos along with the Panama sign.
    Written June 30, 2024
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  • Manaaaahhh
    Trinidad and Tobago11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A big mall with a lot of stores, the majority of which are repeated throughout the mall but they often carry different merchandise. There are 3 food courts in this mall that offers a decent amount of food options. Very limited seating options outside of the food court. Be prepared to pay for certain bathrooms: upstairs Magic Zone food court, and Giraffe Food court.
    Written June 27, 2024
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  • Silwen Plantijn
    Curaçao29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A sophysticated maal with well known affordable retailers to high end shops.
    Food court is desent with all the more well-known food chains.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • John S
    Durham, NC542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    During our trip to Panama City, my wife and I decided to walk back to our hotel from Casco Viejo. It was evening time, just before sunset. I figured if things started looking sketchy, we could order an Uber. However, my concerns were unjustified.

    As we passed the Mercado Publico del Marisco (Fish Market), we entered the park. The park runs as a thin strip of land between a blue seawall facing the Bay of Panama and the Pan-American Highway. Our hotel was less than a ten minute walk from the eastern end of the park, providing a leisurely hour-long walk from Casco Viejo to our hotel.

    Although it was sunset, the park was crowded with people. The park has both walking paths as well as a designated lane for bicycles. Fitness was a major theme throughout the park as runners and cyclists sped past or enjoyed fitness equipment maintained by the park authority. Even with the sun hanging heavy over the Pacific, the park felt safe.

    Vendors lined the walkways offering a variety of street foods, gifts or local crafts. The vendors were starting to pack up as evening approached, but there were still plenty of stalls open as we traversed the park.

    We stopped along the seawall to take photographs both directions, capturing the Casco Viejo neighborhood as well as downtown Panama City. Locals were feeding cats and raccoons that appear to live within the concrete erosion jacks that lined the beach beyond the seawall.

    My first impression was that I have never seen a cat eat a cheese puff before. But I also wondered how healthy it was to feed junk food to cats and raccoons. I did not see any signs not to feed the animals, but I think junk food is not a good idea. I was able to snap a few photos of the animals, but was also cautious as I know raccoons are prone to carry diseases. They looked healthy, but no need to tempt fate.

    We finished our stroll through the park as darkness settled across the city. A pedestrian walkway just beyond the park allowed us to cross safely over to our hotel across the Pan-American Highway.

    The park is free. It also appeared to be safe, and popular. I would definitely recommend a visit. You can also take your photo at the iconic Panama sign located within the park!
    Written July 9, 2024
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  • Geo89_12
    Romeoville, IL509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took an evening stroll along the waterfront every evening, great place to take in the beauty of Panama. They also have dedicated bike paths for those who ride bikes.
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • Lorraine R
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My colleagues and I went on a mid-morning hike. The weather was good, and the scenery was beautiful. I like to exercise and doing this hike was good for me.
    Written July 3, 2024
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  • Jeff S
    Cleveland, OH101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The architecture is very intriguing as you pass by, so a venture was in order to see more detail. It's truly a magnificent feat to see more of the features of this tall cathedral. Truly worth exploring and seeing.
    Written July 6, 2024
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  • minniemae
    Florida633 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friend and I were crazy enough to walk the entire span of this bridge at high noon - it took us 15 to 20 minutes from beginning to end. The walkway was quite narrow & the center part of the bridge didn't have a guard rail to protect you from vehicle traffic... Thus, it was quite freaky when a big bus or truck would pass by (anxiety attack ensued). We were heckled, jeered, and cheered. A motorcycle cop passed by & met us at the foot of the bridge - nope, we weren't arrested.

    During rush hour, the traffic is terrible! Stay away.
    Written June 3, 2024
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  • lucycan
    San Diego, CA3,512 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stop in the old city. The Golden covered wall is certainly unique. The back room has a MASSIVE nativity scene that is cool.
    Written February 5, 2024
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  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, WA8,231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Anything you want is here as it is the 14th largest in the world.

    Lots of stores and places to eat especially nice food court.

    Other than that a fairly typical mall.
    Written December 30, 2022
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  • AndMH
    Gilroy, CA266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are interested in history, it's worth a trip. other than the cathedral tower it is a large area full of ruins. It was a moderate size town with 7 convents that all appeared large. The Museum is interesting, but mainly a reading one rather than one of many items. on display. It takes a while to get there (30 mins from Casco Antiqua) but only costs around $5 on Uber.
    Written March 2, 2024
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  • NJFamilyAdventures
    Ontario, Canada138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is worth a visit. an hour well spent.

    When shopping for molas, make sure to buy from the indigenous women who sell from Plaza Carlos V, just a couple blocks away. Don't buy from the gift shops.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • NPCerto
    Pittsburgh, PA126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fish market and the surrounding restaurants and businesses was a treat. We haggled for fresh fish, prawns and other treats which we cooked ourselves. Its fun, a bit smelly, and interesting. Not much English spoken there but that was no trouble at all.
    Written March 11, 2024
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