The Casco Antiguo transports us back to an age of bucaneers, sea battles, and gracious colonial living. Have a Cerveza Panama under the trees in Plaza Bolivar, explore the sea wall over the Bovedas, gawk at the opulence of the Iglesia de San Jose's Golden Altar or glimps the magnificent but heavily guarded courtyard of Salon Bolivar. Mostly, just amble about . Don't miss the unfrequented back streets like Calle Demetrio H. Brid. with its quiet frontage over Panama Bay.
But whatever you do, do it soon... Developers are pushing hard to continue the Cintura Costal's four lanes of screaming traffic along the base of the Casco's sea wall. If successful, this effort will forever shatter the Casco's ambience, stripping its most precious attribute.More