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- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (21)
- Casco Viejo
- Casco ViejoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Dec 11, 2012
Casco Viejo, Old Town Panama is where we were able to take in some colonial building architecture in the City. There are many many restaurants, bars and lounges in this area and is very tourist friendly HOWEVER, we were told getting to and from it on foot in the area AROUND it is not so safe. Hence we hired a car.
- Casco ViejoNov 20, 2012
This is historic Panama and an ideal place to stay during a visit because you will find a mix of old and new. When the New York team behind Tantalo Hotel, Kitchen and Rooftop Bar were looking for a place to create a boutique hotel in Panama, realtors encouraged them to pick a spot in Panama City, but Blesso Properties fell for Casco Viejo, and they transformed a 1970's era apartment building into the artsy and eco Tantalo Hotel. Although we took a bicycle tour of Casco, I would recommend walking because cars and roadways are not yet bike-friendly.
- Casco ViejoSep 22, 2012
Let me start off by saying the 17th century Caribbean architecture here is a must see.
Unfortunately, this place is also the tourist trap that you are pretty much forced to go to if you want to check it out (bad traffic, overpriced food and street folks hitting you up for change). I would spend a few hours here; check out the churches and the walkway with view of the Panama City skyline, have a Balboa beer at one of the bars and then head back. You'll see what I mean when you go here. It's that must see because you want to do the site seeing but it leaves you with a "probably never come back" thought in the back of your mind.
Secondly, the local government is making significant effort to upgrade the buildings in this district. To those of you that appreciate old world architecture; you will cringe at the site of these beautiful buildings and pebble roads being turned into Disneyworld looking buildings and Red brick roads. Boring. I guess it would cost too much money to restore these buildings to their original condition. Whoever thought this would be a good idea...well...nuff said.
This place is also known as San Felipe and Casco Antiguo.
- Casco ViejoAug 12, 2012
El Casco Viejo - the Old Town of Panama City - provides a magical glimpse into traditional Panama City, before the skyscrapers and traffic. Mildly reminiscent of Cartagena, El Casco Viejo delivers old churches, sleepy town squares, and traditional Panamanian eateries.
- Casco ViejoAug 12, 2012
I liked Casco Viejo, I won't say that I didn't. I will say that it's not a place where you need to spend more than a few hours. We walked around and saw the colorful buildings being restored, and then stopped for an extended break at a cafe in the central square, choosing to cool off with a mojito rather than continue to walk. I'd recommend this part of the city for its historic value, being that it's the original heart of Panama City. I would also recommend it for it's strange and beautiful graffiti that adorns the walls of many of the buildings.
- Casco ViejoFeb 04, 2014
More than just the historic district, Casco Viejo is also the cultural heart of the city. It is edgy, so if you like cute painted museum-like old quarters then Casco might not be your cup of tea. But if you like authentic places where there is music in the streets and life doesn't revolve around tourists then you'll dig it here. I live in the neighborhood so feel free to send me questions.