Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
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This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Nadya M
    Panama City, Panama3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Go!
    Great views and safe for tourist. There are a lot of restaurants and artesinal shops around. There are also banks and friendly street vendors. Great place to walk around and enjoy the views!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Thuis_in_NL
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to walk around and experience the Casco Viejo atmosphere
    Nice place to walk around and to look for houses and visit church and cathedral. Good view on the Skyline of Panama City as well. The streets are rather narrow, several places where one can drink or eat s.th.. Personal highlight was a visit to the Panama Museum, on the left side of the Cathedral.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Linda P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved Casco Viejo
    Casco Viejo is a wonderful mixture of history, museums and chic restaurants. You can wander through the side streets and dart in and out of shops. There are wonderful hotels and great restaurants tucked away. Lots of indigenous art. Definitely a must for Panama City. The Canal Museum is one of the best ever.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Justintforfun
    Bridgetown, Barbados172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historical area
    This is the old town of Panama city, and is well worth a visit, with very well preserved, or restored old buildings. The area is full of restaurants, bars, and shops. It is well patrolled and safe to walk a boat. From certain points, you can see the ships lined up to enter the canal. They are lovely old church ruins. I have visited many old areas in south, and Central America and I would rate this excellent. The modern Panama City is full of high-rise buildings many of them quite ugly. It is surprisingly large and spread out.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Marjo T
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to stay and visit
    Nice place with lots of places to eat and drink. Friendly people. Nice Christmas decoration and a lot of Christmas lights. Big parking spot around the bay. We stayed here almost a week.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Prema_C
    Mumbai, India972 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well maintained world heritage
    We visited this unesco world heritage site as a part of our tour of the old city. It was impressive and well restored. Many of the churches were beautifully maintained. There were also nativity scenes which were really huge. Must do in Panama City
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Jill
    New Jersey744 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Beautiful old city. There are tons of restaurants and shops to enjoy. But also take some time to just stroll through the old city and enjoy the architecture and the beautiful restorations. We strolled along many empty streets after dinner just enjoying the scenery. Very different from the rest of Panama City.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • Leslie T
    Pinehurst, North Carolina336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See!
    Do not miss seeing this part of history....a real jewel of Panama City. Has the feel of Spain. Watch the sidewalks....some steep drop downs and could be difficult for the elderly. Wish we had more time to spend here.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Randall H
    Georgetown, Guyana145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Casco we love you
    so we decided to do something different this year and head for the warmth of Panama. Got an airbnb right in the heart of casco - literally 1 minute away from Casa casco. Planned to use this as a base to explore Panama city but with the exception of a beach tour to Tobago we just drink and dined at the great restaurants of Casco.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • lucycan
    San Diego, California3,486 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Such a beautiful part of Panama. Its VERY much like New Orleans in the US. Very similar look and feel. Keep in mind this is not really REAL Panama, but it is amazing. I encourage you to explore west of this area, but only during the day.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 5, 2024
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JC R
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Very nice place. Safe, well-kept, lots of stores (although pricy). Definitely tailored for the foreign, non-Spanish speaking visitor. Visit the Mercado de mariscos, one of the most worthy places in the area.
Written May 5, 2024
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Howard S
Albany, NY796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I enjoyed staying in this area as there are many sights and plazas and it does not have the metropolitan feel of the new Panama City, although traffic can be heavy on some of these narrow cobblestone streets.
Written April 28, 2024
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Tracy D
Selma, AL15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Had dinner at Casablanca and was EXCELLENT! Cream corn was DELICIOUS and steak was tender and flavorful. Would Definitely recommend and go back again.
Written April 27, 2024
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William S
Kobe, Japan1,424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We spent 6 days in Casco Viejo during our time in Panama. It is a nice area with quite a few beautiful buildings, a wide variety of shops, some great restaurants and coffee shops, the Panama Canal Museum and plenty of old churches to visit. The streets are clean and safe and the neighbors are friendly. Prices are higher than some other parts of Panama but you get a nice atmosphere in return. I’d recommend staying here but, if you are housed elsewhere, it’s a great place to visit.
Written April 15, 2024
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dmp
Pocono Mountains Region, PA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Casco Viejo is an absolutely beautiful gem of an old town in Panama City, Panama! With its vibrant squares, gorgeous colonial architecture, beautiful churches, plentiful gourmet, restaurants, cafes, and quaint shops, it is a fabulous place to visit.
Written April 12, 2024
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John B
Salt Lake City3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is the historical district and it is certainly worth a visit. In contrast, downtown Panama City is "all business", mostly all skyscrapers, and very little for a tourist to do.

Water is expensive (for water). In the heat of March (when we were there) we drank water like crazy. If you plan to stay for a while get to the El Machetazo supermarket where you can buy water (or other grocery items) much less expensively.
Written April 1, 2024
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MaineTrekker
Peaks Island, ME38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I highly recommend staying at the Hotel Central. It elegant without being too formal, located near tour agencies, restaurants and several musems. The staff is stellar. In particular, Alanys, a server in the dining room for the breakfast buffet, was exceptional--very attentive without being cloying, patient with my elementary Spanish and always cheerful to see me. I'm sure the Hotel Central management recognize her potential and will nuture her career in hospitality. No less friendly and attentive were Josalyn and Walter. Great assets to the hotel staff!! In addition, Josue, my guia and driver did a wonderful job.
Written March 30, 2024
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Geo89_12
Romeoville, IL508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great place to spend an afternoon souvenir shopping while walking around the historic district of Panama City lined with cobblestone street and historic sites. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops as well
Written March 13, 2024
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JAbaum73
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
As a (memorable) feature of our year-long celebration marking 40 years of marriage, Laurie and I spent seven glorious days at Casa Cayuco (Bocas del Toro - separately reviewed). Our final three days were passed in Panama City (Casco Viejo). Our accomodation was in the historic Central Hotel, facing Independence Square and within steps of the Museo del Canal (with its extensive exhibition covering the French and American eras of canal construction). There's lots of cute, narrow streets to explore, swank cocktail bars atop buildings, good eating venues, venerable churches, and views toward the Pacific mouth of the canal with ships in line, standing off shore, awaiting their passage through the isthmus. Looking north from Casco Viejo, over the bay, is another world: a great confluence of modern high rise buildings, a big bow toward Panama's more recent commercial/financial wealth; a striking contrast with the older French and Spanish style buildings that at one time constituted the entirety of Panama City.
Written March 13, 2024
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LorraineNormalHeight
San Diego, California14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Alex was a Great guide through the streets of the Old City! He knew SO much history and answered any questions we asked. It was a hot day but he kept us moving and we stopped for ice cream or shave ice!
Written March 13, 2024
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