Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
4.5
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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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  • David L
    Atlanta, Georgia149 contributions
    Lovely Colonial Quarter
    We just came back from Panama City. Our expectations for the Casco Viejo were for it to be similar to Old San Juan. We actually enjoyed it a lot more. The architecture is beautiful (a bit more diverse than OSJ). And while Casco Viejo doesn't have big attractions like the two forts in OSJ, it felt more charming. I think part of it is that OSJ is very much a cruise destination with thousands of passengers visiting for the day each day. Casco Viejo doesn't have the same touristy feel (like it would empty out each night at 5pm). That's not to say that we don't also like OSJ, but this was a real treat.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 30 December 2022
  • Adam R
    Potomac, Maryland50 contributions
    Absolutely Beautiful Restoration of the old city
    Casca Veijo is filled with restaurants, rooftop bars, historical sites, churches, stately government buildings, etc. all in a remarkably restored, colorful, charming old city. Highly recommend roaming the streets and taking in this beautiful landmark.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 1 January 2023
  • Ed W
    Alto Boquete, Panama4 contributions
    Casco Viejo New Years 2023
    A great place to explore and get a taste of Panamanian history or buy a few trinkets. We visited during the New Years holiday, so tourists were plentiful, but no so crowded as to feel so. Visited during daylight hours and never felt that personal security was an issue. Plenty of photo ops.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2023
  • fefa1986
    Seattle, Washington359 contributions
    Old town
    Beautiful and very full of history old town. You get to see an extremely beautiful building some of the just ruins but still beautiful. Many nice restaurants and caffee. Lot if store to get souvenirs. Check in a day and night time. Beautiful sunset to see
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 January 2023
  • Rochelle F
    Randolph, New Jersey973 contributions
    Interesting to walk around
    Casco Viejo is a total mix of renovated and beautiful buildings with balconies that are so nice to look at. On the same block, there are also buildings which Are crumbling or need work so the city is a work in progress. Lots of shops,line the street with mainly goods for tourists. There are also a number of restaurants That are nice (don’t miss Fonda lo que hay which serves elevated street food). The Plazas- Herrera, Independencia are nice to sit and people watch We did not take a guided tour but have walked around a few different days. There seem to be some nice hotels also (although it is noisy here - a con) but certainly lively with plenty of restaurants and places to get a drink-pro).
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2023
  • SteveB6622802
    Harrisonburg, Virginia13 contributions
    Old Town
    Our guide took us on a driving tour of the old town in Panama City. Since we were limited for time, we only got out once to visit a few buildings and plazas. We'd return to spend more time and hope to in the future.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 16 January 2023
  • Novo world Travel
    Hialeah, Florida50 contributions
    Picturesque Old age city
    Picturesque, old age city with great food and rooftop bars. The city is being restored beautifully. The churches are beautiful inside and out. Balconies with beautiful metals and flowers . Downtown views from rooftops are amazing. Price is pretty much like the US. Stayed at the Central Panamá Hotel.. location, cleanliness , comfort, and charming.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2023
  • Trini_Travelista
    Trinidad351 contributions
    Get transported back to the past
    One can definitely get lost wandering these streets with all of the little quaint shops and restaurants. You can typically see a lot of tourists wandering the streets and weaving in and out of the buildings. There is always some activity happening and we were lucky to catch the Lunar new year celebrations during our time.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 29 January 2023
  • coldfootwpulses
    Redondo Beach, California351 contributions
    Underwhelmed
    really quite underwhelmed by casco viejo. it sure had a lot of interesting history and buildings. there were a few ruins/churches. at this point it's pretty much a tourist trap. sadly, if this is the second best destination panama city has, it's a problem. i even took a walking tour for 3 hours. could have been done in one and half.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 31 January 2023
  • SoCalTravelGal2
    3 contributions
    Beautiful
    I had read online that it's difficult to drive in this area, so I left the rental car at the hotel and took an Uber. All you have to do is enter "Casco Viejo" into the Uber destination, and your driver will know where to go. Uber is also super cheap in Panama! I had also read online that you can do a self-guided walking tour, so I didn't arrange a guided tour, and I was really glad because the entire area is posted with self-guided tour signs that are very easy to follow. We got there early in the morning (8 am) on a Monday, and it was not crowded or hot. We really enjoyed walking around on our own and seeing all the beautiful sights. It was safe and clean. When we were finished, we simply hailed a taxi (they are everywhere). It definitely helps if you can speak a little Spanish to communicate with the taxi drivers. Overall excellent experience!
    Visited January 2023
    Written 1 February 2023
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Prema_C
Mumbai, India856 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
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
Written 4 December 2023
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Marjo T
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
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.
Written 23 November 2023
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joe t
Newhall2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
White glove service beyond our expectations. Old Town, modern feel. Excellent food with unbelievable quality and service. Safe and secure
Written 14 October 2023
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ellaharvey
Arlington, VA18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
One of the TOP places to visit in Panamá City. Lots of history and culture, museums, shops and greta restaurants. The area is very safe and has great views of the city skyline.
Written 14 October 2023
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James W
Vero Beach, FL18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wonderful city to explore and so many quaint shops, coffee bars and restaurants. Came here every day this week while we were staying downtown.
Written 12 October 2023
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Jaesmom
West Orange, NJ30 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
You must add a visit to the old city to your visit. The French and Spanish architecture is beautiful. Although the area has seen a lot of gentrification, you can find pockets of true authentic buildings. A walk through lovers lane on the waterfront by the new Sofitel hotel is a must, the views are amazing
Written 4 October 2023
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Justintforfun
Bridgetown, Barbados170 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 3 October 2023
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Cosmopolitan762950
Newark, DE8 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Casco Viejo aka "Old Town" is a beautiful historical town, heavily influenced by French and Spanish. Very safe BUT outside the border west side of town is very run down and dangerous according to police, l would not go outside the "border" of this Casco Viejo area, day or night
Written 1 October 2023
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Linda P
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 14 August 2023
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Brian J
Dublin, Ireland35 contributions
Jul 2023
Such a cool area - amazing bars & restaurants, great architecture, a fascinating Panama Canal museum (more interesting than visiting the Canal itself honestly), plus many historical sites.
Written 11 August 2023
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