Panama City: Places to Explore

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  • Casco Viejo

    Panama City's historic quarter is known as the Casco Viejo (pronounced CAS-coh Bee-EH-hoh), which translates as "old shell." It's spread over a small point in the city's southeast corner, where timeless... Read more

  • Cerro Ancón, Balboa, and the Calzada de Amador

    For the better part of the 20th century, the area to the west of Casco Viejo held the border between the American Canal Zone and Panama City proper, and it continues to be an area of stark contrasts. The... Read more

  • Downtown Panama City

    The area northeast of the old city, stretching from the neighborhoods of El Cangrejo to Punta Paitilla, is where you'll find most of the city's office towers, banks, hotels, restaurants, and shops. As... Read more

  • Parque Natural Metropolitano, Miraflores, and Summit

    The area to the north of Balboa, which was also part of the American Canal Zone, has undergone considerable development since being handed over. The former U.S. Army airfield of Albrook is now Panama City's... Read more

  • Playa Kobbe (Playa Bonita)

    With a long beach on a cove of calm water backed by tropical forest, Playa Kobbe is a lovely spot. It is the closest beach to Panama City, less than 20 minutes from downtown. Since Kobbe Beach lies on... Read more

  • San Francisco and Panamá Viejo

    The coast to the east of Punta Paitilla has a growing supply of condominium towers, but just behind them lies the residential neighborhood of San Francisco, which has some up-scale streets and a growing... Read more

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