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Kevin Garcia of Panama Sol Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Street in Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAny place that an expat or tourist would go in Casco Viejo, Panama is safe because Casco Viejo is a famous, well known and important tourist destination.  Casco Viejo cannot risk developing a reputation of being unsafe because it would cut down tourism, which is one of the main sources of income there. 
 
In addition, the Presidential Palace is located in Casco Viejo. The President spends a lot of time there, which also adds to the security in the area.
 
(Ciobblestone street in Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
Maria Suarez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
A long time ago, Casco Viejo was not considered safe at all because a lot of the buildings here used to be abandoned and not taken care of. Several people started living in the empty buildings and gangs started to form there but around 15 years ago, they started fixing Casco Viejo and it started to boom. They went on to develop Casco Viejo. The people who live there knew the value of their properties so they started restoring them and a lot of people also bought properties in Casco Viejo, which they also restored. The government offices that occupy some of the buildings in Casco Viejo also did restorations so real estate prices started going up.
 
The presidential police have also started protecting Casco Viejo. Some of the gangs were evacuated from the buildings they had occupied so it became safer.
 
There is a very nice hotel nearby called American Trade Hotel. That building was considered very dangerous around 10 years ago. You cannot even come close to it because it was occupied by a very dangerous gang. Now, the government took out the gang that occupied that building. Somebody bought the building, restored it, and it is now a very beautiful hotel.
 
Some of the gang members who used to live there have gone to rehab and have changed lives that now, they are doing the tours here in Casco Viejo, which is perfect because they can share the other face of Casco Viejo based on their experiences. They will tell you how the gangs were and what they used to do but they are good people now. 
 
The last two presidents of Panama have beefed up the security in Casco Viejo. There are more policemen assigned in this area of Panama, who are going around Casco Viejo. We also have community police that goes to each business and gather information and check if everything is going fine. They also give their hotline numbers just in case anybody needs to contact them. There is definitely police visibility in all the streets of Casco Viejo. 
 
I feel safe walking around by myself here in Casco Viejo. I go out to buy my lunch. I go to the tiendas (small stores) to buy some chips or snacks and I feel safe even on my own.  
Miriam Ortiz of Casco Antiguo Spanish School – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Casco Viejo is a really safe town to take long walks, visit the museums or take beautiful photographs. It's probably the oldest town in Panama City, since the 1600's until today. You can visit different cafes, stores and our white house located inside Casco
Reginald Flagg of Magnolia Inn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I would put Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama, in the safest category.  We have walked the streets at all hours of the day and night.  Nothing will happen to you.  However you do need to maintain your vigilance.  Don't put on your biggest diamond earrings and flash cash around. Just like anywhere else in the world, you need to be careful.
 
Patrizia Pinzon of Arco Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I remember when back in 2005 police would actually stop you at Plaza Herrera if they felt you were a tourist and would tell you "not to be there" because "it wasn´t safe".  Today the Casco Viejo quarter of Panama City, Panama is the very axis of tourism, with places like Barlovento and restaurants like Puerta de Tierra and Clementinas making a name for themselves. Now people won´t even think twice about it, they walk back and forth, the route including now places like the recently restored Teatro Amador in Santa Ana (where nobody used to go before). So the borders keep changing and expanding. I don´t classify Casco into the "tourism" area, because that would imply that we have "the rest" area. This is just Casco. Would I go into Santa Ana at 12 at night wearing diamonds? No. But I would definitely wear nice stuff to go to Clementinas and Barlovento, safe as it can be, and they are both located on 11th street. Even by Terraplen, where Habana Panama and La Rana Dorada is, now has Capital Bistro. It used to be considered "red area" and is now the number one spot to go and dance salsa.  Next year, when all the hotels in Plaza Herrera open, the change will be substantial. Exciting times ahead!
Bill Hamilton of Bill Hamilton – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Casco Viejo, a neighborhood of Panama City, Panama is safe if you stay in the tourist areas.  There are many police patrolling as the presidential palace is located there.  As within any area it is always advisable to conceal any jewels that you may be wearing. The area between the Casco Viejo and the fish market can be a little risky.  Other than that it is safe.
 
 
 
 

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