CASCO VIEJO...and the City of Panamá
Casco Viejo is a unique place. If you have visited San Juan, in Puerto Rico, you will find Casco Viejo to be similar. Casco Viejo has narrow brick streets, beautiful colonial balconies, and the beautiful Presidential Palace (where you can visit on a guided tour at no charge, prior reservations required). Casco Viejo is a small town, surrounded by the ocean, with all kinds of restaurants and picturesque arts and crafts stores.
At the end of Casco Viejo, by the Pacific Ocean, you can walk by the "Bóvedas", which is magnificent old fort used by Spaniards against pirates. Is also a landmark used by our grandparents, as a place to meet young people, or walk with someone "special" (with chaperones). In addition to this, it has an excellent view of the city of Panamá.
Close by is the recently inaugurated "Cinta Costera #3", which is an absolutely beautiful boulevard by the bay. You can either drive, walk or go biking, ending in the Bridge of the Américas, at the entrance of the Panamá Canal.
As you move forward a few kilometers, you can go to the causeway. This is another beautiful place also surrounded by the ocean on both sides. There are bike and skate rentals, a cruise terminal, several restaurants, hotels and many other amenities.
´The city of Panamá is a very cosmopolitan city, and you will find anything and everything...like a mini New York. For all the tastes and budgets.
There are many neighborhoods in the city that are very attractive to visitors, like San Francisco, with the only major community park; Altos del Golf; Cangrejo; El Carmen; Punta Paitilla and Punta Pacífica are some of the better known, surrounded by several very modern malls.
You may also want to use the recently inaugurated modern Metro..(subway) that ends at the very well known Albrook Mall. Price (after June 1, 2014) will be $0.35 (and you need to purchase a card at the station).
To answer the question: What is like to live in the city of Panamá?".... it´s wonderful .