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Panama City’s Casco Viejo district was founded in 1674 after Pirate Captain Henry Morgan ransacked and burned down the original location. This developed into a beautiful Spanish colonial town which was then abandoned over time as residents moved into modern Panama City. A little over ten years ago, much of this area was still in ruins and many of the parts you can now walk through today were former dangerous “red zones.”

The Casco Viejo that you walk through today is safe and charming. Many of the deteriorating buildings have been restored to their former glory and are filled with cafes, street art, and new brick streets. You’ll find that it’s peaceful and quiet during the day and then comes alive at night once all of Panama City’s locals head to visit Casco’s trendy rooftop bars and epic parties.

As a visitor to Panama City, I recommend staying in this neighborhood if you can (most people that didn’t wish they had). The great thing about staying here is that you also have an array of stuff to do within a 12 block radius. And luckily as a visitor, you can feel like a local by staying in an apartment in this charming neighborhood. Staying in an apartment has an array of benefits like a full kitchen, larger space, and it’s usually a lot cheaper than a hotel room (but you will have to make your own bed in the morning). Here are the most gorgeous apartments available in Casco Viejo that you can actually stay in and get a glimpse of what life is like in the historic district.

Casco Penthouse | BOOK NOW

Starting at $325/night – 7 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 3.5 baths

The Casco Viejo Penthouse has to be one of the most impressive properties available in the neighborhood. It has two bedrooms but can fit up to seven people with sofa beds in the common areas. Each space has been creatively designed and features tons of local artwork throughout the space. The highlight is definitely the outdoor area which features a small pool (shown in the feature photo), hammocks, and plenty of seating.

Gorgeous terrace | BOOK NOW

Starting at $125/night – 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath

This apartment in the historic district is straight out of a magazine and offers a huge private terrace & jacuzzi perfect for sunbathing. The building also has a larger swimming pool you can use as well as top notch service from the staff. 

La Casa del Embajador | BOOK NOW

Starting at $250/night – 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths

This apartment is one of the newest in Casco and has been designed to perfection. With 2 bedrooms, a large open kitchen, and a rooftop terrace equipped with a small pool – it’s the ultimate place to stay.

Casa Maralta | BOOK NOW

Starting at $90/night – 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath

Casa Maralta is a great value in Casco Viejo, especially with being able to access a rooftop and jacuzzi in the building. The layout of the apartment is a totally open floor plan where the bedroom, living room, and kitchen flow together.

La Isabela Suites | BOOK NOW

Starting at $155/night4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 2 baths

The luxurious La Isabela Suites offers the convenience of a full apartment with the amenities of a hotel. Guests can benefit from 24-hour concierge assistance, full spa services, massage, a gourmet chef that cooks in their suite, a food shopping service, and a driver.

Casa Casco Amigos | BOOK NOW

Starting at $234/night – 7 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 3 baths

Located by the French Embassy in Casco Viejo in the absolute safest and most prestigious area of Panama City, Casa Casco Amigos is a 3 level, 3 bedroom 351 square meter house with a roof terrace and a garden terrace which can sleep 9.

Cheap & Chic | BOOK NOW

Starting at $33/night – 2 guests · Studio · 1 bed · 1 bath

The studio apartment is located in Santa Ana on Avenida Central, a lively pedestrian street just a 4-minute walk from the trendy Casco Viejo historic district. The open floor plan includes a full-size bed, sofa, small dining table/desk, kitchen, and bathroom. There is no AC but a ceiling fan and dual blade window fan keep the place cool. This is NOT a neighborhood for people that want a polished experience of Panama- there are plenty of options in Casco Viejo if you’re looking for that.


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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 10+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. I now rotate between living in Panama City, Bogotá, and Lima. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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