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Casco Viejo Named ‘Latin America’s Most Stylish Destination’

Conde Nast Traveler, one of the most prestigious travel magazines in the world, loves Casco Viejo, Panama City’s beautiful historic district. “The cobblestoned colonial quarter is hotter than ever,” the magazine proclaims in a new article titled, “Why Panama City’s Casco Viejo Is Latin America’s Most Stylish Destination.”

In fact, Traveler appears to love Panama City, in general.

“Today, the ocCasco-Antiguo-Panama-City-JoeBaureanside capital has emerged as a financial and logistics hub with a glittering new skyline of glass-and-steel towers to rival Miami’s,” author Paul Brady writes. He interviews filmmaker Stephen Ringer, who found many elements of the city’s charms.

“Panama City is a town made for the passeggiata—just walking the streets, you get this feeling of being in a John le Carré novel,” Ringer says.

 

But more than anything the article is a wonderful exploration of the energy, vitality and overall coolness of Casco, which really is one of the special neighborhoods of the world.

“One place driving the city’s turnaround right now is the still-gritty but relentlessly atmospheric Casco Viejo,” Brady write, “the pastel-hued, colonial-era quarter less than two miles from the canal where foreigners and locals alike are giving new life to neglected real estate.”Casco-Antiguo_027

The article really captures the excitement and fun that can be found in Panama City. And it correctly notes that it is a much different city than 10 years ago—a city full of vigor, style and, most of all, opportunity.

Traveler even curated its own soundtrack for Panama City, “a city on the rise” (Click to open Spotify)

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Read the full article here.