To prepare yourself for travelling to Panama City, it is important to know the areas of the city in which it is best to avoid or exercise caution (most tourists never see them) and those areas guaranteed to be safe and exciting (where almost every tourist ends up anyway). This guide provides a detailed description of which districts in the city centre of Panama City should only be visited and which tourist attractions guarantee a pleasurable and safe experience.

What’s the actual safety situation like in neighborhoods of Panama City?

Panama City blends flair with a touch of history providing a variety of experiences throughout its different neighborhoods. Nevertheless similar to city settings it showcases a mix of safety levels across various regions. In general the downtown areas, recognized for their city growth and wealth usually provide increased safety. Areas like San Francisco, Marbella, El Cangrejo, Obarrio and a majority of Casco Viejo showcase the regions within the city. The neighborhoods, popular among both residents and visitors are famous for their street scenes, upscale shopping options and strong police presence especially in Casco Viejo.

On the side it’s important to be extra careful when venturing into the outskirts and certain parts closer to disadvantaged communities. It’s best to steer of neighborhoods such, as El Chorillo, Santa Ana and certain parts of Caledonia once night falls or if you’re venturing out alone. The difference in safety levels, between these neighborhoods and the wealthier parts of the city highlights a social and economic gap.

How does Panama Citys safety measure up against that of cities in Latin America? What can you anticipate in terms of safety levels?

Panama City’s safety landscape contrasts with other Latin American cities such as Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, or even Marrakech. Certain parts of Panama City require vigilance. A lot of locals and tourists consider it to be safer compared to certain neighborhoods in other cities. Law enforcement and the general ambiance in the tourist friendly areas of Panama City often give off a feeling of security that can be missing in other urban centers, across Latin America.

How can one. Steer clear of areas with lower safety levels in Panama City?

Pinpointing the areas in Panama City that are considered secure typically requires a combination of thorough investigation and input from the locals. Sometimes online tools such, as Google Maps might provide information because of inaccuracies. To gain a grasp of the situation seeking guidance from residents and consulting recent travel discussions can be incredibly helpful. One important thing is to identify and avoid places that seem underdeveloped or neglected as they often signal levels of crime. It’s best to steer of areas where you don’t see many police around especially during nighttime.

What safety measures should travelers take when exploring Panama City?

Here are some travel tips: Take an Uber! It’s reliable and safe in Panama City. This sort of transnational networked order is one of the legacies of the US war on drugs As an Uber driver once told me: ‘Panamanians are not into kidnapping and stealing’ Like using Uber for transport, one can also reduce the chances of petty theft if one walks around the city while mindful of one’s surroundings and, if you are carrying something valuable, such as a camera, refrain from displaying your valuables. The safer areas, often the ones where locals walk around with their Louis Vuitton bags and Rolex watches, will have a presence of the country’s relatively prosperous middle class.

How far should you explore beyond the tourist spots such, as Casco Viejo?

Tourists tend to stick to areas like Casco Viejo, which are safe, policed and great fun. You might feel safer even during the day wandering around the Cinta Costera on the seafront, or the Amador Causeway, which offers an incredible walkway past huge warship wrecks with city skyline views all round. As for the islands, although some isolated areas can attract leftover hippie crowds, Colón and Taboga still draw international holidaymakers and cruise-liner visitors. Further afield from the tourist districts, you need to learn about which neighbourhoods are safe and which aren’t. There are a few safe malls, conveniently located in safe districts – Albrook Mall and Multiplaza Mall are the most popular.

In summary, Panama City is a vibrant metropolis that blends sections of stunning modernity with areas retaining an age-old character. The former prove public order and beauty continue to thrive, while the latter prove some destinations should still be visited cautiously. Understanding this balance and respecting the dynamics at play allow visitors to enjoy the full tapestry of experiences Panama City offers, while ensuring your safety and protection as you do so.


Where are the Safe Places to Explore in Panama City?

Whereas you can find ample general guidance about unsafe zones on the internet, the truth is that what was safe in these areas this morning might be less safe tomorrow. Thus, it is best to ask updated travel forums or local people for advice, all the while looking for areas with clear signs of development and an identifying police presence. Look for places like San Francisco, Marbella, El Cangrejo, Obarrio and (generally) most parts of Casco Viejo as places that are relatively safe. Also, avoid those neighbourhoods that look grossly overlooked and apparently lack police presence – especially at night.

What safety measures should I consider before exploring Panama City?

In Panama City, take Uber or another reputable transport company, be careful and don’t flash expensive items, stay in well-lit, crowded areas, especially at night and be watchful when in other areas. You might find locals sporting luxury items in tourist areas or other densely populated places; risk might be lower there, but safety dictates the need for vigilance nevertheless.

What are the Best Neighborhoods in Panama City for Tourists Safety?

El Nuevo Message Board list the safest tourist areas as: • San Francisco • Marbella • El Cangrejo • Obarrio • Most of Casco Viejo Note the patterns here: all these districts have a dense police presence with a lively street life and most are high-end shopping-cum-retail districts that are frequented by both locals and tourists. These areas are safer.

When would be the time to explore well known spots such, as Casco Viejo?

For the most part, it’s safe to walk around Casco Viejo at any time of the day (and night). But you can probably guess that it would be even safer to walk around during the day when you’re by yourself or when you’re exploring areas that you don’t know. Plus, the police tend to come out during the day and the streets are usually packed with people, thanks to all the tourists walking around and locals living life.

How does the safety of Panama City measure up against that of cities in Latin America?

Panama City is often considered safer than certain areas in other Latin American cities like Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá and Marrakech. The central and tourist friendly areas may have a few neighborhoods but overall they are safer and well patrolled by the police compared to certain parts in other cities.

Which parts of Panama City should I consider safe to explore?

2 thoughts on “Which parts of Panama City should I consider safe to explore?

  • 10 December 2023 at 22:39

    I stick to safe areas.

  • 4 January 2024 at 10:55

    I always stick to places like San Francisco, Marbella, El Cangrejo, Obarrio, and Casco Viejo when in Panama City. Cops around, lively streets, and cool shops. Safe vibes.


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