thanks for the input....Please don't think my trip was anything but totally enjoyable and not disappointing at all. I guess by seeing pictures of Panama City with it's impressive skyline, I was surprised to see so many small structures tucked among the glass towers. And being a city boy, I should be used to seeing garbage in the streets. The biggest confusion (for us) is that my partner and I are trying to imagine what our needs and wants will be as retired people 6 to 10 years from now. We vacillate from saying we want a view of the water (not necessarily waterfront, just a view) to saying a cityscape is cool and walkable. We live in the city now and don't get to theatres (movie or live) often at all, so is the need for them later on just an aspiration of mine.? On top of our wants (and needs) lies the necessity of renting out our purchase for the duration until we actually can use our place. That leans us towards the City. Honestly we both like El Cangrejo and Casco Viejo a lot!!! I liked the neighborhood and walkability of Cangrejo and well Casco Viejo, the restaurants and plaza's were exceptional, along with the architecture. I loved that they were bringing the cinta Cintero (is that right) up to Casco Viejo since I can see myself taking a very long walk or bike ride along the water from Viejo to the other end of the city. Funny you mentioned Altos Del Maria, the other couple we traveled with looked there so we got to see the area....very pretty and amazing views, but a little too suburban for my liking. I was confused with Coronado...Being a large expat community, I couldn't find a main road or street through it and we ended up on this back road that was EXTREMELY rough and torn up. Because of this, I don't think I got the real picture of Coronado, but the other couple drove and none of us really knew where we were going. They mentioned an area called Playa Blanca, what are your thoughts on that area??
Anyway, we hooked up with a realtor and I think we're focusing on the areas mentioned above; Cangrejo and Viejo. My opinion is that Viejo is a better investment as to the amount of work being done there. I see another trip in the future to get a better handle on it. Now that I have a vision of Panama, I can make the next trip more with my eyes open as I will know what to expect. Thanks again for the information and assistance and we have a feeling that in ten years Chorillo will be a demand real estate area. I just found it funny that we were told to avoid the area by you and a few other people. And we kept driving into it (by mistake)....oh well, at least I can say I saw it. In fact we ate at a restaurant on 11th and it was fine walking there. A sure sign that Viejo is expanding.