A Perfect Day in Panama City

Photograph by Tito Herrera for TIME

Soak up the atmosphere in the Casco Viejo, Panama City's old quarter and home to both historic architecture and a lively restaurant-and-bar scene

Panama City is rapidly emerging as Central America's Pacific-front boomtown. Already blessed with a UNESCO-lauded Old City (the Casco Viejo), a tower-filled skyline, an economy-boosting $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion program and a vibrant culinary scene, Panama City is now beefing up its cultural bona fides with the arrival of the first ever International Film Festival of Panama (iffpanama.org). Running from April 26 to May 2, and launched by a founder of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, the event will include some 50 screenings, myriad panels and workshops and a week's worth of parties and premieres. In between,...

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