At first sight, the old quarter down at the waterfront can seem worn down and very dodgy. Demolished buildings, empty lots, barbed wires, and scruffy looking people, but good thing are also happening. Historical houses are getting restored, great eateries are around the corner, police patrol the streets and local people are still hanging out on their balconies playing dominoes or singing along to some Latino tunes. It is place full of local character and very different from the flashy skyline of modern Panama city which is towering just across the bay. But beware of how far you venture off, for some of the most scary neighbourhoods are just a couple of blocks away.