A little bit about Boquete

Boquete- a little story

Did you know, there is a little story about Boquete?

Boquete is about a seven-hour drive from Panama City or an hour’s flight from Panama City to Enrique Malek International Airport in the city of David, which is about a 40-minute drive from Boquete.

The climate

The climate in Boquete is one of the reasons people from all over the world make the city their permanent home.

Boquete Visitor Center

At an elevation of nearly 4000 feet above sea level, the climate is cooler and less humid than anywhere else in Panama, with a year-round average temperature of 64°F or 17 C. Abundant rainfall provides the perfect conditions for growing fruits and vegetables.

fruit and vegetables in Boquete

During the rainy season in Boquete, each day follows the same pattern: the morning begins sunny, clouds move in around noon, and there are thunderstorms in the afternoon.

natural resources

The abundance of natural resources is another reason why emigrants are attracted to Boquete. The cloud forests can be admired on a hike or a canopy tour.

The region is home to 250 species of birds, including the quetzal and toucan, 5 species of big cats, and countless other unique animals.

bird in Boquete

The Lost Waterfalls Trail takes you through dense jungle to a series of three spectacular waterfalls.


Boquete is located at the entrance to Volcán Barú National Park, which covers 14,325 hectares. El Explorador Gardens are located just 3 km northeast of Boquete and feature a 2-hectare private garden.

gardens in Boquete



Boquete is home to a large ex-pat community. Here you’ll find many like-minded people to socialize with and many cultural connections in the city.


You’ll find excellent quality, familiar food, and international restaurants here, although prices tend to be a little higher than in other cities in Panama.


Expats meet once or twice a week at expat-run restaurants like Sugar and Spice


sugar and spice in Boquete

and Big Daddy’s.

Big Daddy's. in Boquete

These meetings are posted on the Boquete Community Facebook group.

Boquete is a hotspot for digital nomads thanks to its generally excellent infrastructure. There’s a lively nightlife, massage studios, beauty salons, grocery stores, a flower market, festivals, and access to medical facilities.

flower gardens in Boquete

If you’re interested in volunteering, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, from Amigos De Animales, which provides spay/neuter services, to Casa Esperanza, a non-profit humanitarian organization that fights child labor in Panama, Rotary International, and more.

Boquete’s lifestyle is appealing

The cost of living in Boquete, while more expensive than other inland cities, is still lower than in the United States. A couple can live comfortably here for $1,400 per month.


Quality private clinics with specialists and dentists can take care of any day-to-day health issues. For serious illness or surgery, top-notch medical care is less than an hour away from David.


The city is peaceful and safe. Friendly locals and expatriates generally live a quiet life without crime or intrusion. There’s no need to learn Spanish because almost everyone speaks English.

So much to do

Although Boquete is a mountain town, it’s still close to the beaches. The Pacific coast of Chiriquí has miles of deserted beaches that are great for day trips. The stunning beaches of Bocas del Toro are also just a few hours away.


Popular activities in Boquete include Golf, hiking, bird watching, coffee tours, ziplining and canopy tours, chocolate making, white water rafting, and rock climbing.

golf in Boquete

You can even attend performances by the Boquete Community Players theater group.


The story

A tale about this area that few people know:

Travelers have gone missing in the highlands of Panama for more than 169 years. Long before the canal connected the Atlantic to the Pacific, gold seekers landed on Panama’s Atlantic coast. They were looking for the great gold rush in California, and the quickest way was to cross Panama and take a ship north. These fortune seekers were looking for a gap between two mountain peaks to get to the Pacific Ocean… The area became known as “Boquete”, which simply means “the gap”.

However, not all of the travelers made it to the vessels on the Pacific side…

Some have wondered what might’ve happened to the travelers in the highlands of Panama and why they didn’t make it to California. Even today, people across the Americas are puzzled when friends disappear in Boquete.

The reason for them not getting there hasn’t changed in 169 years. The travelers in Boquete aren’t attacked by bandits or held for ransom by kidnappers.

They’re captured by a beautiful landscape and a friendly community. Once you land in Boquete, you won’t want to leave

boquete arial

Real estate opportunity in Boquete

The real estate market in Boquete is all the rage. Prices can be higher than average due to high demand and low supply of quality… but we have an inside scoop on many projects and properties that will change that.


To learn more about real estate in Boquete or other parts of Panama and find out about the best deals, go to our listings and contact us for more information.



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