The latest hot retirement destination amongst Canadian and American expats. In fact, they make up about 15% of the town’s small population. Geographically, Boquete is quite stunning, with mountains, rivers, orchards, volcanoes, and a wide assortment of wildlife on the hills surrounding it. While it’s not the first place I’d go to meet women, the nature and scenery make it well worth a trip!
WEATHER IN BOQUETE, PANAMA
A cool, mountain climate (14-19 °C). Rainy season June-October.
Volcan Baru. Make sure you do it on a clear day though so you get the view. Tallest point in Panama.
IS BOQUETE SAFE?
Boquete is almost certainly safer than where you are currently living.
DATING IN BOQUETE
Young women in Boquete are more conservative than they are in Panama City, and they all live at home with their families. I’d be surprised to see it go past a grade school style makeout session on the dancefloor.
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WOMEN IN BOQUETE
Not enough to go around, and the majority aren’t very pretty. Girls from Boquete are very sweet and down to earth though.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN BOQUETE
Not cheap. The number of expats here has legitimately raised rent prices! It’ll be $600 minimum for renting a small house in Boquete.
NIGHTLIFE IN BOQUETE
Aside from American style restaurants, there are really only two bars in Boquete: Zanzibar and La Cabana. I wouldn’t bother with either of them, but I’m obliged to recommend one. Nightlife in Boquete ain’t great. It’s a retirement destination.
I recommend: La Cabana. Because it’s your only option. You’ll be grotesquely outnumbered by dudes.
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COST OF LIVING IN BOQUETE
You’ll need a minimum of about $1200 USD per month to live reasonably comfortably in Boquete, Panama
Perform housekeeping or other household tasks for retired expats.
You’re probably wondering why in God’s name I bothered to include a Boquete city guide if its women and nightlife are so lackluster. Well, I’ll tell you why. Life isn’t all about hooking-up and getting drunk. Boquete is far and away the best adventure tourism destination in the entire country, so it’s worth checking out. Also, if you go to Panama everyone will have expected you to go to Boquete, so you best not disappoint them!
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
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