The Napa Valley of coffee, the mountain town of Boquete is known throughout Panama for its cool, fresh climate and pristine natural setting. Flowers, coffee, vegetables and citrus fruits flourish in Boquete’s rich soil, and the friendliness of the locals seems to rub off on everyone who passes through.
Boquete would have remained a small town, but gained a deluge of expats after the AARP (American Association for Retired Persons) named it a top retirement spot. With gated communities dotting the hillsides the face of Boquete is slowly being transformed.
Boquete is one of the country’s top destinations for outdoor lovers. It's a hub to hike, climb, raft, visit coffee farms, soak in hot springs, study Spanish or go on a canopy tour. And, of course, there’s nothing quite like starting your day with a glass of freshly squeezed OJ, or perking up with a cup of locally grown coffee.
Boquete destination guides
From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal at the centre of the Americas. Visit gorgeous islands and chill to reggae beats on Caribbean beaches. Search for the quetzal bird in cloud forests and shake your tailfeather in the clubs of Panama City.
Politically stable, economically flourishing and environmentally aware, Costa Rica and Panama are arguably two of Central America's greatest success stories.