Top things to do

Top Choice Mediterranean in Volcán

Cerro Brujo

A gourmet restaurant in a funky country house with garden seating. The chalkboard menu offers just three or four daily options. Gregarious owner-chef Patti Miranda's mouthwatering creations use organic and local ing…
Top Choice International in Boquete

Hotel Panamonte Restaurant

This sophisticated restaurant has a long-standing reputation. Chef Charlie Collins takes a modern approach, exquisitely preparing everything from smoked pork chops with a rum glaze to fresh salad in blackberry vinai…
Top Choice Italian in Boquete

Retrogusto

At this new Italian farm-to-table restaurant, it's a struggle not to order everything on the menu, it all looks and smells so good. But you can't go astray starting with stuffed mushrooms or an exuberant salad. Horm…
Top Choice International in Boquete

Colibri

Run by a warm Italian couple from Padua, this farm-to-table restaurant serves up fresh and delicious meals. The menu items are a real fusion between local and international, with gorgeous beef salad with passionfrui…
Top Choice Seafood in Boquete

Boquete Fish House

One of our favorite places in Boquete for great seafood is this fish house along the Quebrada Grande. It offers sea bass prepared in eight different ways – from the delightful version that's steamed and wrapped in l…
National Park in Highlands

Parque Nacional Volcán Barú

Volcán Barú is Panama's only volcano and the dominant geographical feature of western Panama. It is no longer active but has seven craters and its summit, at 3474m, is the highest point in Panama. On clear days it a…
Workshop in Volcán

Arte Cruz

On the west side of Hwy 41, some 3.5km south of Volcán, you’ll spot this workshop where master carver and artist José de la Cruz González makes and sells exquisite signs, sculptures and furniture in mahogany and oth…
Gardens in Guadalupe

Finca Dracula

This orchid sanctuary, 500m from the center beyond the landmark Los Quetzales Ecolodge & Spa, is one of Latin America’s finest orchid collections, with some 2600 species cultivated here. The extremely knowledgea…
Italian in Volcán

La Carbonera

A surprising find some 3km along the road heading northeast to Cerro Punta, this authentic Italian eatery serves excellent pasta and pizza as well as chicken breast in white wine and pork fillet with tomato relish. …
Pizza in Boquete

APizza

Crisp thin-crust Neapolitan pies are the simple stars of this casual eatery. They're made from local mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes and flour imported from the home country. Local Italians say it's the best in tow…