If you plan to retire or move to Boquete, our tour is a great choice for you. We spend 2 nights in the fantastic mountain town. There are also 2 other mountain towns that expats are moving to the we visit on the tour, El Valle de Anton, and Santa Fe. It is important when moving to another country to see all that is available. Read this great article about Boquete below, then check out Retire in Panama Tours’s Itinerary.
Boquete, Spanish for gap, or valley, is a charming little town situated in the western-most province of Chiriquí. The town has around 25,000 people living in it and the surrounding area and is one of the best places for expats looking for a peaceful and simple mountain life. About 20% of the population are expats from around the world.
Boquete sits at an elevation of 1200 m (3900 ft), with gives is the most comfortable climate in Panama. Daytime highs of 25° C (77° F) to evening lows of 15° C (60° F), every day of the year. Its seasons are dry from December to April where it will be breezy but very little rain, and April to October, you will see a rain shower in the late afternoon, 3 – 4 times a week, and October and November, can get pretty wet, with Rain most afternoons. It is the rain forest, just look at the greens in the picture above.
In the video below, Oscar shows you around Bouquet.
Boquete has the largest expat community in Panama and is one of the top expat destinations to retire to. With all it has to offer – comfortable climate, lush mountainous backdrop, low cost of living, healthy lifestyle options, and many social events and activities – no wonder it’s one of the top expats havens.
Every Tuesday morning, you can attend the “expat market”, shop for locally grown product, grass feed locally raised beef, see all the handicraft works of the local Panamanian people, and visit and catch up with friends.
Why Retire in Boquete, Panama?
Boquete has fast becoming one of the favorite destinations to retire. Thousands of expats are already enjoying an active, low-cost lifestyle in the area—surrounded by abundant biodiversity, lush rain forests, volcanic peaks, coffee plantations, orchid farms and colorful flower gardens. Every year for 10 days, starting the end of January, Boquete is know for its Flower Festival Fair, attracting over 100,000 visitors from around Panama and the world.
Despite its small size, Boquete has modern grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, restaurants, hardware and department stores, a library, and a gym. This place is perfect for outdoor activities like trekking through the unspoiled wilderness to see sparkling waterfalls and treetops full of exotic birds. This could be the perfect town to retire in.
The best thing about living in Boquete is being able to take advantage of Panama’s Pensionado retirement program, which is one of the best of its kind in the world. To qualify, you only need to have a pension of at least $1,000 per month, and you will receive a host of discounts on your daily living expenses. The cost of living in Boquete is affordable, and a couple can live here from anywhere from $1500 – $2500 a month.
If you love music, art, and culture, then this small town won’t disappoint you. Boquete has recently become the cultural center of western Panama. Retirees who love arts can enroll in numerous drawing and painting classes, join in an art and photography club exhibits, or visit frequently the art exhibits in Boquete Public Library.
Every year Boquete is host to the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in February. This event attracts talent from around the worlds, and for 5 days the town is alive with performances through out the town and at the main venue.
Although prices all around the word have risen, real estate in Boquete is still affordable. You can find a wide range of real estate available depending on your desire. The town features both modern housing and the traditional brightly-painted Panamanian homes. With the help of a reputable Realtor and a little patience, you can find a great deal in real estate.
Climate in Boquete
Ask the local why they love Boquete, they will definitely say it’s the climate! Some people call it “the eternal springtime”, while others simply call it “the perfect climate”.
The secret to Boquete’s exceptional climate is elevation. Nestled on the highlands of Barú Volcano, 3,900 feet above sea level, it’s one of Panama’s highly sought-after spots. With the mountain ranges you have cooler temperatures and plentiful rain all year round, creating a beautiful, lush, and colorful vegetation. Another highlight of this area is the breathtaking bajareque—a mild mist that settles on the hills, usually followed by a rainbow.
These perfect climates are one of the reasons why a lot of expats decide to retire in Boquete. A blanket will keep you cozy on cold nights, and a ceiling fan to keep you cool on warm days. However, most homes have no heating or air conditioning, which implies lower utility bills.
Although Boquete is small, the third largest city in Panama, David, is only a 30 minute drive away. There you can find stores like PriceMart (Costco), Do-It-Center (like Home Depot), movie theaters and more. Right now, the 2nd largest chopping mall is under construction just outside of David, on the via Boquete highway. It is schedule for completion, late 2019.
So, if you are interested in retiring in Boquete, come book one of our tours, and we will show you around.
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