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The Change of Seasons has Started, and the Boquete Park

Last Updated on June 18, 2023 by Retire in Panama

20230312 081513 Panama has two seasons, the dry (windy), January through March, and the rainy (green) season, April through November. In the dry season, the winds vary from breezy to sometimes very windy in the mountains. The rainy season is typically progressive, starting in April with 2 – 3 days a week, a late afternoon shower, to October/November, where you will get 5 – 7 days a week with some rain, still mainly in the afternoon, but in these months it starts earlier.

The changes in seasons typically start in mid-December and mid-March. You will see the word typically a lot when you see Panama weather discusses, as the weather does not seem as constant as it once was.

After living in Panama for 11 years, in the Boquete area, the weather change happens the same way every year from the dry to the rainy season; this year, it seems a bit early. On Tuesday, we were on our Retire in Panama tour with a group, arriving in Boquete to a low, ominous overcast sky. It remained overcast all day and also on Wednesday. 

On Thursday, the weather did not know what to do; but we could hear distant thunder in the late afternoon, still no rain. The sun returned Friday morning, only to cloud over in the afternoon and bring us our first 30-minute late afternoon rainfall. The same pattern happened Saturday.

For me, this is the best time of year. No wind, and short late afternoon showers a few times a week to keep everything green and lush.20230312 080805

I moved into Boquete town a few months ago, living close to the new Boquete Park. This is quite the project, and I wanted to make people who live in or near Boquete and those of you considering moving here aware of it. And the best time to do it would be at the change of seasons after the first rains when everything has started looking green again.

The name of the park is Parque Biblioteca Boquete (Boquete Library Park). It is 8.2 hectares (20 acres) of parkland, walking/running paths, water, family & picnic areas, and more. It is approximately 2/3 complete, with the 13 acres of area on the left on the map below 100% complete with paved paths and stoned walkways.

The seven acres on the right of the map are under development now and are accessible, but make sure you have good walking shoes, and some paths are gravel and dirt still.

There is a 1/2 km asphalt running path and three additional km of waking paths. The park is now home to many ducks, and the man-made lakes are fed with live river water and are stocked with koi and some other fish.

Boquete Park Map

What I like most about the park is its natural beauty. Unlike parks in Canada that I was used to, like Stanly Park in Vancouver, where every path, trail, and piece of grass was professionally manicured, Boquete park is much more raw and natural.  

The map above shows you the location in town, and it is open from 6 am to 5:30 pm. After you visit the park, stop by Don Quike Bakery for some delicious bagels or other treats; I am eating a bagel as I write this.

Enjoy the slide show below; pictures were taken on my morning Boquete park walk on March 12, 2023.

Another significant development happening in Panama is the Puerto Armuelles’ Cinta Costera Project. This beach promenade is being built in the town, with construction just starting. This will bring a lot of interest back into this Panama Town. It is nice to see developments like this in Panama happen, and we need more like it.

Of course, Panama City has it’s well know Cinta Costera, which is simply amazing for the City and enjoyed by many of its residents.

The Boquete Library Park should be an example of what can be done in the communities throughout Panama. It would be great to see spaces like the Boquete park be built in other communities in Panama to showcase their towns and give their residents a great place to exercise, hang out, and spend time with family. We must congratulate Boquete’s mayor, Joswar Alvarado, Boquete Library Foundation, and all others involved in this excellent project.

 

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9 Comments

  1. The park is just beautiful, can’t wait to see it in person. I am hoping to be living in the area in the next few months. Getting the house ready to sell now.. Can’t wait.

  2. Thanks for the pictures of the new park. I stayed in Alto Boquete in December 2019. I enjoy reading your articles.

  3. Beautiful park , thanks Rod. The house has been on the market for a long week and can’t wait to move there. My 2 rescue dogs are going to love it too!

  4. Wow! What a dreamy place! Thank you for your article. I’ve signed up for the Retire in Panama series.

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