The Ultimate Travel Guide To Boquete Panama

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Boquete is a quaint mountain town in the Chiriqui Province in western Panama with small-town charm. It has become a popular destination for both tourists and expats because of it’s cooler climate, endless outdoor activities, beautiful flowers and pristine natural landscapes everywhere you look.  We have compiled a list of accommodations, things to do, and restaurants in “The Ultimate Travel Guide To Boquete Panama” blog post.

We felt the small-town feel immediately after arriving in Boquete when we went to the local organic market where we were welcomed by the owner and the owner of the local sandwich shop from down the street. They were chatting while we were filming, and immediately they offered us loads of information about the town, what to do, where to eat, the restaurant owner ended by inviting us to her restaurant so she could tell us more about how much she loved Boquete.  

Boquete is the number one place Americans come to retire in Panama. Boquete is considered one of the best places to retire due to its mild weather, friendly people, and cost of living. Americans own many of the shops and restaurants in town. Boquete is pronounced “bow-ket-tay.” I put this pronunciation in the blog post because I was saying it wrong. lol

We stayed in Boquete after a ten-day stay in Bocas del Toro and a month-long stay in Costa Rica. Boquete was a welcome reprieve from the hot, humid weather of our last few months of travel. The air was crisp, clean and cooler and we loved it!!

“I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it.”

When Is The Best Season To Go To Boquete?

Boquete is a year-round destination with spring-like temperatures most of the time because it’s in the western highlands, so they have a short rainy season. It seems the rain will come in during the afternoon for a bit to cool it off and then it’s over. The coffee and flower festival lasts ten days, and it’s in the middle of January, so if you plan to visit during that time make sure you book ahead as the small town usually gets thousands of tourists. Otherwise anytime is a great time to visit Boquete.

How Do I Get There?

By Plane:
Fly into David and take a taxi, shuttle, or public bus to Boquete. If you fly into Albrook airport, you can catch a flight to David airport for approximately $120 on AirPanama.

Boquete a 45-minute drive from David
Taxi – Costs approximately $60 for four people
Public Bus – $2 per person If you are arriving at David airport you will need to take a taxi to the bus station – approximately $10

How Do I Get Around Boquete?

Taxis are quite reasonable; it costs 60 cents per person to take a taxi from one end of the town to the other. I have to say this is a small town and you could probably walk around the whole town browsing in the stores in an afternoon.
You can rent a 4-wheeler, bike or a scooter to get to the nearby attractions or you can book a tour with transportation. We rented a scooter for the day, and we had a blast! We were able to see the beauty of Boquete, we drove through the gorgeous green mountains, along rivers, even up to a waterfall. Be sure to watch the video on this blog post to see our day with the scooter. We highly recommend renting a scooter in this area; we felt safe as the roads were paved and not crowded.

We rented our scooter from Boquete Mountain Safari.com. They also have tours such as white water rafting, shuttle to Bocas, horseback riding, coffee tour, scooter rentals, and rock climbing.

“I’m not lost. I’m exploring.”

Where To Stay In Boquete?

Where To Stay?

We stayed at an Airbnb with a breathtaking city and mountain view of Boquete. When the clouds came in during the afternoons, it felt as if we were in the middle of a cloud forest. It was truly spectacular, and it provided an excellent backdrop for creativity while writing and producing video content.



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The kitchen, living area, and large covered patio are attached to the main house. Downstairs is the detached home with 2-bedrooms and a bathroom. We loved our stay at Gisela’s place. If you want to check it out, it’s called “Breathtaking view, cozy abode and abundant nature on Airbnb. – The Kolibrie Spot”. The only downside of this location is the $4 taxi ride into town.

Our friends visited us while we were staying in Boquete and they stayed at Stone Cabins Boquete in the central part of town. Stone Cabins is within walking distance of anything you may need. They have charming rustic style apartments which include a fantastic breakfast with your stay. Our friends were pleased with their room, and they loved the full breakfast in the mornings. If you want to check out the price for Stone Cabins, click here.

We toured the Hotel Finca Lerida Coffee Estate and Boutique Hotel while driving around on our scooter. This estate was beautiful with gorgeous landscaping and flowers throughout the property. Although we did not stay there, we did see the rooms and toured the grounds. It’s on a coffee plantation with a gourmet restaurant with spectacular views of the mountains and rain forest. The central part of town is approximately 10 minutes away. Even if you don’t stay here, it’s worth the drive to see the coffee plantation and the property. We didn’t eat at the restaurant, but I have been told it’s fantastic. If you want to check out prices for the Hotel Finca Lerida click here.

What Is There To Do?

Hike the Buru Volcano.
The Buru Volcano is on the tallest mountain in Panama and the twelfth highest peak in Central America. It’s one of the only places the Pacific and Atlantic oceans can be seen at the same time. We didn’t attempt this hike; however, it’s one of the most famous things to do in Boquete. It’s recommended to take a guide because it’s a 2-day hike.

Hike to the Lost Waterfalls
The Lost Waterfalls hike is on the slopes of the Buru volcano. It’s considered moderate to difficult, most likely because the majority of the trek to the falls is uphill. If you hike to the last of the three falls, it will take you a total of 3 hours. Be sure to watch our video in this blog post to get an idea of the hike. We went on this hike, and it was a lot of fun, but somewhat strenuous at parts. The cost was $7 per person.

Tour a coffee plantation.

There are many coffee plantations in Boquete because of the perfect soil conditions due to the volcanic ash soil. Boquete boasts some of the best coffee produced in the world. A few notable coffee plantation tours include; Cafe Ruiz, Finca La Milagrosa, and Finca Dos Jefes.

One of the rarest most expensive coffees in the world comes from Panama, or more specifically Boquete. Esmeralda Private Reserve Geisha is grown on the slopes of the Buru volcano. In Panama the price for a cup of Geisha coffee is around $8, in New York, it’s $18, and in Dubai, it’s $68 for a cup of Geisha coffee!! In 2017 at the Best of Panama coffee auction the Geisha coffee from Hacienda La Esmeralda sold for $601 a pound. That translates to $50 per cup.

Caldera Hot Springs

We did not have time to go to the Caldera Hot Springs, but it was highly recommended to us, so I wanted to include it in this list. You can take a tour, a bus or a cab to the hot springs. Unfortunately, it was out of the range the scooter rental place would allow us to go, so that’s one of the reasons we couldn’t see the hot springs. It’s an hour ride from Boquete, approximately a $2 bus ride. A taxi driver, who became our driver while we were in Boquete said he would charge us $20 each way to go to the hot springs. He was reliable, and he speaks English, so if you are in the area and you need a ride here’s his information: Chachi 507-683-4022.

After arriving at the hot springs, it’s a 40-minute walk from the bus stop. The fee is a couple of dollars; the temperature of the natural hot springs is approximately 104 degrees.  If you plan to leave by bus, the last bus leaves the springs at 6 pm.

Visit Boquete Tree Trek.
Boquete Tree Trek is one of the places we visited when we rented the scooter. Boquete Tree Trek is a resort with a restaurant, tour services, and accommodations. We stopped to have a drink on their patio which has a fantastic view of the surrounding foothills. Zipliners go over the restaurant patio, and the drinks are reasonably priced. Some of the tours they offer are the coffee plantation tour ($30), ziplining ($30), hanging bridges ($30), canopy tour ($65), bird watching ($65), and the tea tour ($30).

Visit Boquete Tuesday morning farmers market.

The address is Calle 4 Sur, and it’s held at the local theatre. They sell arts, crafts, souvenirs, and local organic food.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Boquete, Panama

We wanted to give our viewers a glimpse of what the “Ultimate Travel Guide in Boquete looks like!” This video shows our day in Boquete and why Boquete was one of our favorites in Central America

Restaurants In Boquete

La Mirador coffee shop – beautiful morning views (go early).

Kotowa Coffee – It’s a great little coffee shop in the center of town with free wifi.

The Perfect Pair (Coffee & Chocolates) – Recently voted #1 place for a cup of coffee by “Best of Boquete”.  They have specialty coffees and artisanal chocolates.  We came here after dinner to try their yummy chocolates.

The Garden – One of the only places in town with a full salad bar. All fresh ingredients, an excellent place for breakfast, lunch, smoothies, or fresh juices.

Taboo Bar & Lounge – We came in here before dinner to have a couple of drinks, and we sat on the back patio overlooking the mountain. We had the coconut cream mojito which was yummy!!

Boquete Brewing Company – Microbrewery with craft beers and homemade ciders. Great place to go before or after dinner. It’s right across the street from La Posada.

La Posada De Boquetena – Pizza, Argentinean & South American food choices. They have an expansive menu, and the portions are generous.

Mar De Grau – Peruvian, seafood, and Latin food choices. We didn’t get a chance to eat here but it was highly recommended by a few people we met in Boquete.

Butcher Chophouse – highly recommended steakhouse and seafood restaurant.

Big Daddy’s Grill – great burgers!!

Mike’s Global Grill – highly recommended steakhouse and seafood restaurant.

Tree Trek Restaurant – gorgeous view on the patio with reasonably priced drinks.

Shopping

Organic Store – Natural supermarket in the center of town

Panaderia Lidia – They have fabulous bread and pastries. They’re right next door to Taboo Bar & Lounge.

I hope you found our list helpful and you’re excited to visit Boquete. We loved our stay in Boquete, and we plan to return for an extended visit in the future. If you are interested in visiting Panama, you may want to check out our other blog posts from our month-long stay in Panama. We stayed in Bocas del Toro, Boquete, and Panama City.


More 2 Traveling Lovers Article & Video links from Panama:

We spent a month traveling throughout Panama.  If you’re interested in visiting the area, we hope you will find our articles and videos helpful.  All of our posts have a video included, and we have new videos on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too so you won’t miss a video.

Below are a few articles and videos from our stay in Panama:

12 Best Tips You Need To Know Before You Visit Panama

Best Casco Viejo Food & Nightlife (Panama City)

10 Best Things To Do – Bocas Del Toro

Bocas del Toro – Couples Getaway Series

Cost Of Living For A Couple In Panama

Accommodations

Where to stay in Panama. If you are looking for a list of top rated properties in the towns, we stayed click on the links below to check it out.

Bocas del Toro

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Boquete

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Panama City

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If you are interested in checking out Airbnb prices, click here. You will receive a $40 travel credit after your first booking.

 

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