We came to Boquete in search of a good cup of Panamanian coffee and a littlle relief from the heat.  We found both in one of Panama’s top destinations for outdoor lovers.  Other than strolls along the river there wasn’t much else on our itinerary, which worked out to our advantage since it rained nearly the entire time we were in town.  At least the weather cooperated while we were in  Bocas, though we’re quickly discovering that travel during the rainy season can be challenging with entire days lost to heavy downpours and cloudy skies.  Not to mention some scary bus rides through the rain storms.    

Our time in Boquete turned out pretty much as we had hoped it would with ample time for rest and relaxation.  A small, mountain-valley town set on the banks of the Rio Caldera and located several kilometers from Volcán Barú, the highest point in all of Panama, Boquete is known for its cool climate and natural setting.  Named one of the top places in the world to retire by the AARP in 2001, today the town’s expat population is on the rise.  Gated communities dot the hillside, construction on new  developments is on-going and foreign retirees are quickly snatching up plots of land along the river.


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