One of the wonderful things to do in Boquete is simply to go around, visiting and taking in all of the wonderful sights. This can be done in a manner of ways: taxi, rental car, on foot, horseback, or my favorite option, by scooter.Scooters can be rented from "Boquete Scooter Rentals", on the main street, while entering Bajo Boquete. Prices are...more
At Cafe Ruiz you can arrange to have a tour around the Ruiz plantation which is said to produce the best coffee in the area. You can see the plants, and then go on to the processing plant where a guide will give you all the details of the coffee treatment until it is put in the bags. Of course you can try and buy coffee although it is found in the...more
This is a government licenced (ANAM) wild animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center run by a couple with great love and care for animals. They have put huge amounts of work, energy and money to make this settlement and keep it running. The animals are kept in spacious cages hidden among the beautiful gardens, until they are well enough to be returned...more
Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama
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New England Culinary School graduate and cookbook author Executive Chef Craig Jacobs has brought his extensive experience with restaurants in New York, New Orleans & Florida (including his work as Sous Chef at Ritz-Carlton Hotels) to Boquete by opening Restaurante Las Ruinas, across from Las Brisas Boquetena subdivision, and just past Papa Ricco’s...more
Mmmm! Delicious, succulent, alluring chocolate strawberries. Unforgetably delicious! Skewers with pieces of marshmallow, brownies or strawberries dipped into chocolate and putting on a yummy yummy coat of it!!! My steps always took me to the shop without even thinking of it. Then I brought my friends, too, and was really happy to initiate them to...more
El Sabroson is the most popular restaurant in Boquete is very cheap and very tasty. It is a canteen-style restaurant where food is exceptionally good. Don't be deterred by the general looking of the service area. The food is worthy more than you will pay for it! Every dish I tried was delicious. There is meat, chicken, excellent trout, great...more
Zanzi bar is the only 'real' bar I could find in this small town. It's on the main drag of town, just past the church. This place gets pretty busy on the weekends, so get there early to grab a seat, there aren't many of them here. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and you'll find that almost everyone one here knows one another.Snoopy's is across the...more
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The Buses from David to Boquete are of the "Diablo Rojo" type, in other words, recycled US school buses. Not comfortable as the seating is spaced for grade school-sized children, not adults. If you are over 5 ft tall (1.6 meters) your knees will hit the seat in front of you. Not very comfortable, but it is cheap ($1.45 USD per person - one way) and...more
Buses from David to Boquete take 1 hour and the fare is 1.4$ From Boquete to David buses start from the northern side of Boquete central square, and run every half an hour from 5:00am until 6:30pm. You can also catch it on the main road. Just wave to it and it will stop.There is a local bus that goes up the regional hills for 0.50-1$. If you want...more
I traveled from Bocas Del Toro to Boquete by taking a water taxi to Almirante (easily scheduled in Bocas) and from there catching a bus to David (simply ask a taxi driver in Almirante to take you to the buses). In David there is a fairly large bus terminal where you can find buses going most anywhere, including Boquete. The water taxi ride is about...more
If you go to Boquete there is a decent supermarket there, it is called Romero's, it is part of the Rey's system in Panama. It is not a big market, but it has a decent variety of stuff and an in-house bakery, so you can get really fresh baked goods right there at very reasonable prices.more
On the central street near the junction of the roads to the northern areas you can find a nice shop with a variety of fine art craft and stylish decorative items. Molas, paintings, antiques, jewelery, costumes and curiosities are some of the objects on sale. You will surely find something that suits your taste and makes a good gift for your loved...more
At the northern end of the central street is Boquete Souvenirs. It is packed with nice objects and beautiful ideas for gifts. There are masks ,baskets, ceramics, hammocks, handicrafts, molas, bracelets, necklaces and a lot more...Prices are a little higher than in Panama city.Tel (507) 720 2971more
The local indians seem to live peacefully with all of the transplants from what must seem like whole other worlds. Most of the older women still wear the traditional clothing.
They experience a pleasant local phenomenon called the “El Norte” (The North) or “Baja Reque” This is a phenomena, where the clouds are pushed by the northern Caribbean winds up against the continental divide causing light misty showers and spectacular rainbows.
These showers usually only develop in the afternoon.
I thought we would never get through this. It took about 1 1/2 hrs. Our friend from Costa Rica was driving his van and had to have a pile of papers. Make sure your driver if you have one is familiar with what is needed. Orlando was short one but managed to have it ignored. We ran into more trouble on the way back in to CR and had to grease a few more palms.
Do not plan on driving a rental car across the border. The rental companies will not let you do it.
Unique Suggestions: There are border crossing "guides". Do hire one. It would have taken us twice as long to figure out what to do. Some of the places we had to go to were totally hidden behind some of the many trucks also crossing..we never would have known where to go. You feel like you are running around in circles.
Fun Alternatives: We went through Paso Canoas. Probably the busiest crossing. You can go through Sixaola on the Caribbean side or there is a new crossing over by San Vito.
The only options we had were Sixaola which was totally flooded out and closed or Paso Canoas. We had planned on going through Sixaola and had hotel reservations for the preceding days before crossing but had to change them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As nights are chilly and temperature may fall to near zero you should provide yourself with warm jackets, especially if you want to wander around in the night. If you have planned to do camping then you need a pack of warm clothes because it is really freezing in the nights.
The Rio Calderon runs through Boquete, during rainy season it is very rapid and exciting to see.If you walk south from town, down calle 1 about a kilometer (half a mile or so), off to the left is one of those cable suspension bridges over the river. I walked across it and took some pics of the river. You get some nice views of the surrounding hills...more
The Sendero los Quetzales trail goes around Volcan Baru between Boquete and Cerro Punta. It is just short of 4 miles but gets pretty difficult at times. There are some stream crossings. They had been washed out in some flooding just before we got there so we didn't go the whole way. We were planning on driving anyway to our other lodge in Cerro...more
Canopying is a nice idea for taking out your energy. The technique of sliding on strong cables over the canopy of tall forest trees was taken from the indigenous people and then perfected by botanists and naturalists all over the world. Today everyone can taste this fascinating sport 'riding' high above the pristine forested nature, rivers and waterfalls. In Boquete you can book a tour with Boquete Tree Trek which belongs to the Adventurist Company. There are 3 kilometers of 11 different cables. They will take you up to a beautiful location bordering the National Park Amistad and Baru volcano. Before you start the well trained instructors will teach you the first steps and the rules for safety. You will be suspended between 30 and 60 meters above ground in a breathtaking ride through the forest.
You need long pants and boots or any type of closed shoes. You can take your camera with you but it is impossible to take pictures while you are on the cable. You can take photos of your friends while waiting for your turn on the platforms or ask the guides to help.
Favorite thing: STOP AT A ROADSIDE STAND AND YOU CAN GET A 10 POUND BAG OF ORANGES FOR 3 DOLLARS. IT MAKES INCREDIBLE ORANGE JUICE