Boquete is located in the Province of Chiriqui, Panama’s most southwestern region. Boquete lies 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level and it’s volcano, Baru, reaches an elevation of 4,000 meters. The Capital of the Chriqui Province is David, which is only a 45 minute drive from Boquete. David is Panama’s third largest city (after Panama City and Santiago). David has an international airport with flights to Panama City and San Jose, Costa Rica.
Panama’s Gringo Retirement Community
There is a growing foreign retirement community in Boquete, due to its relatively cool temperatures, low cost of living and beautiful scenery with small town feel. If your not looking to retire in Central America, it’s also a great place for various adventure activities such as rock climbing, canopy zip lines, whitewater rafting, ATV adventures, hiking to volcanoes and hot springs, bird watching, fishing in the Gulf of Chiriqui and visiting its many islands. The Gulf of Chiriqui is a part of Panama that includes Coiba National Park and Golfo de Chiriqui National Park which provide access to many islands and mangroves.
During our stay we enjoyed whitewater rafting on the Old Chiriqui River, visited rustic hot springs and spent a day on the Island of Gamez in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Boquete Outdoor Adventures is one of three outfitters in Boquette; we booked both our whitewater rafting and Gulf of Chiriqui excursion through them. We encourage you to hire their services during your visit. They are very well organized with well trained guides that focus on customer service.