Although Boquete is a small town in the Panama province of Chiriqui, it is a lively and interesting place which
has a lot to offer.
While originally its main attraction was and always is it's beautiful natural environment and the spring-like climate, it has attracted people from all over the world who passed their vacations here and in many cases decided to stay permanently and has thus become a very international place with many amenities which have increased its attractiveness even more. This is why many visitors are looking for real estate in Panama.
In Boquete, there are lots of places to eat out, from the traditional, simple and cheap fonda , where the average Panamanian eats mostly breakfast and dinner with typical and traditional ingredients, mainly rice, pollo (chicken), beans, and vegetables, to their more modern fast food adaptations and finally to high-end restaurants with international cuisine .
A few more steps down the road on the same side, you will find the Peruvian restaurant Mar de Grau whose specialty is seafood a la Peruana.
Across the road, you can eat good Italian dishes at the Ristorante Otto. During the daytime, you will find the gorgeous Kotowa Chocolate Victoria open to the left side of Otto's, where you can not only drink excellent coffee and chocolate from Kotowa's own Panamanian plantations but can also taste their delicious homemade chocolate confectionery. A good place to relax after an excursion.
This small pizzeria is relatively new in Boquete. They offer a variety of pizzas classical and Brazilian style, as well as various types of pasta with different sauces and meat dishes.
They are situated on the left side of the main road, coming from Aparthotel Boquete, a few steps down the road after Boquete's Central Park.
On demand, they deliver right to your apartment 6546.5663
If you are looking for a very good Panamanian restaurant where you can eat local style every day without spending as much as in the fancier restaurants mentioned before, we full-heartedly recommend the Restaurante Las Orquidias where we often eat when we don't have time to cook at home. It is about 4 minutes by car from Boquete Apartments and well worth the ride. Our favorites are the delicious pork chops with honey sauce, sauteed potatoes, and red beet, accompanied by a glass of homemade fresh lemonade with dulce de caña (brown cane molasse). This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only.
In the municipal market and in the surroundings of the José Domingo Médica Park (central park) there are many places where you will find handicrafts made by Boquete artisan hands, thus being able to carry home a beautiful memory of Boquete.
Some of these objects decorate our house and the apartments.
In mid-January (in 2020 from Jan 9 to 19) you can visit the Flower and Coffee Fair ( Feria de las Flores y del Café ) which is open for 10 days. In this fair, you can admire the colorful gardens on the banks of the Caldera river, since in this season everything flourishing in all its splendor. You can also enjoy folkloric presentations with typical Panamanian and other country's dances, craft exhibitions, sale of plants, typical and international food and tasting of highland coffee from Chiriquí. Since in January we are in the Panamanian summer, Boquete presents its best side as the "Valley of Eternal Spring ", perfect for excursions, walks and the discovery of its nature.
In February , Boquete celebrates the Jazz and Blues Festival (February 13-16, 2020).
February or March are the months of the Carnivals that are celebrated in different locations, such as Dolega and David, with their "mojaderas " (people getting soaked from water tankers), pleasant in hot climates, folk music, carnival floats, the "Queens " of each town and a general sense of fun and fiesta. As in everything, many people like this kind of fun, and there are others who don't. In Boquete with its cooler climate, carnivals are not celebrated and therefore it is a refuge for those seeking tranquility in this period.
March and April : Always during Holy Week, the Orchid Fair is held on the grounds of the Boquete Fair.
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