Hasta Luego Boquete

This is a post by some friends who moved to Boquete, and found it didn’t work for them as well as they had hoped. This expat life doesn’t work for everyone, and advice is to live here for at least 6-12 months before buying a house and putting down serious roots. After the honeymoon phase is over, are you going to be happy in this place that is very different, and sometimes exasperating in many ways? There are things to consider about living in Boquete also. It’s full of expats which can be good in some ways, but difficult in others. I think every gringo I know has had their feelings hurt by another expat, and many have suffered much worse experiences. It’s much better if you can make decisions with information on the difficulties as well as the benefits of your intended new home!



We have beautiful Boquete in the rearview. So why snake pictures? No particular reason, except it seemed odd that we were greeted by the fellow on top, a lovely coral snake on one of our first days in Boquete, and the fellow on the bottom, a fer de lance, on our very last evening there. The fer de lance is one of the most venomous & lethal pit vipers in the world, and this one was right outside our front door. Did we leave it alone? Oh boy, howdy.

This will be my last post from Panama as Mariah and I have decamped for Medellin Colombia.(visit soon at byallmeanstravel.com)  I feel compelled to reflect on our (very short) stay in Boquete, and to share a few thoughts. I don’t wish to disparage the quaint, quiet, lush, and lazy little town we called home for almost a year in total, but…

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We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to Hasta Luego Boquete

  1. ME BE in Panama says:

    Muchas gracias mi amiga! Vas a Medellin algun dia y visitarnos. Abrazos, M/B.


  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    I would leave the snakes alone also. We have several very poisonous snakes in our area of the U.S. Wise to rent in places you wish to move to – and make sure you can tolerate the area.


    • I leave everything alone if at all possible, look, photograph, but not touch.

      Yes, very wise to rent. I have heard about people buying or building houses, shipping everything they own down, and then finding out the reality isn’t what they though. It can be a very expensive and emotionally draining experience. It’s hard to tell how you will feel until you have been here a while.

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      • peggyjoan42 says:

        So true. Spent 18 years working and living on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. Was like living in another country. I saw people who came there and left within days because they could not stand the place. I grew up as a construction brat and moved so much and lived in some unusual places in the U.S. Not too much phases me about where I live. A lot of people cannot adjust.


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