Boquete in western Panama is a small, quiet town, known for its temperate climate, picturesque setting and friendly locals and not too far from the border with Costa Rica. But for how long?

The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) have named Boquete as one of the top retirement spots in the world and Panama scores second (after Mexico) in the 2017 Annual Global Retirement Index, as ranked by International Living.

As a result, things are starting to change slowly, as we noticed this on our recent visit to the town. Real estate agents are now commonplace on the main street and on the outskirts of town we saw a number of gated communities and ongoing building work. There were still plenty of Panamanians to be seen in and around town but you definitely noticed a more than average number of expats as well.

Don’t let this put you off visiting however. We didn’t have to dive out of the way of one single mobility cart and not everyone was sitting around playing cribbage! The surrounding countryside remains unspoilt and there are great opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and rafting on the Caldera River. 

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