Boquete, Panama just might be the most beautiful place I've ever been. We endured several hours of construction and marginal roads to get there. But, it was worth it! Even though we only saw one rainbow on the drive up the mountain to an elevation of around 4,000 feet, locals enjoy them by the pot of gold full. They also enjoy spring like temperatures year round. Boquete sits along side the Caldera river and I was comforted to know, given my love of Costa Rica, that it was actually only 40 miles away. Just in case I got antsy! But I didn't.
Boquete is nestled in-between lush mountains vistas and is overlooked by Volcan Baru. But the town isn't too shabby either. We drove by these gardens every day on our way into town. Beautiful. And boy do I wish I could visit the farmer's market again that sets up next door. It was chock full of handmade goodies.
I love this photo.
We took four scenic drives during our stay. Each one funneled us through the mountains on a different breathtaking route. And each one seemed to surpass the last one. What I wouldn't give to be starting all over again.
Boquete has a growing expat community. But someone's dreams seem to have dried up.
This sign always made me nervous. Is it warning us of a steep descent? Or, is it insinuating that if we keep driving, we'll be falling off the mountain, like this car appears to be. Uff da.
The view down into the valley, from the foothills of Volcan Baru. The top of Volcan Baru is the highest point in Panama. At Around 11,000 feet. Give or take.
There are 900 species of birds in Boquete. Like this resting hummingbird for one.
We didn't see any Quetzals. But I enjoyed seeing this mural almost everyday as we walked around town.
My husband said that if he was going to retire anywhere in Central America, Boquete would be at the top of his list. Here are 5 random reasons to retire in Boquete...
1) Mike's Global Grill. It has live music, lots of liquor, odd ball people and amazing food. Nuff said.
2) There's great pizza. And that is a must. Eating at Il Pianista nestled right by a delightful waterfall, was like falling through a wormhole to the Italian country side.
3) It's damn beautiful.
4) The farmer's market sells locally made bling.
5) You'll never run out of locally grown coffee and honey from Meil Boquetena. And there's great bread from Sugar and Spice to lather said honey on. The honey was so good in fact, that I'll be ordering all my honey from there now. It's that good!
The story continues...A dark, real life mystery unfolded in Boquete in 2014. Learn about the Gone Girls over on The Chorus of the Crows