Panama’s highland towns are in demand, and it’s no wonder. Nestled amidst rainforest-covered hills, they offer beautiful scenery and clean, fresh air. Much of Panama’s food is produced in the highlands and many appreciate the benefits of being close to their food source.
Boquete is the premier expat and retiree destination in the highlands of Panama. It's located in Chiriqui Province in western Panama, on the eastern-facing side of Volcan Baru, Panama's highest peak (11,400 feet) and only volcano.
One of the bonuses of living in Panama is that you’re never very far from the coast. Surprisingly, most of the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines are undeveloped or even inaccessible.
"I'm glad we didn't have enough money to retire in the U.S." says Kris Cunningham, who moved to Panama with her husband Joel in 2012. "If we had, we would have missed out on our wonderful life here."
Although I live in the city of David, the capital of Chiriquí Province, it’s easy for me to get to the highland town of Boquete. I typically visit Boquete about twice a month to go to the Tuesday Morning Market, have lunch with friends, or attend a special event.
Millions of people travel the world as tourists and millions more on business. It’s wonderful to get out there for whatever reason to see different places and have new experiences. Fewer people choose to live overseas and obtain residence status in a foreign country.
The highland areas of Panama are favored destinations for expats, retirees, tourists, and local residents alike. The combination of spring-like weather and stunning rainforest scenery are an unbeatable attraction for many.
The first time I saw Chiriquí Province I was enchanted. Although I was born and raised in New Jersey, I’m a country girl at heart and Chiriquí felt like home. My husband Al and I had rented a car to tour Panama in our quest for a new place to live.
Some of the world’s best coffee is grown in the highlands of Panama, including the ultra-expensive Geisha variety. Low coffee bushes with shiny, dark-green leaves dot the hillsides of the volcano on numerous coffee plantations.
Nancy, 63, has nothing but good things to say about Boquete, the popular expat retreat in the highlands of Panama’s Chiriqui Province that she now calls home. She and her husband Don, 61, moved here from the Kansas City area in 2010 with their two sons.