WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT BOQUETE, IT IS OUR HOME and we love living here. Located in the western Highlands of Panama and bordering Costa Rica, Boquete is tucked away on the eastern slopes of the Volcan Barú an 11,400 foot extinct volcano. This small and charming mountain village is known to produce some of the richest coffees in the entire world. Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for those visitors seeking the most enchanting weather in the world. Visitors bask in Boquete’s sunny and cool mountain weather and marvel at the exquisite vistas. There is an aspect of the Swiss Alps about Boquete, with small babbling brooks that run between restaurants and bakeries, a naked yet complex landscape that seems like it should be covered in a layer of snow. Yugoslavian settlers in Chiriqui imparted a theme of steep triangular roofs, which peek up from the forests, reminiscent of Bavarian chocolate houses. Boquete’s healthy climate has prompted many to believe it is the secret to longevity since many native Boqueteños have lived well on past their one-hundredth birthdays. Boquete is also home to a number of retired expats from all over the world who have come to live and in many cases, spend the rest of their lives here. I am one of those people – Tom Brymer.
Some people moved here to get away from it all and live in a remote area to enjoy that life style. We wanted to move into an area where we could be embedded in the local community, both domestic and foreign and enjoy a full social life with new friends. We found that place in the sun and each day we thank God for leading us to this wonderful country and town we live in. We enjoy the company of like minded people and we all comment about the better quality of life here, social life where friends regularly gather for a night out, parties, simple socials, whatever, things that on occasion we all did back home but not on such a routine basis and not at the cost we enjoy here.