Where is it?
Il Pianista, a charming Italian restaurant located by a roaring mountain stream, is only a half-mile walk from the house, perfect for impromptu dining. A little further around the Avenida Buenos Aires road that circles the valley is the The Rock, which offers modern cuisine and a good wine selection. In town, just 2 1/2 miles away are several excellent restaurants: The Panamonte, white table-cloth dining by famed chef Charlie Collins; Mango's, fusion cuisine in a hip interior, The Arte Cafe, french inspired cuisine, and Macchu Picchu, our favorite Peruvian restaurant.
The Boquete Brewing Company! Always humming, the best beer in Chiriqui Province and super friendly people. Try the warm, cozy bar at the Hotel Panamonte, and sit outside by the fireplace, especially if it's a rainy night. Also, Restaurante Baru, covered open dining on the town square, good food but also a great place to have drinks; Mike's Global Grill, a great bar with good food too.
Try Big Daddy's for the best fish tacos and margaritas in town - sit on the back patio and watch for the resident rooster to walk through at some point, working the room like a celebrity; Sugar and Spice Bakery, the place to buy fresh bread in Boquete, but also a great place for breakfast, lunch or just coffee; Mi Jardin cafe and Cafe Ruiz - located just a few hundred apart on the road out of town, are great places to drink coffee.
The Tuesday Morning Market held every Tuesday morning by the fairgrounds, is the place to find amazing prepared foods, fresh meat and handmade sausages, organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, amazing honeys, natural medicines and artisan crafts of all sorts.
Bit of culture
Book a coffee tour with one of the many coffee farms in the valley, to learn more about the secret life of coffee. Book a honey farm tour with Boquete Bees .com and experience the amazing range of honey flavors from varied tropical microclimates in Chiriqui Province. Visit El Explorador gardens and experience the life's work of one of Boquete's master gardeners.
Walks in the park
Visit Cafe Mi Jardin and walk through the gardens connected with the cafe. Stroll through downtown and visit the permanent flower gardens located at the Feria, the Boquete Fairgrounds.
Spot of exercise
The opportunities for walks and hikes are almost endless in the area around Boquete. Our favorite hikes include walking the beautiful Avenida Buenas Aires loop, hiking up the Rio Pianista valley and the challenging climb to the Piedra Alto Lino, all walks near our house. By driving a few minutes, it's possible to reach the road to Bajo Mono, a lovely walk in itself, but also giving access to the Pipeline Waterfall Trail, the 3 "Lost Waterfalls" trails and the famous Sendero de Quetzales. For golfers, there are two excellent courses, Lucero Country Club (18 holes) and Valle Escondido (9 holes). A Tai Chi group meets weekly in town. There are two well-equipped gyms, at The Haven Spa and at the Plaza San Francisco in Alto Boquete. Several companies offer horse-back riding, bicycling and hiking trips, as well as a number of day trips.
There are so many opportunities for day tripping that it's hard to list them all. As we said above, several companies in town offer day trips to romantic waterfall swimming holes, white water rafting, whale watching (in season), snorkeling and island hopping, deep-sea fishing, ziplining, hiking , horseback riding, not to mention summiting Volcan Baru. Another good day trip is a drive around the volcano to the Volcan/Cerro Punta/Guadalupe area, which is very beautiful and has several gardens, orchid nurseries and eco-lodges that are worth a visit. In addition, there are several Pacific Beaches and islands, with hotels at every level of service, within a 1 to 2 hour drive of Boquete. And of course, there is Bocas del Toro, the lovely Caribbean town and archipelago just a 3 1/2 drive or 30 minute plane ride away. There is a lot to do, see and experience in Western Panama.