We have spent the last week in Boquete, Panama and I can truly say, it has been one of the best places I have ever visited. They say it is "The city of flowers" and for good reason. From atop the towering mountains, you can look down into the small but bustling town. You see every color in existence, flowers, brightly painted houses and buildings, red roof tops and lush , green countryside. Boquete seems to have something to offer for anyone and everyone. Great live music at Craig Jacobs, Las Ruinas Restaurant (great food as well), a gourmet cooking class with Cora Kent, an adventurous drive in the surrounding mountains or just relaxing along the riverside watching one of the many species of birds. There are many nice accomodations from upscale hotels or condos to many available cabinas scattered all around Boquete.
There are also many restaurants that offer any and every type of food. You can eat at one of the many local Panamanian places where the food is tasty and very inexpensive or you can dine at one of the many other places and find anything from Mexican food to a crepe restaraunt, seafood, a big, juicy steak, or eat the absolute best wood roasted chicken at Tami's you will ever try.
If you are a coffee fan like I am, you need to go to Cafe Ruiz and sample their fresh roasted, locally grown coffee. They will also set you up a tour of one of the many coffee plantations in the area where you can experience the entire process. You will find yourself leaving with several bags of fresh coffee which they blend and roast themselves. It makes a great gift to bring home for friends, family or yourself as well.
On the eastern side of Boquete, there lies a beautiful flower garden that is open to the general public. It is one of the most aromatic and beautiful places I have been in my life. It is very well maintained and you will see every flower and exotic plant that exists in Panama. There are many species of Hummingbirds buzzing around drinking the sweet nectar of the many flowers. The smell is phenomonal!
I think everyone who gets the opportunity to experience Boquete will be as happy as the fortunate people who get to live there everyday. It is a place you want to stay forever, a slice of Heaven on Earth. Don't forget your camera. It is an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life.