Boquete Travel Guide
Boquete Local History
Boquete was founded April 11th, 1911. In Spanish, the word Boquete means 'gap' or 'opening.' It was precisely this gap in the Continental Divide that provided travellers, in the 1850's, a more northerly short cut to the Pacific, en route to the goldfields around San Francisco. Many of those first explorers returned to settle in Boquete.
These settlers came from local districts, but the Swiss, Yugoslavs, Swedish, Germans and North Americans predominated. This charming mountain village tucked away on the eastern slopes of the Volcan Barú is known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama. Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for visitors seeking the most enchanting climate in the world.
Boquete's healthy climate is believed by many to be the secret to longevity since many native Boqueteños have lived well on past their one-hundredth birthdays.
Boquete Parks & Gardens
Botanical Gardens - Just north of Boquete, en route to Cascada San Ramon, lies a privately funded botanical garden, which is set around a private home. There is no fee to enter, however, donations are welcomed. The trails are very well maintained, and crisscross throughout the front and backyard, offering terrific photographic opportunities.
Virtually all of the local plant species are represented there, neatly arranged for pleasant viewing. While no hours are posted, your visit should be accommodated between 9:00am to 4:00pm. Well worth a visit.
Boquete Restaurants and Bars
Panamanian food generally consists of rice, beans, plantain, a choice of meat, salad and fruit juice.
At the Bistro Boquete - This little establishment situated in an old wooden building on the little town's main street is a tastefully and subtly decorated restaurant and bar. They feature continental foods flavoured with the sauces and spices. Prices are reasonable and the servings generous. Try the curried chicken salad made of chicken, apples and raisins in a mildly spicy curry sauce with lettuce, romaine, cabbage, tomato slices and shredded carrots and comes with a half-pita and an olive oil and herb sauce for dipping the bread or a dressing for the vegetables.
Casona Mexicana - Situated in another old wooden building. This mexican restaurant gives you excellent alternatives to the usual clichés. Try their tortilla soup as an appetizer and the mixed fajita as an entree. The soup is made of fried corn meal and Mexican cheese in a tomato concoction. It was simple, different and excellent. The fajitas comes with hot and moist little wheat tortillas, refried black beans topped with grated cheese, a braised mixture of beef, chicken, Spanish onions and sweet and mildly spicy peppers, and shredded lettuce with a dollop of sour cream.
La Huaca Pasta and Pizza - Here you will find some of the best pizza in Panama. Both the dough and cheese are imported from the US and the baking is done in a stone baked pizza oven. It is housed in a beautifully refurbished 1940 home adorned with paintings and includes a magnificent bar. Reasonable prices for excellent food.
Boquete Bars & Clubs
Santa Fe Bar and Grill - The Santa Fe offers affordable burgers and Southwestern US style food in a beautiful setting along the river side and next to Boquete's flower- filled fair grounds. You will also find a very popular bar with pool tables and foos ball. It always time to party at the Santa Fe.
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