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Ready to soak your bones?  Take a drive to Caldera (about a 25 minute drive from Boquete) and relax.  The hot springs in Caldera is very rustic.  Once you arrive by car it is a quick 15 minute walk.

If you get too hot, which you will, walk down to the Rio Chiriqui for a nice refreshing dip.
Rinse/Repeat.  New occupant at the springs - "Cheetah" a spider monkey.  Be watchful of your belongings as he will try and take your clothes the moment  you turn your back.  Please don't feed him.  He will get close but don't be  scared, he's actually pretty friendly.  You will have a ton of photo ops which is always great.  :)

There are about 4 different springs that you can rest into.  The fee to enter the springs is 2.00 per person.  You will be asked if you would like the "family special" spring in which case the fee is 5.00 a person.  Don't do it.  It is closest to the river, but the water isn't as hot and it is "plumbed" with PVC pipes which doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies.  Stick to the other ones.  Also, because it is so hot, bring water (or beer!) but please don't leave any trash behind.

 
 
or the "River Canyon".  It's located in Gualaca, Panama which is about a 40 to 45 minute drive from Boquete.  You'll be ready to cool off (it's much warmer there) when you arrive.  It's a great way to spend a 1/2 day or the entire day.  Take a picnic and relax.  There is no fee to play and you do not have to hike to get to it, park and swim!
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The International Boquete Flower and Coffee Fair
Boquete, Chiriqui Province: January 12-22nd

World-Class Jazz & Blues on the slopes of Volcan Baru
Boquete, Chiriqui, February 28 - March 3, 2013

San Jose International Fair - like a big county fair, with livestock, local color. Count on being hot.
David, Chiriqui: March 15-25nd.

Orchid Fair
Boquete, Chiriqui: March 31st-April 3rd.





 
 
How is it to cope with local bureaucracy as a foreigner?  You first and foremost need a good sense of humor.  Watch this very well done (and funny!) video.
 
 
How do I get to Boquete?
 
I know some people take cheaper flights into San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code - SJC) and it is an interesting adventure.  However, if this is your first time travelling here, I wouldn't recommend it.  Why?  Because for the most part you would have to stay in Costa Rica for the night and then flight out the next day.  Also, you would have to go through customs twice.  Once in Costa Rica and then again upon your arrival to Panama.

I would recommend that you fly into Panama City (airport code - PTY).  Then you have a couple of choices.

1 - Take a taxi to the regional airport (airport code - PAC) cost is about 35.00 which includes tolls.  Fly from PAC to David (pronounced Dahveed) airport code - DAV.  There is only one airline flying to David and that is Air Panama.  Their website is www.flyairpanama.com

2 - Take a taxi to Allbrook bus terminal.  The buses leave every hour at a cost of 15.25 per person to David.  The ride is about 7 hours long and does make a stop in or around Santiago for food or a nice time to stretch your legs.  Have a sweater handy as the bus gets cold!

When you arrive in David by bus, you can either hop on a bus that goes straight to Boquete (buses normally leave every 20 minutes to Boquete).  I believe the cost is 1.75 per person.  You do not have to buy a ticket to get on the bus to Boquete.  They will take your fare partway through the ride. - Or - take a taxi from the bus or airport terminals to Boquete at a cost of around 25.00. 

Expect a long travel day.....but it's worth it! 



 
 
One of my favorite subjects!  There are two seasons in Boquete - wet and dry.  The wet season begins in June through November.  Dry season December through May.  Personally, I love the rainy season as everything is so green and lush.

Why visit during the rainy season?  The rule of thumb are the mornings are all bright and clear.  The rain normally doesn't start until about 3pm in the afternoons and it's usually only for a couple of hours.  Probably the only time I wouldn't recommend a visit would be October as the rains during that time can be daunting.

The temperature here is never below 60 degrees with a high of 80 degrees.  It's spring like temperature, year round.  There is no need for heat and/or air conditioning.  It's perfect sleeping weather at night.  If you would like further information on the weather in Boquete, visit www.boqueteweather.com 

If visiting or planning a move, Boquete has about 27 different microclimates.  Come down, stay awhile and find the weather/area that best suits you. 

If you are trying to figure out the best time of year to visit, weather-wise go to: http://www.boqueteweather.com/climate/data_annual.htm