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Boquete: Mountain Getaway

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A March 2013 trip to Boquete by Mandan Lynn

Amigos Restaurante Photo, Boquete, Panama More Photos
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Enjoying a Stroll Through Town

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Grate in the Sidewalk Photo, Boquete, Panama
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In Coronado, Panama, you almost have to have a car if you want to get anywhere. Sure, there are buses and taxis, but what I mean is that you can't expect to walk. Everything is very spread out, and while a few of the restaurants are nestled in otherwise residential areas, what are the odds that YOUR residence is within walking distance of one of these restaurants?I love walking, and I would be willing to take those longer hikes to get to my destination in cooler climes, but the truth of it is -- it's just too darn hot. Now, I'm no fan of winter, so believe me, I'm not complaining about the heat. I just don't want to show up for dinner or drinks looking like I just climbed out of the pool, ...Read More

Antojitos Mexicanos

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Restaurant | "Mexican Food in Panama"

Antojitos Mexicanos Photo, Boquete, Panama
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We love good Mexican food, so we were excited to try this place. We went in for a late lunch on a Saturday. It's small and adorably decorated, and there was only one other table there when we were there.The menus were a little small and disappointing -- just the basics. My boyfriend ordered mixed fajitas (beef and chicken) and the menu made no mention of cheese (he's allergic to it), plus fajitas don't normally come with cheese. These did. He said to the waitress that he was sorry, but he couldn't eat that, and she just sort of shrugged and said, "Well, that's what you ordered." So they went back and forth for awhile, she saying that he didn't specify no cheese, and he saying that the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 3, 2013

Antojitos Mexicanos
107 Graham Avenue
Boquete, panama
(718) 384-9076

Art Café La Crepe

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Restaurant | "Delicious Food and Friendly Folks"

Art Café La Crepe Photo, Boquete, Panama
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During our first visit to Boquete, we stopped by the Art Cafe for a drink. We got to talking with the owners -- wonderful, friendly people -- and had a lovely evening. We had already eaten that night, but after a quick glance at the menu we knew we wanted to return for a proper meal.We did exactly that on our second trip to Boquete with my father-in-law and a friend of ours. We ordered margaritas to get things started (and my father-in-law had bourbon) and then took ages to make a food decision. It was difficult! The menu was full of fantastic-sounding, creative options at fairly reasonable prices. They have a lot of crepes on the menu, and I debated for a long time about them but I final...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2013

Art Café La Crepe

Boquete
6769-6090

Cafe Ruiz

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Attraction | "Cafe Ruiz Coffee Tour and Tasting"

Cafe Ruiz Photo, Boquete, Panama
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There are lots of coffee plantations in Boquete, and many of them offer tours. I had researched several of them before we went to Boquete for the second time, but we hadn't made any decisions. We ended up going to Cafe Ruiz because the hostel where we stayed, Hostal Gaia, was affiliated with them and could call to make us a reservation and have Cafe Ruiz pick us up at the hostel. Perfect! Cafe Ruiz it is.We weren't disappointed.Carlos, our guide, picked us up first, then went to a few other hotels to pick up other guests. We were dropped off at the coffee shop (and site of the original factory) to buy our tickets -- $30 per person.We got back in the van and took a r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2013

Cafe Ruiz
El Santuario Alto Lino
Boquete
720-2165

Hostal Gaia

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Hotel | "Two Nights in Hostal Gaia"

Hostal Gaia Photo, Boquete, Panama
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On our second trip to Boquete, we were with my father-in-law, so we were looking for a comfortable place to stay while keeping within a reasonable budget. I had found Hostal Gaia online before we went, but I didn't make a reservation -- we decided we'd stop there as well as a couple of other places when we arrived. My boyfriend and I can be comfortable just about anywhere, but we wanted to make sure we picked a place that would work for my father-in-law.Turns out, we didn't need to stop anywhere else. We went to Hostal Gaia first because of it's location just off the main road right as you enter town (and right beside our favorite little coffee shop/cafe, Sugar and Spice -- see the review...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2013

Hostal Gaia
Bajo Boquete
Boquete, Panama 507

Jungla de Panama

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Attraction | "Monkeys and More at Jungla de Panama"

Jungla de Panama Photo, Boquete, Panama
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I came across Jungla de Panama as a hostel when I was searching for accommodations. As it turns out, it's also a restaurant and, most awesomely, an animal rescue and healing center.It's in Palmira, just a few minutes outside of Boquete. We stopped by in the morning on our way out of town. The restaurant wasn't open yet, and some boys were playing the yard in between some pens and cages. The restaurant manager directed us through the gate off the porch into the yard, and we wandered around the pens.Eventually, one of the little boys asked if we were there for the tour. We said, "Sure, when does it start?" And he said, "Whenever." So he showed us the dogs that were up for adoptio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2013

Jungla de Panama
Jungla de Panama, Palmira Centro, Chriqui
Boquete
+011 507 6968-6010

Hiking Volcán Barú

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From the Volcano Photo, Parque Nacional Volcan Baru, Panama
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Volcán Barú is the highest mountain in Panama, so naturally we wanted to be at the top. When I told the girl at the hostel desk if we could get directions to the volcano, she seemed surprised that we were going hiking during the day. Many people join guided hikes that start in the middle of the night so they can watch the sunrise from the top. We left early, because we had read that it is a long climb, and we were hoping to get to the top before the clouds obscured the view too much, and so we wouldn't get caught in rain or darkness on the way down.You can take a bus to the trailhead, but we had our car so we drove the 10 kilometers or so to the volcano. We parked on a side roa...Read More

Zanzibar

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Restaurant | "Margaritas at Zanzibar"

Zanzibar Photo, Boquete, Panama
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We passed by Zanzibar at first because there was no one in there, but when we got to the end of the street we stopped in a bar/restaurant that was so crowded and loud with live music that we turned around. Crowds and live music at a restaurant are usually good signs, but we were just in the mood for something quieter. Zanzibar looked perfect at that point.What strikes you first is the unusual decor, which the bartender told us had all been brought over from Indonesia. The tables and chairs are especially cool. The drink menu is simple but full of variety. We briefly considered getting a fishbowl drink ($14.00) to bring back some college memories, but decided on a margarita each. I had a co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2013

Zanzibar
Av Central
Boquete, Panama

Amigos Restaurante

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Restaurant | "Dinner and Drinks at Amigos"

Amigos Restaurante Photo, Boquete, Panama
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We happened upon Amigos by accident when we were out for one of our strolls, and it seems to be one of the most happening places in Boquete for travelers and foreign residents. At around 5:00pm on Friday, the back patio and outdoor garden had about 40 people in it, most of whom seemed to know each other.We sat down in the garden and ordered blackened fish (for him) and chili (for me).While we were waiting for our food, one of the guys from a nearby table walked by us to take a call. As he returned to his table, he stopped and chatted with us. He was a Boquete resident from the United States, and was so friendly and welcoming. He loves his new home in the mountains!M...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2013

Amigos Restaurante
Center of Boquete, Boquete District
Boquete, Panama
507 720-1135

Sugar and Spice

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Restaurant | "Breakfast and More"

Sugar and Spice Photo, Boquete, Panama
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We had heard good words about Sugar and Spice, so after our failed attempt at a hostel breakfast (see the entry in this journal on Hostel Mamallena) we went here to give it a try. It opened at 8:00am, even on Sunday, and at 7:45 there were already six people, plus us, waiting to get in.They opened the doors promptly at 8:00, and worked through that early rush very efficiently. They had about 10 items or so on their breakfast menu, as well as three specials listed on a white board out front. I ordered the vegetable omelet and my boyfriend had the breakfast burrito. Both came with coffee or tea (such good coffee!) and mine arrived with a tiny plate of cantaloupe and two slices of their delic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2013

Sugar and Spice
Calle Principal y 7 Sur, Alto Boquete, Chiriqui
Boquete, Panama

Hostel Mamallena B&B, Boquete

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Hotel | "Two Nights at Mamallena"

Hostel Mamallena B&B, Boquete Photo, Boquete, Panama
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We got a private room at Mamallena for two nights for $27.50 per night. Dorm beds are $11, if you'd like to take a cheaper route. I chose it for its central location -- it's right off Boquete's main street by the town square.The room was clean and adequate, with two double beds and a private bathroom. Towels are available for rent (we brought our own). The bathroom was very clean, and it seems that the tile work is relatively recent. The shower has fantastic water pressure.Breakfast is included, but we didn't really get to take advantage. They offer coffee, which we did have, and there was milk in the "free" section of the refrigerator. Breakfast consists of a bowl of pancake b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2013

Hostel Mamallena B&B, Boquete
in front of Parque Central
Boquete,

Big Daddy's

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Restaurant | "Lunch at Big Daddy's"

Big Daddy's Photo, Boquete, Panama
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Big Daddy's doesn't sound like a restaurant you'd find in Boquete, Panama, but we went inside on a recommendation. It's a small dining area, but three or four tables were already taken when we sat down at around 2:00pm on a Saturday.The menu is small and fish-heavy. We were told that it's some of the best, freshest fish you can find -- they only serve what is caught and delivered to them that morning. Not being a huge fish fan myself, I ordered the veggie tacos.The waiter apparently thought I said "Veggie Burger" which is also on the menu, and that's what arrived. I'm pretty easy to please, but I would never order any sort of burger when there is any sort of taco as an option, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2013

Big Daddy's
Main Street, Near The Town Square, 1 block South of Park
Boquete, Panama 0613
6683-3354