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The refreshingly cooler temperatures, scenic location and natural beauty of the green mountain highlands of Boquete (pronounced ¨bo-KET-eh¨) make the region a popular retirement spot and tourist attraction for Panamanians and foreigners alike. Tucked close to the Costa Rican border in Panama´s Chiriqui province, this cozy mountain village offers waterfalls, scenic hikes, a dormant volcano, hot springs, rock climbing, river rafting, zipline tours and, a Panama Luxury Vacation´s favorite: coffee farms. The rich volcanic slopes have made the area agriculturally favorable to the growth of the coffee bean, as well as strawberries, sweet oranges and other citric fruits and vegetables.
View both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean at the same time from Panama´s highest point: Volcán Barú, the resident dormant volcano that allows for a most fantastic sight of two waters. From backpackers to more demanding travelers, Boquete is abundant with fine cuisine with region´s local and international influence, from vegetarian, Italian, Mexican, bakeries, seafood and of course, Panamanian. This primary retirement destination for many North Americans and Europeans has also encouraged an increasingly lively arts and music scene, with an annual jazz and blues festival and local performance groups.