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Anne-Michelle Wand of United Country Bocas del Toro – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I do live in Bocas del Toro now and have been coming here  for 14 years. In those years it has developed tremendously from a surfer and back packer destination to one of most desirable retirement destinations in the country.
 
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There are pros and cons no matter where you live. What I love best about living and retiring in Bocas del Toro, being the water person that I am, is getting out in our boat and cruising around. We discover great snorkeling spots in the clear blue Caribbean water or Doug trolls for fish while I read a book. We have some of our best discussions on our boat and I recommend everyone who lives here have one. The beauty of these islands is unbelievable and the weather is perfect for us..
 
The worst thing about living in a small town like Bocas del Toro, Panama, for me, is the lack of things for the teenagers to do here. As a result, they find trouble to get into, like graffiti and vandalizing homes and cars. These things can happen anywhere but it is something I could do without. 
 
 
JB Seligman of BUENA VISTA REALTY located in BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
sunset Bocas Del Toro Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe best thing about living in Bocas Del Toro is the lifestyle. That would be the top of the line. Being able to live this Caribbean lifestyle is number one in the world.
 
I cannot say a lot of worst things about living here, but I guess it has to be those times when you want to go to a movie or go to a mall or something similar and there is nothing like that near Bocas Del Toro where you can go. I wouldn’t consider that as the worst thing, but sometime you want to do these things and you can’t unless you go to David, which is four hours away from Bocas by car or to Panama City, which is one hour away by plane. To fly to Panama City costs roughly about $280 round trip, so it is not inexpensive. To go to David, you have to take a 30-minute water taxi ride to the mainland in Almirante and from the mainland, you take the bus or you can take a taxi, which costs US $125 each way. What we usually do, instead of taking a bus is to take a taxi and put four people in the taxi so that the amount of $125 each way becomes a reasonable price to pay. That way when you come back, you can put your things at the back of the taxi. It is a beautiful trip, too. You would go over the continental divide, which is absolutely gorgeous. You will go through this incredible terrain, which is way up and going over the continental divide of Panama. It is spellbinding. It is one of the most incredible mountain views, and well worth the trip.
 
Vannessa Solano of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Bocas Del Toro is a group of islands. The main island is Isla Colon, where many expats live and have businesses. They have restaurants, discos, and hostels. Bocas does not have a mall but you will also find almost anything you want in the other stores there. There are department stores, too. You will find good food in the restaurants in Bocas. The only way to get to Isla Colon is by boat, which is called a water taxi. Isla Colon has a hospital, they have schools, and tourism is great in that area of Bocas Del Toro.
 
Bocas del Toro is not a dangerous place but we like to be careful just like everyone else. There was one time when there was a serial killer in the area, who was nicknamed Wild Bill. Luckily he was arrested.
 
The good things about living in Bocas is that everything is slow and everybody knows each other. There are a lot of restaurants and you are at walking distance to everything. The place is very relaxing, too. You can go swimming or diving any time you want to. It is very natural and it is very nice.
 
I think one bad thing about living in Bocas is that everything is the same every day, so you will have to go away occasionally to see something different or to do other things. It is a little town so it tends to get boring after a while.

Alan Filliger of Alana la Casa del Arte – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I don't actually live in Bocas Del Toro .... I have been there several times for short visits.  I think one of the best things about living in "Bocas" is there are several good restaurants and drinking places and lots of hotels (for short-time visitors).  I have a friend who lives in Bocas and he is there so no one will know where he is.  He told me he likes it like that.
 
Bocas does not have many good beaches.  It does have one great beach at the far end where you can see lots of Star-Fish just under the surface.  You can also take a small boat tour out to a wonderful small island offshore from the beach ...... A beautiful place.
 
For me, Bocas is more of a place for a short, fun visit.  Fun bars, good restaurants, really laid-back people, fun dancing, good fishing and boating, snorkeling, and scuba and a whole lot of nothing else.  For some people this could be like paradise .... for me it is a great place for a short visit.

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