Generally speaking, retirement anywhere in the Chiriquí Province is very laid back. The hardest adjustment for most people coming here to retire, whether they are retired or semi-retired, is making the adjustment to the pace of life. The pace of life here is much slower. You have to be much more patient, just because things do not get done as fast or as efficient as we are used to, especially if you are coming from the US. Coming here as a retiree, if you want to lead a very laid back lifestyle, enjoy nature, enjoy a culture that is very enthusiastic, that is very warm, then Panama may be a good fit for you. If you try to bring the US style of life here, you are not going to last. You are actually going to end up burned out.
The typical day-to-day of retirees here in Boquete is having some fresh breakfast, which would be fresh fruit that is readily available all year around here in Panama. The retirees who I know are pretty active, so they get up and go to the gym or go for a walk in the morning. I have a couple of friends who play golf every day, then they have lunch at the normal hour and then maybe take a little siesta and relax. Pretty much all of the retirees that I know get together in the evening for cocktail time with their neighbors or friends and they just discuss what happened during the day and what events are going on. They have a couple of cocktails and then have dinner. Those are people that I know that are semi-active, but once again, what retirement would be like for you in Boquete just all depends on your lifestyle and what your goals are.
Generally, the biggest difference between the retiring in Miami, Florida, and retiring in Boquete is lifestyle. Being that you are in Boquete, you are in a mountain town so you are not surrounded by a big city. You do have that but it is 30 minutes away from Boquete in David (the closest larger town to Boquete, but nowhere near as large as Miami). In David, you can do your shopping or go see your specialist doctor.
Retiring in Boquete is being able to relax and not having to work with a lot of noise and heavy traffic. Retiring in Boquete is being able to really live off of your retirement, live comfortably, and not have to worry about the month-to-month bills that come in or the month to month expenses. You can hire a housekeeper for $15 a day to do all the cooking, cleaning, and do your laundry, whereas in the US, that would be almost impossible. Because of the lower cost of living, retiring in Boquete is a much less stressful and retirees here have an easier life.
The weather here in Boquete is a true dry season and a true rainy season. There is about 6 months of dry and about 6 months of a wetter season. In the Boquete region, there are about eleven microclimates, so depending on where you are at in Boquete, the weather can change dramatically.
For the most part, the weather in Boquete is much cooler because you are in the mountains. You may get a little more moisture but you don’t have that blazing heat that you experience in Miami, for example. You also do not have the humidity here in Boquete. Just the sense of being out in the mountains and out in the open country, it just feels cleaner. The air and the environment feel cleaner. It’s about 75 degrees Fahrenheit all year round in Boquete.
(Retiree enjoying championship golf in Boquete, Panama, pictured.)