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T Rob Brown of Panama Helpline – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Caldera River, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAccording to Panama Immigration, 60,000 Foreigners claim English as their mother tongue (this is based on Pensionado and Cedula information). There is not a separate break-out for Boquete.
 
(Caldera River, Boquete, Panama, pictured.)
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Guests at Alto Boquete Condominios, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingExpats comprise 15 percent of the population in Boquete. Valle Escondido is full of expats. The big houses in the mountains seen from the town are owned by expats. 
 
English is spoken a lot by expats in Boquete. 
 
Within Boquete, expats participate in the life of the town and have an expat culture, where there are even enough expats to have a market of their own on Tuesdays. Retired expat ladies make honey, bake bread, do arts and crafts and sell these products in the Tuesday market. 
 
Most expats help the local community and do volunteer work for the community. Expats are involved with the community and not separated from the locals.
 
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Woman posing by the famous flowers of Boquete – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are a lot of expats in Boquete. My estimation is that around 20% of the population is expats. If you are walking downtown in Boquete, you will see a lot of foreigners, for sure. Sometimes they only go to Boquete for a couple of days. Others are living there permanently. If you want to meet Americans or Canadians in Boquete, you will not have a problem finding them at all. 
 
The expats in Boquete usually go to the Tuesday Morning Meetings. They go to the restaurants and they have organizations, too. Expats in Boquete do a lot of things together. 
 
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Expats playing tennis in Boquete at Lucero – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are many expats in Boquete. It is easy to tell because when you go to town, the people speak more English than Spanish. You will feel more comfortable speaking in English than in Spanish. 
 
I don’t know the exact percentage, but it should be about 50/50. The people here in Boquete usually sell their houses and the expats buy them. The expats move in, start businesses, and the expats contract with the local Panamanians in the area, too, so the local Panamanians here in Boquete start to speak English, which is the language they learned from the expats.  
 
You will see more people who speak English here in Boquete than in David (the closet larger city to Boquete) or in Panama City. That is a benefit for the people here because when the local Panamanians here go to Panama City, they get hired immediately because English is effectively the second language of Panama. The locals go to Boquete and they eventually learn English in order to get, and then it turns into an advantage for them when they go to get a job. 
 
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First of all you have to define "expat" as many foreigners in Panama come here from South America (mainly Colombia) and are indistinguishable from the Panamanians to the Gringo eye.
 
I am asked this question all the time because I run the News.Boquete email distribution system which delivers local news and events to the English speaking population in Boquete. I was even asked the question by the U.S. Warden for Boquete. The answer is that nobody knows. There are nearly 1500 subscribers to the News.Boquete email list but many people don't subscribe, husband-wife teams often have only one subscription, and a few folks not living (yet) in Boquete also subscribe. If I had to guess, I would say there are 2,500 - 3,000 English speaking expats living in the district of Boquete which includes the greater Boquete area and even the city of Caldera.
 
I thought I remembered a question on the 2010 census asking in what country was your mother on the day you were born. That statistic would tell us something but so far the Panama government hasn't published the totals.
Dianne Heidke of The Boquete Handbook – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Estimates for the number of Americans and Canadians living in Boquete varies - some say about 1,500 full time in the Boquete, Volcan, David area...many more come on a part-time basis.
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