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Lissy Lezcano  of Lissy Lezcano Attorney & Mediator – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ana Irene Delgado – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is no dress code in Boquete. What you wear depends on the weather. In Panama, either we have summer or rainy season. In Boquete, when it rains, it rains very hard so you should wear long pants, boots, and something to cover yourself from the rain. During the day, you could wear regular clothes such as shorts, flip-flops, sweaters, etc., since there is not really any dress code in Boquete. It is very casual.  
 
The only thing regarding the dress code that you have to be aware of when you come to Panama is that the public offices have rules. Sometimes they will not allow you in if you are wearing shorts, flip-flops, or open sweaters. You have to wear a certain length of dress or shorts that is considered decent. 
 
Young Panamanians dress fashionably but the expat retirees are very casual. There are opportunities to dress nicely in Boquete such as going to parties and events. Honestly, sometimes the people in Boquete do not care about dressing up for dinner at a restaurant. They just go and wear what clothes they feel like wearing. I’ve met different kinds of personalities in Boquete and some of them do not really care about how they look or whether they are formal or casual. They just dress as they please.  
 
(Pictured: Ana Irene Delgado, ambassador from Panama to the United Kingdom, pictured 2012.)
Georgina Chanapi  of Lucero Homes, Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Carolina Dementiev Justavino – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Boquete depends on where you are. If you go to the towns in Boquete, you have to take a jacket because it could rain, even in summer. In the town of Jaramillo, for example, you don’t have to wear a jacket because it’s hot. So the dress code really depends on where you are going.
 
Boquete has many micro-climates so it can be cold or it can be fairly hot in different areas of Boquete at the same time. In addition, the weather changes rapidly. The dry season is from December - January to May. June to November are the cooler months.
 
If you live near a canyon, it is very windy, so you have to be careful where you buy property. However, Boquete is still not as cold as Switzerland, where I used to live. The dress code in Switzerland is a seasonal thing. In Switzerland, you have to dress very warmly and have a jacket during the cold months if you don’t want to die. You have to have around four jackets.
 
People in Boquete like to wear jeans, flats, and a jacket if it’s cold, but pretty much, you could wear what you want. We see many ladies in Boquete who wear shorts pants.
 
(Miss Panama, Ironman contestant and  TV host, Carolina Dementiev Justavino wearing shorts, pictured.)
Lola Braxton of Services Toby – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Boquete is around 10 degrees cooler than David. Boquete is up in the mountains, while David (the closest large city to Boquete, less than 40 minutes away by car) is essentially at sea level.
 
So if you go to Boquete, it is recommended to wear a sweater or jacket at times, especially at night, although, during the day it will get warm, but not hot like David.
 
On the other hand, David is usually in the mid to high 80´s and 90´s every day. David only cools down just a bit when it is in the rainy season. So, as for the dress in code in David, it definitely runs to shorts and lighter clothing. 
Roger J. Pentecost of Boquete Valley of Flowers Condos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dress Code Boquete Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Boquete varies a bit, but it is generally casual. It varies from sloppy, hippie (old hippie), cowboyish, and all the way to smart casual. My wife and I have attended funerals and other events and I very seldom see people dress up. I was surprised how casually many people dress. A lot of them say that they just never really brought formal attire with them when they came to Boquete.
 
A very wealthy man here recently gave a massive party and invited people from all over the world. He literally paid for their fare and toured them around Boquete. We saw every clothing style in his party. I went in highland formal; I wore my kilt. Some people wore just a clean pair of jeans, and that is partly because we had people at that party that come from different walks of life. There were also some Americans, and I mean no disrespect, who in a lot of cases, tend to dress down more than Europeans or Canadians.
 
Women in Boquete dress up more than men. I think that is common in North America and even in Europe. You will see women in every style of clothing here in Boquete. They wear long sun dresses, jeans, or slacks. I think there is a preponderance of slacks, and I noticed that, because I do like to see women dressed up some times. You  tend to pick out who are the tourists in town or new omers, because they are wearing more of a traveling type of clothing; clothes that are easy to wash or clothes that are usually worn by people on a safari.
 
When we ask our friends to come to dinner,  we notice that the men will be very casual, and they very seldom wear a jacket. Once in a blue moon, you will see somebody wear a tie when going to or just coming from church. You will very rarely see a man wear a cravat (dress ascot in the US) here in Boquete. Most of the gringos and locals wear long pants.
 
I wear shorts and still do occasionally, but shorts are not so much the norm here in Boquete, and I notice that in some of the Central American countries as well. I think shorts are more common to tourists on the beach or tourists in town.
 
Women in Boquete  are more smartly dressed. My wife, for example, wears a shawl, a jacket, or a cardigan in the evening; covering up is useful here in Boquete because we get cooler nights. The temperature here goes down to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Penny Barrett of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

The dress code in Boquete is pretty casual. We are up in the mountains so in the mornings and in the evenings, it is a little bit chilly so you will not see people wearing shorts as much as you would at the beach. In Boquete you will commonly see people wearing tee shirts and blue jeans.

When you go into a government building, particularly in David, they do not like you to wear shorts, whether you are a man or a woman. You have to wear long pants or blue jeans will be fine. They do not like flip flops, either. That is the only place that has a dress code. Everywhere else you go is pretty casual. If you want to wear fancier clothes, you can do that, too. Anything goes.

As an example, Bid 4 Boquete sponsors a wine tasting every year and it is probably the biggest social event every year in Boquete. We sell 220 tickets in a week. You will actually see people there wearing anything from shorts and tee shirts to tuxedoes and fancy sequined gowns. You can dress however you want.

The temperature in Boquete is temperate. If you go out at night, you might want to wear a jacket or a sweatshirt because it cools down a little bit but other than that, anything goes. There is no summer wardrobe and winter wardrobe.

Frank Stegmeier of Rio Encantado – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
To answer the question about what to wear in the greater Boquete area, well, anything goes, but it depends on the elevation. Here in Caldera, I never wear anything but shorts and tee shirts, but when I go up to Boquete I must have a jacket and long pants. They even have fireplaces in some areas in Boquete.
 
But, it’s sad to observe that too many Gringos dress horribly.
Jim Procter of Panamaguru – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Gardens of the Hotel Panamonte, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI think the other posts have covered the topic of the dress code in Boquete pretty well.
 
However, in the daytime cold or not I wear shorts almost every day. Now IF I happen to be visiting the bank officer (not the teller) I might opt for long pants. Visiting David (the closest city to Boquete) where it a bit more humid I always wear shorts.
Outside the Hotel Panamonte in Boquete, Panama, looking at the fountain – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
 
In the evenings in Boquete at most of the nice restaurants I'll wear long pants unless I'm alone and dining at the bar at The Hotel Panamonte (two fireplaces in the bar a 
must see in Boquete); then I'll stick to my standard appropriate shorts.
 
The two pictures in this post are of the gardens on the grounds of the Hotel Panamonte.
Paul McBride – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In Boquete, the dress code is casual for locals and expats.  However, local men typically don't wear short pants (except on Sunday for some reason).  Having a cooler mountain climate means that you'll need a sweater or light jacket at night (and some cooler days).  There really is no formal dress code anywhere although some functions do require that men wear a collared shirt and long pants.
 
As mentioned elsewhere, when you visit a government agency you're expected to dress a bit more formally - long pants and shirt for men and no short sleeve or sleeveless shirts for women.
 
Panama City is much more formal and if you spend time there expect to wear nice clothes to restaurants at night and business attire if you're doing any business in the city.
Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Most of the time if you see someone  dressed in shorts and sandals in Boquete they are tourists, frequently Americans. It is okay to dress causal for most routine shopping and dining out. However in Panama to go to the banks, hospitals, and government offices, men should wear slacks and women should dress conservatively; no low cut tops or sunglasses, no flip flops. Sleeves are desirable in the professional and government offices. It is a matter of respect. Do not enter a professional building with a cap or hat on. Even ladies must remove the hat or cap in the banks, and remove sunglasses.
 
My top in this picture is not appropriate for a visas, but with the matching jacket on and pulled together it is okay. The collared shirt and slacks works fine for a man almost anywhere.Arne & Linda; the light jacket works in most places, collared shirt is okay with slacks. – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
 
When you go to the immigration office you need to dress as suggested here. If in doubt consult your attorney. Almost every business has a security officer at the front door. If they ask you to not enter please remember you are a guest in this country and if you do not meet their guidelines perhaps you should inquire about how to dress to enter that business and respect the Panamanian traditions. Be a good expat and try harder! This is a wonderful place to live but we are not in America; this is Panama and their rules apply.
Dianne Heidke of The Boquete Handbook – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The dress code in Boquete is pretty relaxed. The young Panamanians LOVE tight clothes. The older people just wear relaxed, casual gear. Think Florida with a Latin twist. If you visit government offices, you have to put a bit more effort into it. Also if you go out at night, dress up a bit.

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