The locals are very friendly and nice here in Bocas del Toro. For the most part we, Americans, get treated really well. I relate to locals the way I treat any human being and in return I get treated with respect as well. Panamanians are just like us they like to be appreciated and paid attention to. When you do that for one another we shine. I have both local and Expat friends. Expats in general also get along well, we have people from all over the world and part of what we like is that Bocas is an interesting melting pot with lots of opportunity.