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Anne-Michelle Wand of United Country Bocas del Toro – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Bocas del Toro man driving a boat from inside cabin – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhat dress code?
 
People in Bocas Del Toro wear shorts and flip flops, but you will not find locals in shorts. The native Panamanians wear long pants and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts year round. Expats wear shorts, flip flops, tank tops, and bathing suits year-round.
 
I wear little dresses, and for parties we dress up a little, but you will not see anyone wearing a tie here, except for locals. If you are going to court, you wear a tie. Otherwise, you don’t.
 
Bocas Del Toro is very casual.
JB Seligman of BUENA VISTA REALTY located in BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
boat tours in Bocas Del Toro – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Bocas Del Toro, you wear whatever clothes you want. Since I am in real estate, I wear shorts and t-shirts and most people do the same. Shorts is the name of the game here. Everybody here wears shorts, and flip flops is your standard foot issue. People who own the really nicer hotels tend to dress up a little bit more to reflect the clientele that they have.
 
Basically, my real estate uniform is shorts, cotton t-shirt, a baseball cap and flip flops. That is pretty standard here and pretty much, everyone wears that. You don’t need to bring long pants here in Bocas. Very few people wear long pants. Women wear the same thing.
 
Panamanians tend to wear long pants, flip flops or they may have tennis shoes. They wear loose fitting shirts that are comfortable. Very few people wear shirts that are tucked in; either Panamanians or expats.
 
You can walk into any restaurant, hotel, or any place here in Bocas wearing what I have mentioned above. The only place you cannot walk in with shorts on is the mayor’s office. When I go to see the mayor, I do wear long pants. The mayor is a friend of mine and I like to see him from time to time for specific projects that we need to talk about such as clean-ups, boat races, and other activities that the expat community gets involved in with the locals.
monique born of Tesoro Escondido Eco Lodge and Cabinas – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The dress code on the whole island including Bocas Del Toro is very casual. Most tourists and expats dress very casually. Please note though, that by and large, Panamanians dress well. There are also rules when entering a government building, such as the municipality and the mayor's office where you cannot go with flip flops and or tank tops. In addition, it is against the law to walk around town without a shirt on. You can get fined for that. If you plan on doing business with Panamanians, or need to interface with government officials, it is good form to dress up a bit as a show of respect.
 

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