In 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.