The cost to buy a home in Bocas Del Toro depends on where you are buying. The price of most of the houses in Big Creek is US $300,000 and up. That would be a nice 2-bedroom and 2-bathroom house. There is one for sale right now that cost $387,500 and it is across the street from the beach. It is a 2-bedroom and 2-bathroom house; 1,600 square feet upstairs and downstairs is a 1,600 square foot unfinished area and it is on a slab that has a patio where you could have your barbecue and a storage area that you could also finish.
In Saigon, you can get a casita for about $80,000.
You can buy a half an acre lot in Bluff Beach for a $150,000 and build your house on it.
In Drago, the houses that are for sale are from the town area. We have a listing there for a 5-acre lot for $580,000. We have a listing for a fixer-upper which costs $200,000. They are all on the beach.
In Carenero, local houses are cheaper but not many of them are for sale. The gringo houses are about $500,000 and up. Houses close to discotheques are around $200,000, which is cheaper than those in quiet neighborhoods. I have one listing there for a 2-bedroom and 2-bathroom condominium unit for $195,000 with sand beach in front of it.
In Solarte we have one listing for a home made of local hard wood for $169,000. It needs some renovation but you could get a lot of equity on that one. It is a big, 3,000 square foot home.
(To get an idea where these areas are located and for a short description of each one, please see my answer under "What are the main cities, towns, communities and developments of the Bocas del Toro area and what is each one like?")