Expats are treated very well not just in Boquete, but in all of Panama as well. The country of Panama is one of the least racially prejudiced countries, and I mean that from the color of the skin to the language. I would say that the only discrimination that you would see is verbal discrimination towards Oriental people, particularly Chinese, because they very successfully run many of the businesses in Panama. As far as prejudice against Americans, English, or any Europeans, I would say basically, it is non-existent.
I think there still is some resentment, a very, very small amount though, and only ever sort of alluded to very slightly, that arose as a result of one or two of the Panama Canal situations. I have been speaking with some Panamanians who knew I was English, and I extracted this from them, just to find out for myself. Right now, they are proud of the fact that they are doing a very good job with the Panama Canal and they are making more money than the Americans did when they were here.
Therefore, I would say that the attitude from Panamanians towards 99% of Americans are fine, unless the Americans really push some buttons that will make Panamanians react negatively. For example, if an American says, “Oh back home, we can always get this...” it would not matter if it were a Canadian, German, or an Englishman who said that, but if an American says that, he will get a push back from the Panamanian. I think, one time, I had that said to me, and I immediately pointed out that I am not American, so they had made a big mistake.
I would say there is far more prejudice in the US against people of color, from the Mexicans to the Afro-American people. With Panamanians and nationalities here in Panama, color is hardly noticed. There have been presidents in Panama who were of color long before the US. There is no racial prejudice in Panama.