Boquete or Volcan, What's Your Preference?

Volcan or Boquete, Which Was Right for Us?
Some people don't even realize that there are other places to live in Panama other than Panama City and Boquete for expats. We want to get the word out about Volcan (and any other expat city)! Where would you pick?

I lived in Volcan for many years but I really like Boquete also.

Volcan lacks a Central Park and that makes a difference. It’s not a walkabout environment.

If anyone is interested in living in the highlands of Panama, they should check out El Valle. It is 2 hours from Panama city and is probably the most beautiful place in Panama. It has around 150 expats from around the world and is definitely the most friendly and welcoming of the expat communities. There is also good shopping, banks, and public service there.

The possible disadvantage are that it is a bit warmer than the other 2 towns-it is at 2000ft instead of 3-4,000ft. Also, if you want a good, private hospital, you will have to travel to the city. There is also no private schools here.

As for expat activities, we have a weekly get together at a restaurant, biweekly trivia, Spanish lessons, and several regular volunteer oportunities.

is according if you speak spanish and how much you value gringo company ,, the small community of cerro cama " bed mountain " outside chorrerra is close to lake gatun , arenosa , and chorrerra ,, if you like to garden , fish, swim , snorkeler etc, and want to live cheap is a great little place 20 miles from the Caribbean is nice and cool most days and night s check it out ,, 20 minutes from major city of chorrerra and an hour from panama city    PS  i do not care for volcan nor boquette nor bocas del torro ,, nor altus de maria , nor cerro azul ,, but love el vallee for many different reasons ,,and i have been here for 17 years

Wolfman - your points are good ones, although a newcomer will have to make those discoveries him/herself. Question - are there opportunities for rental accommodation in Cerro Cama? I have not heard of it.

My husband & I are making our first visit in October but we’re very interested in Volcan! From what we can see in our research, it has a similar climate to Boquete but a better mix of Panamanians & expats. We really do want to experience the culture, learn the language & immerse ourselves in Panamanian life — not just bubblewrap ourselves in transplanted western culture! What’s the point of leaving the U.S. if we’re just going to maintain the same habits & culture? Anyway, that’s our opinion & what we’re seeking!

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