In the Chiriquí highlands only 37 miles (60 km) from the Costa Rican border, Boquete (bow-keh-tay) has year-round spring-like temperatures but is only a hour's drive from the beach. Some of the world's best (and most expensive) coffee is grown on nearby plantations nearly 4,000 feet (about 1,200 m) above sea level. A retirement haven for foreigners, it has a population of about 20,000 and a busy cultural life with a festival season between November through April celebrating flowers, coffee, orchids and jazz&blues. Outdoor activities like hiking, zip lining, bird watching, rafting and golf abound.
Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama