Boquete just got a bit sweeter!

There are two new sources of sweetness in Boquete (well, newish): Isabella’s Bakery & More and Kotowa Victoria Chocolate.

Isabella is amazing. She is passionate about creating delicious and beautiful desserts. Her outrageously decadent salted caramel brownies, crazy chocolate chip cookies stuffed with brownies and smooth silky banana cake with brown sugar cream cheese icing are off the hook. And her cakes decorated with delicate flower petals look like they grew in our garden! See for yourself:

Isabella’s new Lemon bizcocho, stuffed with lemon cream and covered with Swiss meringue buttercream! Photo from Isabella’s Bakery & More Facebook page!
Boquete Garden Inn flower!

Kotowa Victoria Chocolate is Boquete’s coolest spot to grab a post-dinner coffee, wine and delectable handcrafted gorgeous chocolates. Not to sound like the old-timey lady with her ‘back in the day’ stories, but I remember Victoria when she was still in grade school, waiting for her mom to finish crushing it in spin class. And now here she is: a smart, sassy, accomplished business owner. This place is a must-visit!

My favourite!!

Quetzal Special Rate!

The Quetzals are still nesting – come pay them a visit!

Book directly with Boquete Garden Inn for stays in May and get the ‘Quetzal Special’ rate! We are extending this offer right through to October 29, 2018 (but you might not see Quetzals as easily after May!)

photo courtesy of Bill Fox
photo courtesy of Bill Fox

Our discounted internet rates (ranging from $99 – $149) have been further reduced for stays between May 1 – October 29, 2018 that are booked directly with Boquete Garden Inn:

Queen rooms $79 + 10% hotel tax
King + Single $89 + 10% hotel tax
King Deluxe/Suite $99 + 10% hotel tax
King Deluxe with Terrace $115 + 10% hotel tax

This rate is based on 2 people. Offer only available if you book with us directly on our website or by writing Quote “Quetzal Special”. Add $25 per extra person per night. We are unable to accept kids under the age of eight. No pets. Click to see full policies.

New Direct Flights to Panama

Two announcements this week about direct flights to Panama:

1) Starting February 1, 2016, Emirates will launch a flight from Dubai to Panama City. At 17 hours and 35 minutes, this flight will have the distinction of the world’s longest flight.

The World's Longest Flight.

The World’s Longest Flight.

2) Air France is expanding its Paris to Panama City service, with six weekly flights between Charles de Gaulle and Tocumen International, starting November 2015.

Birds of Panama: the Summer Tanager in Boquete

summer tanager

This beautiful fella is a Summer Tanager. But wait! He, along with some other birds of his genus, are no longer part of the Tanager family: they’ve been re-classified, and are now part of the Cardinal family. (But he still goes by Tanager. He’s not partial to hyphenated last names). Confused? Don’t worry. All you have to know is that he is gorgeous and he is currently enjoying his ‘Breakfast with the Birds” gig at Boquete Garden Inn (the best place to spot the birds of Panama!)

Sneak preview of Boquete before you get here

While the new mayor of Boquete, Sr Millo Vasquez, has initiated a number of important projects in Boquete, the one with the potential for the most fun and wacky hijinks is the live webcam. Located in our town’s central park, the two cameras broadcast 24/7. On top of exciting local events, you can watch old fellers nod off, teenagers preening and prancing and cell phone bunnies pimping the latest data plan.

I am looking forward to prearranging times to wave and act silly for family members and friends back home. And of course, tourists planning to visit our sweet town can get a preview before they arrive!

Note the fancy mobile camera unit.

Note the fancy mobile camera unit.

New Panama flights: United Launches Direct Panama-Denver service

More exciting news about Panama flights! (It seems this blog has morphed into a ‘new Panama flights’ blog).


United Airlines has announced new direct flights between Denver, Colorado and Panama CityTocumen International Airport. Starting August 2015, flights will operate daily (five times a week between September and October 2015).

And with the news of direct flights to David Panama (the addition of Copa Airlines flights between Tocumen International Airport and David Airport), it’s even easier for Coloradans (?) to come visit us in Boquete. (A large percentage of our US guests come from Colorado!)