Housing Costs in Boquete, Panama

The big myth about Panama is how cheap it is to live here.  The truth is you can live better in Panama, probably for less, but how much less depends on where you are coming from.  If you live in an area of the country/world where everyone wants to live, Southern California, Seattle, Bay Area, Boston, New York Metro, London, Riviera, etc., you are going to find Panama to cost a lot less for most things.  But if you live in some parts of the US and world, not mentioning any names, where folks don’t especially want to live and the cost of living is less than the rest of the country, you may find Panama costs about the same, or for some things even more.  It just depends!  Hard and fast rules, or gross statements are generally misleading.

So what does housing cost in Panama?

Today I’ll tell you about buying a home.  Next time I’ll tell you about renting, and I’ll tell you the advantages and disadvantages of renting.

Many expats are drawn to the province of Chiriqui located at the Western end of the Isthmus, bordering Costa Rica.  Boquete is particularly appealing because of the incredible beauty of the area, the year-round spring-like weather (no air conditioning or heat, and a vibrant expat community.  So here’s an idea of what’s available right now to buy in Chiriqui.

Homes in Boquete and Chiriqui … Boquete, Boca Chica, David, Dolega, Potrerillos, Puerto Armulles,  Volcan, Puerto Armuelles … Welcome Home!


BOQUETE Mountain Estate $775,000

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This approximately 4,500 sq ft Tuscan-inspired 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes a high-ceiling living room with double-sided river rock fireplace opening out on to an expansive terrace/porch which overlooks the small valley below.  The living room opens into a dining room and a kitchen with granite counter tops and Burmese Cherry cabinets.  The open concept extends out to a huge terrace/porch ideal for entertaining. 3.5 acres abounds with coffee, bananas, oranges, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Enjoy your own home-grown coffee, orange juice and bananas for breakfast!  Off paved road – all one floor, no steps – private and tranquil – offered at below replacement cost.

BOQUETE 2+2 Alto Lino  $339,000

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This charming, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom mountain property with beautiful views is the perfect retirement retreat or second home for anyone who wants to experience the incredible lifestyle that Boquete has to offer.

BOQUETE  Los Molinos $439,000


Superbly designed 3 bedrooms, 3 baths plus maid’s quarters 15 minutes from Boquete town and 20 minutes from David.  Tons of upgrades.  Located in a beautiful, quiet, gated community near spectacular canyon view.  A whole lot of house for $439,000.

BOQUETE Estate in Bajo Mono $895,000

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Private Boquete  acre [1 hectares] retreat, almost 2.5 acres [1 hectares] in Bajo Mono, just outside of Boquete town.  The main house is 4,300 sq feet  [400 sq meters] with 3 bedrooms,  2.5  bathrooms plus double car park, fitness and basketball court, beautiful gardens with a container house for the gardener.

BOQUETE Las Trancas furnished $119,000

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Here’s a special opportunity to stake your claim in Boquete with a small, cute, unique, somewhat funky casita, furnished on a 15,640 sq ft [1,453 sq m] lot that is already beautifully landscaped and planted with tropical fruit trees … hold on, partner! … ALL THIS FOR $119,000!

BOQUETE open spaces & views 3+3 $280,000


This 3+3 home is 2,800 sq ft [260 sq m], has a high ceiling in the great room with teak wood ceilings throughout. Surrounded by a beautiful stone wall, the home is built to European/North American standards on a 75,347 sq ft [7,000 sq m] lot.

 BOQUETE Los Molinas 3+2.5 $430,000


Beautiful 3,476 sq ft [323 m] home in Los Molinas, a community high above the canyon of the Cochea River with two spectacular waterfalls.   From the screened and glassed in terrace you overlook the canyon and the waterfalls with views of Volcan Baru and the Bay of Chiriqui!

BOQUETE Turnkey – Just Bring Toothbrush! $420,000


All you need is your toothbrush! Bedroom, 3 bath, approx 3,800 sq foot home on 1,2 hectares of landscaped property.   Titled property. Price Includes: corporation, land, house, furnishings, fixtures, appliances, and all household goods –everything you will need for a comfortable life in Panama.

For Sale BOQUETE El Salto beautiful views $425,000

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This 3,000 sq foot [279 sq meter]4+3 home in El Salto, just minutes from “downtown” Boquete, features a spacious open concept floor plan that spills outside to a lovely covered terrace with beautiful views. The light filled master bedroom opens to a private covered terrace overlooking Alto Lino.

BOQUETE Valle Escondido Condo $329,000


This 2,400 sq foot []condo was picked by the builder to be on House Hunters International because of its exceptional views. Located on the second floor and just 40′ from the year around stream. This beautiful condo offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, cathedral ceilings, large walk-in closet with additional storage above.  The home comes completely furnished with 2 king beds, couch, loveseat, tv and everything you need except toothbrush. A gym and social membership come with the property.

Boca Chica

With the completion of the new 4-lane Pan American Highway Boca Chica is going to continue to explode with new development and rising prices.

For Sale BOCA CHICA Pacific Waterfront & View $395,000

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Incredible property in Boca Chica with great commercial potential. This is the last undeveloped plot in this commercial prime area of Boca Chica with beach and view.  The property is 5,785 m2 (almost 1.5 acres), the tenderloin property between Sea Gull Cove Resort and Gone Fishing Panama, right on the beach, incredible view, and anchorage just off shore.

For Sale BOCA CHICA Million Dollar Mansion

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One of the most beach front, view home in Panama that will please the most discriminating buyer. Located 100 ft [30.5 m] above sea level, this 5,382 sq ft [500 sq m] ocean front home offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views, resort-like landscaping, and an infinity pool.  The home also has a self-contained apartment which can be rented for extra income, granny annex or a treat for your guests to a private getaway.


DOLEGA  4+3 Family Home $197,300

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Charming  2,400 sq feet, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, family home sitting on 1 full acre of perfectly manicured, fully fenced land.  This location is prime as you are only minutes from both Boquete and David.  Dolega is cooler than David, warmer than Boquete, with warm days and cool nights where you sleep with the windows open and just a fan.  Here’s a deal you won’t find in Boquete: all this for $197,300


BOQUETE Potrerillos  $229,000

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Pool home on the road to Potrerillos, on a lovely 1 acre property filled with fruit trees, is an open concept home with TWO MASTER bedrooms, beautiful pool, huge garage/work area, as well as a 1 BR casita which can be rented.  A great value!   Furnished or non-furnished.

Puerto Armuelles

PUERTO ARMUELLES by beach $135,000

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Move-In Ready Home One Block From Beach …  Completely remodeled 2 + 1 home in Corazon de Jesus area of Puerto Armuelles, 1 block from the beach. Corazon de Jesus is a neighborhood that borders the beach–quite a bit of surfing. Only 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Armuelles and 5 minutes from the new highway connecting Paso Canoas and Puerto Armuelles.

San Lorenzo

For Sale SAN LORENZO – Spectacular Private Beach House $629,000

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Spectacular Beach House at Playa Nanzal in San Lorenzo, about 45 minutes east of Boca Chica. Very Private – Possible Development – Magnificent oceanfront estate on 3.75 acres with 350 feet of private beachfront overlooking the Pacific at Playa Nanzal. Almost 10 acres [4 hectares] of adjacent fully titled beachfront land also for sale at $15 per sq meter. Financing available.

So you can see for yourself there is quite a variety of housing available.  You’ve got everything from a funky, little cottage for $119,000 to a $1.17 million mansion overlooking the Pacific.

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