“The Boquete Handbook has proven to be one of the most helpful tools in our transition to Boquete,Panama. Now that we are here, it is still being put to very good use. Thank you for your diligent work and insight as to what is needed to make things easier during a major life change to another culture.”Sincerely,Leigh Gray.Panama.2015.
“Hello. I read your book and found it very helpful. We are visiting in late Feb., 2014 and this book has provided a lot of very useful information that is not readily available elsewhere. Thanks! “Alan & kathy Cooke. Canada. Jan 2014.
“This book is like a good friend who you can always turn to for reliable advice. It will save you
many times its cover price” Mac. USA. Nov 2013
” I wish The Boquete Handbook had been available when I moved to Panama in 1999!” Terry Zach. Boquete resident.Panama. Sept 2012.
“Hi Dianne, thank you for talking with Susan and me yesterday. The Boquete Handbook is fantastic information for one who is considering a move to Boquete.” Carole King. (USA) July 2012
4th Edition! Updated and expanded as of December 2015 – NOW OUT! Want a paperback copy sent to you now? Click here
The Boquete (Not for Tourists!) Handbook (4th Edition) is a NO BS guide to navigating life in Boquete, Panama. It grows out of my experience of living here in Boquete for the past 10 years. The idea for this book was to put together a comprehensive, informational guide that both residents of Boquete and potential residents could use on an ongoing basis.
You don’t need to be a Boquete expert to live here but if you want help in avoiding costly mistakes, wasting time and endless frustration, you do need the basic info that helps you navigate as we ( the residents) constantly strive to know.
PROCESS – The number one time waster here is not knowing where to go for what. Not knowing“the process” drives everyone crazy. In the handbook you’ll find answers to questions like, Who runs the place ? What is the Government structure? What do the police do & where are they? What to do in an emergency (with contact numbers and tips), plus all your necessary info for Getting around, Visas, Health Options, Property Rights and Process, Construction –tips on Materials, Hiring people, saving $$ with Jubilado discounts, Where to stay, Where to go, What to do, Clubs and a wealth of useful material. (For a more complete list of what’s in the Handbook scroll down).
You don’t have to re-invent the wheel. We have already done that because we live here and have been through it all.
Here’s my guarantee with this PDF ebook – if this handbook can’t answer your particular Boquete question, you can email me directly & I will personally point you to a person or place that can.
See you in Boquete soon!
Dianne Heidke -(Author) The Boquete Handbook.
You will find photos and info that you won’t find anywhere else. They may not be sexy, but they will be helpful. When I first came here, like everyone else, I had to spend an inordinate amount of time at the immigration office. It would have been nice to know what the immigration office looked like! ( and the address!!!)
For more great Tips – Buy the book!
An easy Download from this site is available now.
What does the handbook cover?
- Maps and Geography
- History of Boquete
- City Government Structure
- Who are the Representantes and Corregidores? What do they do?
- Important Phone Numbers
- Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
- Utilities and Telecommunications
- Money and Banks
- Getting About
- Where to Stay?
- Where to Eat?
- Residency and Visas
- Health Care Services
- Veterinary Medicine
- Real Estate: Title and Process
- Hiring and Labor Laws
- Things to Do/Clubs/Points of Interest
- PLUS- Construction Terms Translation, List of (animal) Vets, Jubilado Discounts
The Boquete ( Not for Tourists!) Handbook has been bought, (either in paperback form or via download ) by over a thousand new (or would-be residents) to Boquete, Panama. We have archived a few of the comments here and at the Testimonials page on website . Here are a few comment examples –
“We moved to Boquete 1 month ago and I have used your books AT LEAST 3 times a week. I would have been completely lost without the “Supreme Ruler’s Rolodex”. Boquete is a small town but there is lots to find if you have the right tool – and your book was exactly the right tool!!!
I look forward to updates and, unfortunately for you, I’ll probably be e-mailing you with questions of where to find other things – like do you know anyone who does eyebrow waxing???
Thanks for the book and being so friendly (we’ve met a couple of times on Tuesdays at the market).”
Tina Rouillard. March 5 2015