The History and Future of the Real Estate Market with our Crystal Ball

Clients are asking us what is happening in the real estate market here in Bocas, so we thought we would give you a quick market history. We at Buena Vista Realty collectively have lived in the Bocas islands many years. Over the years we have seen this little Caribbean town and archipelago change at different times. Not to be righteous, we do not profess to having a crystal ball of our own to tell the...

Bocas sends off two favorite sons with boat and surfboard parades

Bocas has lost two favorite well respected sons. Andy Crawford , a long time Bocas resident from Texas passed recently. An accomplished musician with percussion instruments as well as mastering the steel drum, he will be greatly missed on the vibrant local Bocas music scene. He was also a surfer always riding the waves on Isla Carenero Point..On September 9th over 60 boaters, SUPers , kayakers and...

New Bocas Update!

Current Holidays Update: New curfew is in place for the holidays, All beaches are closed from December 23 until January 4th. The curfew hours are 5am until 7pm . Bocas has the lowest COVID count than anywhere in Panama. However the health minister sends down orders from conditions based in Panama City sometimes goes on a national level. Many times this has residents and business owners frustrated. As...

Quarantine here in the islands April 2020

April 2020: To me, Bocas Town looks and feels like it did 20 years ago. Peaceful, few cars, fewer boats, only a few businesses open. The Panamanian government has done a good job of taking serious measures to ward off the virus from coming to our islands. The borders and airports are closed. The only people here in Bocas are residents. All tourist have traveled back to their countries a month ago. If...

2nd Annual Bocas Del Toro Regatta

Here is the highlights of the 2020 Regatta. Special thanks to Latitude 38 Publication 2020 The Beauty of the Bocas Regatta By Christine Weaver | February 21, 2020 | Bocas del Toro, Panama | 3  Cruiser and Latitude 38 contributor Louis Kruk checked in from Panama with a report and photos from the Bocas del Toro Regatta, hosted by Bocas Marina on February 15. The Bocas del Toro is located on...

Bocas Day, Let the Fiesta Begin!

Every year in November Bocas Town has its weekend recognition celebration. All schools of all ages participate in the marching parades and they do a fair amount of practicing We all know this as practice starts a couple of months before hand. It is a fun two days as little drummers play in step with their little drum majors. The big bands march to popular music you will recognize. The marching bands start...

Bocas Town becomes haunted by “little” scary creatures!

For some strange reason on October 31 of each year, little creatures just “appear up” in front of the Buena Vista Restaurant and threaten to bite an event announcer on the ankle if he does not fork over some candy. The restaurant is decorated like a dungeon and the announcer introduces the little scary beings. They came in all shapes and sizes, from gremlins,witches, ninja turtles, star wars warriors,...

It’s Chili on the Beach!

The first Sunday of October every year for the past 14 years, Bocas beaches plays host to the most popular social event of the year with the Chili Challenge . 7 to 10 chili teams compete for bragging rights for their chili. Team Showmanship is also is a category that teams dress for and design their booths for a certain crazy theme. For the last 3 years, Skulley’s Beach Bar has played host to the...

Living this island dream!

Many people ask us “how do you go about living the island dream?” How do make that life changing move?  My business partner Sumayyah has been here since 1998 and I (JB) have been here since 2003. We always answer that question with “You gotta just do it” No over analyzing or procrastinating. You just get your affairs in order as quickly as possible. At 50, I realized the stress of running a...

GPS? We don’t need no stinking GPS in Bocas!

GPS?.. those are famous last prop letters as I was putting on yet another propeller on my boat. In a daily twist of Caribbean events the prop becomes the story. That day, our favorite island troubadour, Jimmy Buffett, who sometimes jets in to Bocas for a little surfing and R&R drops in. Bocas just happens to be  one of the those places where one can get away from the hectic life as a famous...

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