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Boquete Newcomers - Useful resources (by no means, is this list complete but it can get you started with information about your new town) Public Facebook groups: (sign up for notices) - login into your Facebook page and search BOQUETE Examples: Boquete Community Group – information about what’s going on in town, places to rent, public notices Boquete Music Calendar – what’s happening at the bars / live music venues/ who’s playing Meet Boquete Newcomers – social group and information sharing efforts. BCP – Local Theatre, weekly talks, and sponsor of Tuesday Market 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon every Tuesday - across the bridge near the Feria. Mayor’s office : Alcaldia De Boquete ( public notices about water, elec., projects etc.) and Municipio Boquete Public websites: Sign up for notices firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/groups/News.Boquete/ http://www.chiriqui.life/ https://boquete.ning.com/ https://allaboutboquete.com/ APPs: Boquete and Beyond https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.chiriqui&hl=en ( listings of all kinds of things here – avail for Android) Panama Good Times (avail for Android and iPhone) – details about all types of things, tours, places, restaurants In need of health equipment /hospice /what to do if die in Panama : http:// www.boquetehealth.org ( can obtain printouts to complete) Emergency services/spanish translation/police contact/ambulance/fire contact/medical discounts: Rodny Direct ( subscription) https://rodnydirect.com/ Mail / shipping services : Post office is located across from the Park, in the corner of the Admin building MailBoxes Etc., EShop Boquete, UnoExpress (Alto Boquete), Fletes Chavales – overnight and goods shipping – approved by US Embassy Supermarkets ( Mercado ) e.g .Super Baru , Romero’s, Mandarin ( Bajo Boquete) and host of smaller ones; Alto Boquete : Ivan’s , Dorado, Mini Dorado, El Dorado Plus etc. (To get keys cut, plumbing parts and groceries = Mandarin) Banks: Multibank, Banco General, Global Bank, Banco National, Banistmo (David – has ATM in Super Baru) Cell phone services: Mas Movil, MoviStar ( have offices here) , Claro (David) Volunteer organizations: heaps of them!! for handicapped, dogs, cats, children, education, veterans, indigenous causes Social groups: several for women ( e.g. Chica’s, Girls and Gals ) and men ( e.g. Romeo’s) etc Boquete Newcomers - information sheet.docx
Recently, Scotiabank in David closed and left no forwarding address. As I do most of my business etc in David these days (Sorry, Boquete..) I found myself in need of a full service bank in the City. Talked to my insurance agent (Gloria D) and she recommended Banco General. Good for me, as there is a branch in Terronal Mall and many others around town. So, off Jocie and I go to the bank, hoping for a quick transaction. Not so fast boyo! Firts visit the customer service rep. Explained what we needed (all in Spanish, no English there) and sent us off to get the required documents. First, a letter of referral from Scotiabank and proof of where our funds were coming from. Easy peasy....got that stuff and returned to the bank. The new customer service rep. Looked at the paperwork and said it wasn’t enough. We needed proof of where we lived and a personal reference (used Gloria D). Off we went again and returned the next day with the new info. We spoke to the first service rep who took all the info and then told us we needed to provide proof that our funds were being taxed in Canada. Left again. Out in the parking lot Jocie remembered she had emails on her phone from our Cdn accountant, along with our SIN numbers. Back into the bank, met with the rep again and showed her the info. She recorded the SIN numbers the reached into her desk and brought out the magic stamp. Stamped all our info and gave us Clave cards, telling us the account would be active next Wednesday. All in all, a not terribly difficult process “IF” we had been given all the requirements on the first visit. An adventure and a learning experience! To sum up, you need: Passeport/cedula proof of where your money is coming from. proof of residence (water bill etc) reference letter from your bank proof you pay taxes in your home country personal reference Other banks may be easier, our insurance agent recommended Banco General so we went with them.