Similar to Boquete in many ways, Santa Fé is also a small, quaint mountain community in Panama’s interior. Unlike Boquete, however, the anticipation of a real estate boom and a flood of foreigners never came to full fruition. Land in Santa Fé is still relatively cheap, the most important infrastructure project (a road to the Caribbean coast) has yet to be completed, and the presence of foreigners is still at a minimum.
The people of Santa Fé are kind hearted and laidback. In Panama City, when people honk their horns at you, it means they want you to get the heck out of the way. In Santa Fé, when people honk their horns at you, it’s followed by a friendly wave, a welcoming nod, and “Hola.”