The biggest holiday of the year in Panama is Carnival. Boquete Panama is among those locations that does not have a massive Seco induced hallucinatory party for Carnival. This town is a retreat for people fleeing the Carnival party towns and the Capital. Seco for the uninitiated, is the national drink of Panama, it is just ethanol mixed with water and some “secret” ingredients ( It hink more water). A visit to any local distillery will find the sugar cane being fermented, distilled, bottled and aged in the truck on route to Romero.
Carnival is not unique to Panama, Mardis Gras is a carnival celebration, Brazil has some of the biggest and Panama has some of the wettest. This year the health department is trying to insure the water sprayed on the copious crowds of revelers is safe and they are requiring tank trucks to get permits. The soaking of partiers is part of the Panama tradition.
Another new regulation this year is that you can no longer open a fire hydrant to soak your neighbors. I think they want the pressure for filling the now licensed tank trucks.
If your Carnival goal is drinking heavy, eating street food and getting hosed off as you watch lovely ladies in scanty outfits parade about you need to find another town. If you do not yet have reservations in Los Santos or Penonome allow me to suggest the much closer town of Dolega. Dolega parties for Carnival. The level of intoxication and traffic coupled with the ongoing chaos of constant daily rerouting of the road from Boquete to David means driving to David starting Saturday might be more hazardous than normal. Watch out for horses weaving and riders falling. Parking in Dolega might also be an adventure. But if you want the experience, just do it!