Climate of Panama

Tucked neatly under the equator, Panama is a tropical country with a refreshing menu of microclimates to choose from. In general Panama has two "seasons". In the rainy season, from March until mid-December, it rains almost daily—usually in the afternoon for about an hour or two. During this time it can be quite humid, foreigners not used to it will probably need airconditioning.

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During the dry season however, from December until March, it rarely rains in most parts of the country. During this time you can count on clear skies, but the rainforest is not as full and green as it gets when rainfall is plentiful. Although the dry and rainy season are the standard in Panama there are some caveats.

On Atlantic-Caribbean coast there's a limited about of rain in the dry season, making it a greener area than other parts of the country. This includes destinations like Bocas del Toro, Colon, Isla Grande and San Blas Islands. Other areas such as the Azuero peninsula, considered by some to be a desert, receive little rainfall even during the rainy season.

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Panama's mountainous regions can also get rain during the dry season, which can mean just a light mist or "barajeque", or hard rainfall. But because of their higher altitude, regions such as Boquete, Volcan and El Valle have a cooler, spring-like climate year-round that contrasts with the tropical climate of most of Panama. Many residents choose to buy property in the mountains and on the beach, the best of both worlds.

Visit our article on the Best time to visit for more information to help you decide when you should travel to Panama.