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You can travel to tropical Panama all year round, but the driest part of the year runs between January and mid-April. This is generally considered the time to see Panama at its best. If you’re not bothered by a bit of rain, consider travel during the rest of the year. These times can offer great value and allow you to experience several well-loved Panamanian events and festivals. Temperatures remain at a fairly constant high throughout the year, staying at an average of 30°C (86°F). On the Caribbean coast, there are short, heavy bursts of rain almost daily, while the Pacific coast has a pronounced wet season from May to November.

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While Panama’s best weather occurs between January and March, I prefer to visit in November and early December. For me, they’re the most enjoyable months: the rainforests are at peak lushness, there are fewer foreign visitors, and some lively national celebrations are taking place.

Michael, Peru and Mexico Specialist

Panama Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bocas del Toro 28°C 201mm 29°C 168mm 29°C 142mm 30°C 245mm 30°C 233mm 30°C 328mm 29°C 391mm 30°C 294mm 30°C 196mm 30°C 199mm 29°C 318mm 29°C 287mm
Panama City 31°C 42mm 32°C 15mm 32°C 11mm 33°C 71mm 31°C 212mm 30°C 204mm 31°C 177mm 31°C 208mm 30°C 204mm 30°C 292mm 30°C 240mm 31°C 112mm
Tranquilo Bay 28°C 211mm 29°C 178mm 30°C 148mm 30°C 245mm 30°C 243mm 30°C 350mm 29°C 404mm 30°C 311mm 30°C 212mm 30°C 217mm 29°C 329mm 29°C 305mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Panama

Cathedral in Chitre

Visiting Panama in May - August

From May to August, the tropical rains begin in earnest. This doesn’t always deter visitors, with many North Americans and Europeans choosing to visit Panama during their summertime. While you can expect typically short, tropical thunderstorms during this period, adrenaline-seekers can take advantage: heavier rains swell the rivers and create excellent conditions for rafting.

Events & Festivals

  • The small city of Chitré and Los Santos Province celebrate Corpus Christi, and Los Santos’s idiosyncratic celebrations include costumed dancers dressed as ‘diablicos sucios’ (‘dirty devils’), a tradition dating back to colonial times

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