The best time to visit Panama depends on your priorities: places visited, weather, availability, preferred activities, local seasonality, local festivals and wildlife activity. The busiest period for tourist visits is Dec – Mar, and Panamanians themselves love to visit their country’s attractions at holiday times (eg Jan) and Easter.
Panama has a tropical climate with high temperatures (30°C) all year round at low altitudes.
- Panama City and the Canal can be visited at any time of the year. There’s little risk of tropical storms and the country lies outside the hurricane belt.
- Temperatures are significantly modified by altitude – higher up it can be very cool at night. May-Nov is rainy season, but places on the Azuero Peninsula and Pacific coast are drier than those on the Caribbean Sea.
- The Azuero Peninsula and Pacific coast have balmy climate with high temperatures (over 30°C) all year round. There is plenty of sun but for optimum beach time travel Feb-Mar or Sep-Oct. The Peninsula is centre of Panama’s indigenous folklore and there are festivals at Mardi Gras and Cor[pus Christi. A highlight you may consider is the Festival de Manito, August, a 3 day festival dedicated to the maintaining the region’s traditional cultures, with folklore groups, but there are many others at different time: enquire with us.
- The balmy Caribbean San Blas and Bocas del Toro islands have a balmy climate with high temperatures (25-30°C) all year round. There is plenty of sun and the drier months tend to be Dec-Apr.
- At 1,200m the cloud forests of Boquete have cooler temperatures than the lowlands. The drier season is Dec-April. Outside this period it is quieter in terms of visitor numbers. Rewarding bird-watching is possible at any time of the year but the best months may be Feb – Apr.