When To Visit Panama

By BobbyRica | May 24, 2010

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It’s not a valid excuse to come visit places you fancy without learning a thing or two about their climate. There are a number of people who disregard this factor and stupidly fly to never heard of places on impulse and end up suffering from sheer blockheadedness. Since Panama is our featured destination, I’ll let you in on the country’s sometimes’ erratic climate. So, before you go pack up your things, it’d be wise to know when’s the proper time to visit Panama.

Panama only has two seasons, the rainy — or as they call it invierno, which translates to winter — and dry — or verano, the summer months. Funny how they sometimes refer to the rainy season as winter, when there’s not a glimpse of snow in the country. The invierno’s duration is from mid-April to mid-December. The downpour of rain tends to be the heaviest when the rainy season ends, as though the clouds are wrung dry — squeezing out all the drops of moisture. If you’re up for getting wetter than usual, the last three months of the year exhibit the most overwhelming deluge.

The average of Panama’s yearly rainfall is around 10 feet, occurring more on the Caribbean side than the Pacific. I suggest you enjoy your touring activities in the morning since rainfall is more common in the afternoon to early evening. When the rains do arrive, they just pour as they please. To an unbelievable amount of water in an hour’s time or less. Storms hit the country in the the latter part of the rainy season, often lasting for just a few minutes before moving on to a different territory.

It would be perfect to come to Panama during the rainy season if you have yet to experience being blown away by a tropical downpour, literally that is. And the adventure-seekers will surely find it a perk witnessing earth-shuddering thunderclaps all throughout the country. But if hiking or trekking rough pathways is your cup of tea, the rainy season will most likely dampen not just the roads but your spirits as well. Mud can be a bit overwhelming in this season and rivers rise up making routes impassable.

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Many would attest, though, that Panama is at its loveliest in the dry season. Also known as verano, this season witnesses the explosion of greenery and flowers bursting in full bloom. Everywhere around you is painted luminous-green. Later in the dry season, however, the lowlands become brown commonly leading farmers into earth-unfriendly slash and burn agriculture.

Getting around the rugged country is, without a doubt, easiest during the dry season. The once impenetrable tracks would most likely be dry in this season making travel a breeze. But don’t be surprised if rain still falls. Precipitation in Panama is year-round especially in the areas along the Caribbean coast, in the western highlands and in the islands of Bocas del Toro.

If you enjoy diving and snorkeling, the best time to go is debatable. Consensus has it that strong winds tend to stir up the ocean waters, causing sediments to diffuse everywhere from the sea bed. Light rain also aids in calming the waters. However, if you’re diving in a spot where rivers empty into the sea, runoffs after a downpour of rain can diminish visibility. If you ask me, the best way to know is to check it out yourself so there’s no one to blame, when things turn out unfavorable, but you.

Now, if you’re wondering where exactly Panama is, get a map and figure it out! Just kidding. Panama lies between seven and ten degrees north of the equator. It’s smack-sandwiched by Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east. Temperature-wise, Panama is no freezer nor is it a microwave oven. I’d say it’s the place to get the perfect tan. Temperatures range from about 32C (90F) in daytime to 21C (70F) in the evening. It doesn’t get too cold in the lowlands, while the dry season winds makes evenings very pleasant. The highlands is where it’s a bit chilly. Generally, the country can be quite humid throughout the year, but most so in the rainy season. Don’t fret, though, if you’re scared of hurricanes. Panama is strategically-blessed to be sitting south of the hurricane zone so it’s spared from terrible storms.

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Some added nice-to-knows are the following holiday tidbits. Panama’s biggest holiday is not Christmas but the Carnaval, which is held each year in the four days leading to Ash Wednesday. Everything seems to come to a halt during this holiday. Massive parties are a dime a dozen and hotel prices start shooting up so book early if you wanna take part in this action-filled celebration. Besides the usual Christian holidays and New Year’s day, other major holidays include Martyr’s Day on January 9, Independence from Colombia Day on November 3, and Independence from Spain Day on November 28.

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