When to go

The Best time to go to Panama

As a country with a tropical climate and year-round pleasant temperatures, there really is no bad time to visit Panama. With two oceans – the Pacific to the West and the Caribbean to the East – it’s packed with tropical beaches, wonderful wildlife and some of the most beautiful rainforests in Central America. 

Whilst Panama is growing in popularity amongst tourists, part of its charm is that it is still relatively undiscovered. With so much on offer, there really is no bad time to visit Panama.

Panama in January

Avg. Temperature: 26.2°C / 78.8°FSun: 7.4 hrs per day 
Rain: 29.3 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 70%

If you’re in need of an enticing escape from the typical harsh colds of the northern hemisphere’s winters, then look no further than Panama in January! With long, sunshine-filled days, pleasant temperatures and next to no rain, it can be one of the best (and most popular) times to visit the outdoor adventureland that is Panama. And, as the rainy season has just ended, the natural landscape is thriving from the water it received in the previous months. Read more.

Panama in February

Avg. Temperature: 26.3°C / 79.3°FSun: 8.8 hrs per day 
Rain: 10.1 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 66%

In Panama in February, it is the heart of the dry season, with only one rainy day on average throughout the whole month. Expect clear, bright skies, almost guaranteed! Bear in mind that this leads to bigger tourist crowds, which in turn means prices on travel and accommodation can soar compared to quieter months. Despite that, it’s a great time to relax on the islands of Bocas del Toro, revel in the rainforest at Soberanía National Park or enjoy the hustle and bustle of Panama City! Read more.

Panama in March

Avg. Temperature: 26.6°C / 79.9°FSun: 5.9 hrs per day 
Rain: 13.1 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 56.5%

If dry skies appeal to you there can be no better time to visit Panama than during the month of March. Temperatures soar, the sun blazes and there’s barely a cloud in sight. It’s paradise! It is the ideal time to explore the highlands of Panama and indulge in some epic treks and hiking, or for a more relaxing holiday the Caribbean Coast is the place to be. Read more.

Panama in April

Avg. Temperature: 27.5°C / 81.5°FSun: 5.8 hrs per day 
Rain: 64.7 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 79%

Looking for some serious heat? Then April is the time to visit Panama! With almost 6 hours of glorious sunshine, high temperatures and very little rain, Panama in April will feel like a summer vacation came early. Enjoy the beaches of the Pacific Coast, or the best waterfalls the country has to offer, while the skies are almost guaranteed to be clear, bright and dry. If you’re in Panama over Easter, be sure to check out some local celebrations, too! Read more.

Panama in May

Avg. Temperature: 27.8°C / 82°FSun: 3.5 hrs per day
Rain: 225.1 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 71.7%

Considering a trip to Panama in May? It’s the start of the rainy season, but don’t worry, there’s so much to do and the great outdoors can still be enjoyed! If you’re hitting the city, the capital has plenty of interesting museums and galleries to escape from a downpour. For outdoor adventurers, Lake Gatun is a beautiful artificial lake that has plenty of exciting activities on offer year-round. Read more.

Panama in June

Avg. Temperature: 27.5°C / 81.5°FSun: 3.9 hrs per day
Rain: 235 mmAvg. Humidity: 81%

It may be the wet season but fear not, there’s still plenty to do in Panama in June! There are fewer crowds, too, which generally leads to better prices on travel and accommodation, as well as having more of this beautiful country to yourself. June can be one of the very best times to explore the rainforest, thanks to the warm, tropical rain that has a magical effect on the vegetation and the wildlife. Read more.

Panama in July

Avg. Temperature: 27.5°C / 81.5°FSun: 3.4 hrs per day
Rain: 168.5 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 80%

If you’re thinking about visiting Panama in July, it can be a great time thanks to the pleasant temperatures and fewer tourist crowds. The rainy season has started but July is one of the drier months, so don’t let this put you off booking your Panama stay. While there are on average 17 rainy days in July, the good news is that this tends to be concentrated to an hour or so in the mid-late afternoon. As long as you pack a waterproof layer, we’re sure you’ll love Panama in July! Read more.

Panama in August

Avg. Temperature: 27.4°C / 81.5°FSun: 3.8 hrs per day
Rain: 219.9 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 81%

August is a hot and humid month to visit Panama, at the heart of the wet season, but thanks to the heat there’s barely a trace of rain after the downpours end as it evaporates at lightning speed. The natural landscape of Panama simply thrives in the rain, the lush rainforests and jungles coming to life and the wildlife buzzing with excitement as its natural habitat is revitalised. Read more.

Panama in September

Avg. Temperature: 21°C / 79.8°FSun: 3.3 hrs per day
Rain: 253.9 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 81%

Although Panama is a wet month in September, it experiences a slight relief from the heavy rainfall of neighboring months and as such, can attract more visitors than other parts of the rainy season. The rain wakes the flora and fauna of the country and creates a beautiful, vibrant and lush green landscape from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific Ocean. The San Blas Islands off the Caribbean coast have some of September’s best weather. Read more.

Panama in October

Avg. Temperature:  27°C / 80.6°FSun: 3.4 hrs per day
Rain: 330.7 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 81%

At the heart of the wet season, October can be a good time to visit Panama to grab a bargain on your travel and accommodation. Also known as the green season, it can be a fantastic time to visit Panama if you’re looking for a natural paradise, as the stunning landscape and vegetation thrives from the rain. Read more.

Panama in November

Avg. Temperature: 26.8°C / 80.2°FSun: 4.7 hrs per day 
Rain: 252.3 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 82.8%

November isn’t the most popular choice for visiting Panama, thanks to the rain, but we don’t think you should write it off until you’ve read our guide to Panama in November. It is true that the rainfall is heavy throughout the month, but it is also quite predictable and contained to just a couple of hours in the late afternoon, so it’s quite easy to plan around the weather! November is a month of celebration in Panama, with five national holidays providing the entertainment for locals and visitors alike. Read more.

Panama in December

Avg. Temperature: 26.25°C / 79.25°FSun: 3.9 hrs per day
Rain: 104.6 mm per monthAvg. Humidity: 75.5%

If you are considering visiting Panama in December, then you’re just in time for the festivities as the Christmas season kicks off around the 14th of the month! After months of rain, December is finally seeing some dry weather and the rainfall reduces significantly from the months passed. Whilst sunshine hours are quite low, the days are long with 11.6 hours of daylight. It’s not too hot, not too cool – December is just right to visit Panama! Read more.

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