Seasons and Weather
Located in the tropics, Panama has just two seasons: the dry season that runs from December to March and the much longer wet season that lasts from mid-March to December. Naturally, the dry season attracts the most tourists as the chance of rain is at an absolute minimum. If you are planning on scuba diving it is also best to come during the dry season as visibility is at its peak due to the lack of rain.
Despite the likelihood of rain, visiting during the wet season is actually not a terrible idea. The rains usually only come for a short burst in the afternoon and the effects on the landscape are remarkable. The whole country is bathed in a lush green thanks to the plentiful water, making the scenery a photographer’s dream come true.
If you are visiting the Caribbean coast, the wet and dry seasons are not as straight cut. Rain falls intermittently throughout the year, meaning there is never really a bad time to come. The only month that should be avoided is November, not just because of the heavy rains, but also because of the multiple national holidays that take place then, meaning that hotels get booked up and the streets get pretty hectic.
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