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Best Time to Visit Panama in 2024 for Beaches, Hiking, Road Trips. Panama Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Panama

  • Optimal: December to April (dry season, pleasant weather).
  • For beaches: January and February offer the best beach experiences.
  • Other favorable months: March, April, November.

Geography facts

  • Location: Central America, connecting North and South America.
  • Area: 75,417 km².
  • Borders: Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast.
  • Landscape: Tropical rainforests, mountains, coastal plains. Highest point: Volcán Barú at 3,475 meters.

Panama is known for its biodiversity and unique geography, featuring the famous Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Climate

  • Coastal: Tropical maritime (hot, humid, wet).
  • Highlands: Cooler, with more variation in temperatures.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Temperatures: Daytime averages of +28°C (82°F) and nighttime around +23°C (73°F).
  • Rainfall: 30 mm.
  • Weather: Ideal beach weather, dry with minimal rain.
  • Sea temperature: +27°C (81°F).

February

  • Temperatures: Daytime +29°C (84°F), nighttime +23°C (73°F).
  • Rainfall: 20 mm.
  • Weather: Continuation of dry season, excellent for outdoor activities.
  • Sea temperature: +27°C (81°F).
Panama (c) www.travel.trasaterra.com

March

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: 35 mm.
  • Weather: Still dry, slightly warmer.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

April

  • Temperatures: Daytime +31°C (88°F), nighttime +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: 60 mm.
  • Weather: End of dry season, great for hiking and beach trips.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

May

  • Temperatures: Daytime +31°C (88°F), nighttime +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 180 mm.
  • Weather: Start of the wet season, increasing rain showers.
  • Sea temperature: +29°C (84°F).

June

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 220 mm.
  • Weather: Wet season in full swing, frequent rain.
  • Sea temperature: +29°C (84°F).
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 200 mm.
  • Weather: Wet season continues, but with some dry spells.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

August

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 210 mm.
  • Weather: Consistent rains, good for lush green landscapes.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

September

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 220 mm.
  • Weather: Peak of the wet season, very humid.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
Panama (c) mavink.com

October

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: 250 mm.
  • Weather: Heavy rains, less suitable for beach trips.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

November

  • Temperatures: Daytime +30°C (86°F), nighttime +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: 230 mm.
  • Weather: End of wet season, rain begins to taper off.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

December

  • Temperatures: Daytime +29°C (84°F), nighttime +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: 100 mm.
  • Weather: Start of dry season, perfect for outdoor activities.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

Panama offers diverse attractions year-round, with the dry season (December to April) being the most pleasant for visiting beaches, hiking, and road trips. The wet season, though rainier, still provides warm temperatures and lush landscapes.

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