When is the best time to go to Panama?


Anytime is a great time to travel to Panama. The country has a wealth of places to visit and all kinds of activities – including hiking, rafting, snorkeling, surfing and more – for visitors to enjoy throughout the year. That said, many people do prefer to come during the dry season, which runs roughly from mid-December through mid-April. During this time, areas along the Pacific are usually dry and warm. The Caribbean coast (which includes the Bocas del Toro and Guna Yala archipelagos) has less predictable weather patterns and tends to be wetter than the Pacific side. The driest months in Bocas are from September–October and February–March. The rainy season typically sees sunshine in the morning and rain during the afternoon.

Not surprisingly, the largest numbers of tourists come to Panama during the dry season. Accordingly, prices at hotels can be more expensive. Other times of the year that may see price hikes (due to increased demand from both locals and foreigners) include Christmas, New Years and Semana Santa/Easter.