What is the best time to go to Panama? Tips & Recommendations

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Visiting Panama is a plan that will never disappoint you, the country has many natural and cultural attractions and fantastic weather conditions. One of these great attractions is the Panama Canal, known for being the eighth marvel of engineering, which you can explore at any time of the year.

In the following article we will tell you what to see and what to do if you are visiting Panama, what is the official currency, what is its climate like and what is the best time to visit this beautiful country.

What is the weather like in Panama all year round?

Although Panama enjoys most of the time a privileged tropical climate, you should keep in mind that the country goes through a season of intense rains. So, if you’ve planned to do outdoor activities or you’re not a fan of gray and rainy days, we recommend traveling in its dry season; that is, between the months of December and April.

What are the tourist seasons in Panama?

The tourist season usually coincides with its dry season (December – April), as many enjoy its beaches, parks, and nature reserves. Other peak seasons include festive seasons such as Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. During the first half of November, it is common to see many tourists mainly because of the discounts and offers of Black Friday; so we could say that this is also one of the best times to go to Panama.

Las estaciones del año en Panamá ¿Cuándo viajar?
Las estaciones del año en Panamá ¿Cuándo viajar?

Events & Festivals in Panama Year-Round

In Panama, popular festivals abound during all months of the year, here are some of the most emblematic, fun and colorful…

January [Feria de las Flores y el Café]

In addition to the celebration of New Year’s Eve and Epiphany, the Flower and Coffee Fair is one of the most beloved popular celebrations in Panama, to enjoy it you will have to visit Boquete (Chiriqui).

February [Carnavales]

Carnival is one of the most anticipated festivities for both Panamanians and international tourists. Joy, music, colour and tradition come together in places such as: Las Tablas, La Villa de los Santos, Chitré and Penonomé.

July [Festival Nacional de la Pollera]

The Panamanian pollera is a traditional female outfit representative of the country, during this day women wear their skirts, dresses, hairstyles and accessories, highlighting their folklore. The National Festival of the Pollera takes place in Las Tablas (Province of Los Santos).

6 must-see places in Panama

In addition to the festivities mentioned above, the following 6 places cannot be missing from your list of things to see in Panama:

  • Panama Canal.
  • Casco Viejo.
  • Amador Causeway.
  • Coastal Belt.
  • Biomuseum
  • Some of its beaches and islands (San Blas, Bocas del Toro, Taboga Island, Coiba Island, etc.).

Useful tips for traveling to Panama during any time of the year

Panama is a country with a lot of humidity due to its proximity to the sea, so we recommend you bring comfortable and cool clothes, sunscreen and a list of all the places you want to visit. But even more important than all of the above, is that you prepare to use the local currency or the dollar; If you bring another type of foreign currency, it will be essential that you locate an exchange house to exchange your currencies so that you can enjoy your stay in the country to the fullest.