High season in Panama lasts from December to April and encompasses four major holidays: Christmas, New Year's, Carnival and Easter. If you come during any of these holiday weeks, expect to pay ultra-premium prices because every beachfront condo is rented, and every hotel, hostel and hammock is full.
During high season, it rarely rains--which keeps the humidity low--but the sun is very intense from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best part of summer in Panama is mornings and evenings. The cool, dry breeze makes sitting outside an absolute must. Plus, the breeze is just strong enough to keep most insects away. Coffee on the balcony in the mornings and wine on the rooftop social area is a daily ritual during high season. Pools and social areas can become crowded, though, as everyone wants to be outside enjoying the great weather. If you're a social person, high season is the time to catch up with old friends and make new friends.
Rainy season is considered low season in Panama because June through November coincides with summer and fall in North America, when the weather there is the most enjoyable. Renters in Panama can get better deals on apartments, and many owners are noticeably absent. One big perk of low season is that beaches and pools are practically empty.
Rainy season doesn't mean monsoons, though. It typically rains 10-20 minutes per day most days during rainy season in Panama. There are only a few days when it rains non-stop, and when those days happen, it's fun and refreshing. Because the equator sun is shielded by a nice cloud cover, rainy season feels much cooler but it's also more humid. The morning and evening breezes are still there but are often very light.
Although I love summer evenings, I prefer rainy season for two reasons. First, it's cool enough most days to keep your windows open all day long. Although baking bread can be challenging in the humidity, I love to sit outside on my balcony and enjoy the warm rain. My second reason for loving low season is that tourists and snow birds are noticeably absent, which means I often feel like I have the whole resort to myself. It's six months of the Robin Leach lifestyle of the rich and famous, and I love deluding myself every minute of those low-season, somewhat rainy months.
Which will you like better? Only you can be the judge. Just throw a dart on your calendar, book a flight, and let me help you find an amazing condo. Once you step off the plane, Panama will seduce you with it's warm breezes and tropical climate.