Panama Rainy Season and where to live

I have wiritten other blogs on how much it rains during the rainy season, but I am going to give a more broad scope in this post.

 

Wondering where to be to stay out of the rain?  Here it is:  http://www.atozmapsdata.com/zoomify.asp?name=Country/Modern/Z_Panama_Precip

 

This link actually shows that the area of David, Boquete, Bocas Del Toro, and generally most of the area of Panama on the Carribean side of Panama and the western area of Panama closest to Costa Rica see just over 8 feet of rain every year.  There are a lot of Americans and some Canadians near David and Boquete, but it is not an area I recommend if you dislike the rain.  

 

Panama City:

 

Panama City is a great place to be located, especially if you are living here with a greater need for affordable health care.  Although the city isn't quite first world yet, it is rapidly on it's way, and one can find a rental here for under 800.00/mo if one chooses to.  It is close to hospitals and everything is available here.  There is nothing that I can find in Canada that is not available in Panama City, including Clamato!!  The rainfall is around half of what David can expect in a year, and that is almost as good as one can get in Panama.

 

The Pacific Coast Dry Arch:

 

This region covers pretty much the entire coast of the Gulf of Panama, which in my opinion, is where you want to be, and why I specialise in these two areas, Panama City, and the coasts and drier areas of the Gulf of Panama.  As you can see from the map, Chitre and Las Tablas are very dry, and very HOT!!  If you like hot, this is a great area.  It is relatively undiscovered largely because of it's distance from major airports.  This will change once the new airport is completed near Coronado.

 

Coronado and the beach areas for near that town are great and is home to many Canadians.  In fact there are entire communities of Canadians living the life and loving it.  Such fun!  It's an area that borders on dry.  It is beautiful for those looking for consistant weather, not much rain, and temperatures averageing around 30 degrees every day.  

 

Another reason the dry arch is great is that there are mountain communities.  This means that if you wish, you can be away from the hustle and bustle, in a climate boasting average temperatures closer to 25 degrees, still very close to the beach (just down the hill), AND not have to be carrying an umbrella everywhere you go. 

 

The bottom line is that the Gulf of Panama is a very diverse region, with less rain.  If the rain doesn't bother you, David, Boquete, Bocas Del Toro, are beautiful areas too, but when you consider the size of Panama, and the great infrastructure, you can make a day trip almost anywhere in Panama from your home in Coronado, Gorgona, or Altos Del Maria, so why live in the rain?  

 

Comments:
Rita Roberts on Sep 19, 2013 4:24 AM posted:
Hi there, my husband and I are planning to visit Panama City, Panama the first week of October 2013. I see that rain is in the forecast everyday during that week. This is our first time coming there. Is this rain simply showers here and there, or will we basically have to spend most of our time indoors?
Eldon on Sep 19, 2013 8:28 AM posted:
Hi Rita, Wow, good question!! I have noticed too, that for most of the 6 or 8 month rainy season, the forcast is the same. Rain. This really isn't the case. There are many days where the rain only lasts an hour or two. There are many days that the sun shines all day, and others where it is just overcast all day. It is pretty uncommon for it to sock in and rain solidly for more than a day at a time here in the city, but it does happen. I hope the weather cooperates for you, but you should plan to carry your umbrellas whether it is raining in the morning or not. It can sneak up pretty fast!!
Rita on Sep 19, 2013 12:01 PM posted:
Thanks Eldon that helps. In your experience have you noticed that the rain in October is so heavy that it's unpleasant to be out and about? We want to do a lot of walking throughout the city. Oh, and what about mosquitoes...what should we expect?
Eldon on Sep 19, 2013 12:22 PM posted:
At times, yes. October isn't as bad as November, but when it rains, it often rains so hard that there is a foot of water in the streets. When this happens, it generally only pours for an hour or so. If the rain does sock in for an entire day, it is generally a drizzle, where you can still get out and enjoy the city. For example, at this very moment, it is partly cloudy and not raining, but that can change quickly to either beautiful sunshine, or rain. Mosquitos are almost non-existent in the city, I think they must spray, but bring the OFF just in case :)

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