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 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?
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