RFI: Is November A Good Time To Visit Panama?
Tuesday, June 29 2010 @ 07:55 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
It Rains A Lot in November: Historically speaking, November is the rainiest month of the year in Panama. The rainy season runs from about April through December so if that's a concern then you might want to plan your visit during the dry season (the local Panamanians call it the "summer") from mid-December to mid-April. However, even during the months with the most rain you can still see and do almost anything in Panama. If you've never seen a full blown Panamanian downpour then you've never seen Mother Nature at her finest in this category. It's rare to have days on end when it rains constantly, and for the most part the rains come in blocks, like a couple of hours in the afternoon or what have you. Since I've been living here for so long - now going on 24 years - it's gotten to the point where I practically don't even notice the rain anymore, unless we're really getting hammered with something truly spectacular and noteworthy. For example, most things have some kind of an awning or covering so you can duck into transportation without getting wet. The Visitor's Center at the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal is a good example. You can visit in the midst of the heaviest downpour and still see the ships going through the canal, tour the museum, see the film, visit the gift shop, etc. Of course Panama is "prettier" in the dry season with white fluffy clouds, blue skies, hot sun, clear air, great views, etc. However the "real" Panama, for about eight months out of the year, is wetter, cloudier, and cooler. So, take your pick. The weather in Panama is pretty simple - either it's raining or it's not. Good luck in whatever you decide to do. Oh, and by the way, this video was taken on 15 July 2007. Probably ten minutes after it passed, the water drained away and everyone went on about their lives like nothing had happened.
Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.