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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss. You'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while on vacation!


Will it Rain During my Vacation in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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That's a question for the weather fairy, and yet I hear it over and over again. Sometimes in January, from students studying Spanish with us several months later. At times, these weather questions get very specific, like: "I am coming from April 22nd until April 28th next year. Will it rain?" It makes me wonder if weather forecasts in the USA or Europe are accurate several months in advance. Last time I checked they are sort of reliable up to 5 days or something like that.

You may as well ask me if you will win the lottery someday (probably not), or whether the world will end in the near future (considering climate change and how we treat our planet, probably yes, at least for us humans).

Ladies and gentlemen, I really hate to disappoint you, but as much as I wish I had clairvoyance superpowers, I am just a regular human being and rely on online weather forecasts, just like everyone else.

The good news is that, having lived in Bocas del Toro for almost 5 years now, I was able to gather accurate quantitative data about the weather in Bocas del Toro, which will allow me to better inform future students about this hot topic.

Today, I don’t really need to check my crystal ball anymore, and I promise you that I REALLY CAN predict the future. Weather-wise I mean! I have summarized the statistical data in the below table with its interpretation, for your information:

Climatological information based on monthly averages for the 30-year period 1971-2000
Rainfall and temperature charts for Bocas del Toro, Panama
Click here for temperatures in °F

So, what does the above chart mean? Here's my interpretation:

My interpretation of the rainfall and temperature charts for Bocas del Toro, Panama
My interpretation of the rainfall and temperature charts for Bocas del Toro, Panama

When I share this information over the phone, it's usually followed by an awkward moment of silence, which I admittedly enjoy quite a lot. Not because I am a sadist, but because it is followed by good news on my part. Some students even call me sobbing on the phone (OK, I am exaggerating a bit!), while telling me that the online weather forecast for Bocas predicts rain every day, and now their whole vacation is totally ruined!

But for Christ sakes please don’t worry, it usually only rains at night, or early in the morning! Why do you think that we schedule your group lessons in Bocas from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm? Not because we don’t want you to party the night before...NO! It’s because of the weather. We know that you like to go in the beach, so why not do it when the sun is out!

Group of friends enjoying Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro
Group of friends enjoying Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro

I can almost hear you sigh in relief=).

Now you don’t have to ask your travel agency for a refund after all, and can proceed with packing your tanning lotion, that itsy-bitsy bikini you bought on sale last winter season, and all those cute little summer outfits you planned on wearing.

That being said, we DO have seasons in Bocas del Toro, and some months that are rainier than others. If you ask me which months are BETTER however, my answer is IT DEPENDS.

Do you surf or plan on learning? Then by all means come during the rainier months, as rain equals good waves in Bocas. The best surfing months are January, February, March, June, July and December.

Do you like swimming, sailing, snorkeling or scuba diving? Then it’s best to visit during the drier months, as visibility underwater is at its highest in April, May, August, September, October and the beginning of November.

Whatever your preference is, please keep in mind that rain does not mean that your vacation is a waste. You are in the tropics, not in London!

The sun always comes out eventually during the day (I am checking my crystal ball as I am writing this), and you will definitely get a nice tan before you return home (just make sure to not over do it!).

Also please remember that I love you all, and that I always welcome your questions, no matter how ridiculous in nature (=sarcasm)

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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss. You'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while on vacation!


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