Elevate Your Comfort: Choosing Your Ideal Temperature in Panama

Panama, the land of stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity, offers a unique and extraordinary feature that sets it apart from many other tropical destinations: the ability to pick your ideal temperature based on the elevation at which you live.

Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this Central American gem boasts a fascinating climatic diversity that allows residents to enjoy a comfortable year-round climate, thanks to the impressive changes in temperature with elevation.

A Tropical Paradise Near the Equator

Panama’s geographical location, only 9 degrees from the equator, ensures a consistent and pleasant climate throughout the year. Daytime temperatures are the same in January as they are in July. The country’s proximity to the equator means it enjoys almost equal day and night lengths, making it an ideal destination for those seeking warmth and sunshine without the extreme temperature fluctuations of some other regions.

Aerial view of the Bridge of the Americas at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal
with Panama City in the background.

Coastal Delights: 90 Degrees Fahrenheit

Panama’s coastal regions are the perfect place for you if you enjoy the sun and beach. The coastal areas, including Panama City, Coronado, and Bocas del Toro, enjoy average temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). You’ll find pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a vibrant atmosphere that beckons you to relax and unwind. The warm coastal climate is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and indulging in water sports.

Elevating Your Experience

What sets Panama apart from many other tropical destinations is the dramatic change in temperature as you move inland and ascend in elevation. For every 1,000 feet (approximately 305 meters) increase in elevation, the temperature drops by about 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 degrees Celsius). This means that residents and visitors can customize their preferred climate simply by choosing their location.

The Cool Comfort of the Highlands

As you venture into Panama’s lush interior, you’ll discover the beautiful highlands that offer a refreshing escape from the coastal heat. Cities like Boquete and Volcan, situated at higher elevations, boast temperatures around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (21-24 degrees Celsius). Their elevations range from 2000 feet to 6000 feet. Here, the climate is more temperate, making it perfect for those who prefer cooler, crisp air.

El Valle de Anton, located in the highlands of Panama about two hours west of Panama City, boasts a pleasant and temperate climate throughout the year. Situated at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level, this charming valley enjoys average temperatures ranging from 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 27 degrees Celsius). Due to its elevation, the weather in El Valle de Anton is notably cooler than the coastal regions of Panama, offering a refreshing escape from the tropical heat. Visitors can expect to experience a lush and green landscape, with occasional misty mornings and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities comfortably year-round. It’s a perfect destination for those seeking a serene and tranquil atmosphere amidst nature’s beauty. And, it’s only a 40 minute drive to the beaches.

The picturesque landscapes of the highlands are adorned with coffee plantations, cloud forests, and charming villages. Visitors can enjoy hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the unique flora and fauna that thrive in these cool, elevated regions.

View of mountains in Volcan Panama

Choosing Your Ideal Temperature

The ability to choose your ideal temperature in Panama is not limited to just the coastal or highland regions. The country’s diverse topography offers numerous microclimates, allowing you to fine-tune your climate preferences. Panama has a place for you whether you’re a sun seeker, nature enthusiast, or someone who enjoys a balanced mix of both.

For example, if you enjoy the warmth of the coast but also appreciate the cooler evenings, you might choose to live in a coastal town and occasionally visit the highlands. This flexibility is what truly makes Panama a unique destination.

living in coronado
Coronado, Panama


Panama’s remarkable geographical diversity and proximity to the equator create an incredible opportunity for residents and visitors to select their ideal temperature. Whether you prefer the sun-soaked beaches along the coast or the refreshing coolness of the highlands, Panama’s climate allows you to have it all within a short distance.

So, if you’re dreaming of a place to pick your ideal temperature based on your preferences, Panama is undoubtedly a tropical paradise that offers the best of both worlds.

The ability to customize your climate experience is one of the many reasons Panama stands out as a fantastic destination for those seeking a truly unique and diverse tropical living experience

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Join us for an all-inclusive Panama Relocation Tour. During this 6-day, 7-night tour, you will discover if Panama’s amazing weather is for you! You’ll experience the temperature difference based on elevation.

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Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

Reader Interactions


  1. Andre Mare (South Africa) says

    Hi Jackie , Thanks for your informative emails which I enjoy immensely.

    I recently saw a video that warns people against the “windy season” particularly in the Boquete region. How true is this and how long and annoying is this ? or is it just someone being negative ?


    • Jackie Lange says

      It is more windy during the dry season. But it’s not windy all day or every day. Some areas, don’t have much wind at all. So, it depends on where you are staying.

  2. Alice spurr says

    Hi Jackie,
    Your articles are always helpful and I always enjoy reading them.
    I am curious about how much more expensive is it to live in El Valle de Anton compared to Boquete, Volcan or Panama City? Is it easy to find rental homes there? Thank you very much for all the information you provide.

    • Jackie Lange says

      Alice, It is much more expensive in El Valle de Anton. Yesterday a couple renting a furnished two bedroom two bath condo with an ocean view in Panama City – $900. A two bedroom two bath house in El Valle would be about $1500. In Boquete, it would cost about $900 to $1500 depending on the location. In Volcan, you can get a very nice furnished two bedroom house for $600 to $700. In Chitre, you can get a two bedroom house for less than $500.

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