No Hurricanes in Panama

If you’ve always dreamed of living in a tropical paradise but the thought of hurricanes held you back, there is a fantastic solution!  Panama!

At just 9 degrees latitude, Panama is too far south for hurricanes. Hurricanes must be at least 10 degrees from the equator to form, and Panama is seven to nine degrees. Because the Coriolis effect is too weak near the equator, it does not have enough strength to cause a hurricane system’s solid swirling wind currents.

It takes time for an eye to form over the warm ocean waters, and Panama’s location doesn’t allow enough time for an eye of a hurricane to form.

Cooling Pacific Influence:

Panama’s exposure to the Pacific Ocean also significantly affects its immunity to hurricanes. The eastern Pacific Ocean’s cool waters help stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the conditions necessary for hurricane formation. Unlike the warm waters of the Caribbean, which serve as breeding grounds for hurricanes, the Pacific’s influence on Panama’s climate helps maintain a more temperate and stable environment, reducing the likelihood of extreme weather events.

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

Environmental Resilience:

Panama’s lush rainforests and diverse ecosystems further contribute to its resilience against hurricanes. The country’s extensive forest cover acts as a natural buffer, absorbing moisture and reducing the risk of flooding and landslides often accompanying hurricanes. Moreover, Panama’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development efforts helps maintain the integrity of its ecosystems, ensuring their ability to withstand natural disasters.

Panama does get a tropical storm once in a while, mainly on the Caribbean side. Tropical storms can cause flooding or mudslides in Panama.

However, unlike the rest of its Central American neighbors, Panama is blessed by nature with no hurricanes. No hurricanes is another reason that Panama is the perfect place to live!

Panama also has no significant earthquakes or active volcanoes, making it the ideal place to live!

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San Carlos Beach

Insurance rates went through the roof after several hurricanes in the United States.  But because Panama has no hurricanes, real estate insurance rates are super low.  I just got my annual house insurance renewal bill for $205.70 PER YEAR!

Hurricanes are essentially tropical phenomena driven by the evaporation of a large pool of very warm water near a shoreline. Local geographic conditions may cause them to strike in non-tropical locations, e.g., Florida, Louisiana, the Atlantic coast, and Japan or Taiwan (where they are called typhoons). Hurricanes can strike the Pacific coast, usually in Mexico, but less commonly than the Caribbean.

Wikipedia’s entry on hurricanes has a graphic depicting the tracks of all hurricanes between 1985 and 2005. The graphic shows that, in the Western hemisphere, hurricanes never form below about 8 degrees north and always move west or northwest.

No Hurricanes in Panama
No hurricanes in Panama!

Your home or property investments will be safer in Panama because you don’t have to worry about them being damaged or destroyed by a hurricane.

You can enjoy year-round SAFE weather with no worry of hurricanes in Panama.

Panama has tropical storms that can produce a lot of rain but no property damage like a hurricane.

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Boater come to Bocas del Toro in Panama to get away from hurricanes

Come see how you can LIVE BETTER for LESS in Panama and never have to worry about a hurricane.

Learn how to relocate to Panama with our Online Panama Relocation Guide.  It has the same information that you’d get on a 7-day Panama Relocation Tour including our rolodex of reliable contacts for immigration lawyers, real estate agents, where to get health insurance regardless of your age, and much more.

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. Linda says

    How far is the travel from Chicago to Panama and do you know around what the airfare would cost

    • Panama Relocation Tours says

      HI LInda. Sorry I don’t know how long the flight time is or the cost. You can get that information from a travel agent or one of the online booking sites like

  2. Erasmo says

    The food in Panama is very expensive compare to the USA..even in restaurants…I used to live in the US and still travel to the US and there is no comparison in food cost..I went to Orlando last Feb and went to WalMart and spent $200.00 and got food for 8 days for 7 people…in Panama you spend that only for breakfast.. The pound of banana is shipper in the US…Mango, Plantain, etc…

    • Panama Relocation Tours says

      I just had a great lunch of pumpkin soup, chicken filet, rice & beans and a salad for $5. It that expensive? Not in my opinion.

      Of course, you can go to the gringo restaurants and pay $10 to $20 for a meal. But why do that when the food is more affordable and really tasty at other places.

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