Because Panama is only 9 degrees from the equator, the temperatures remain constant through the year. There is no a hot or cold time of the year. The only thing that changes is the amount of rain we get. Mid-December through mid-April are considered the “dry” season, so there is less rain and it is a bit more windy. Mid-April through mid-December is considered the rainy season but we usually don’t get a lot of rain until November. We don’t do tours in November. Even when it does rain, it usually starts in the late afternoon, around 4pm, when the tour group is already at our hotel for the evening.
In Panama City and near the beach areas, it will be in the 85-95 degrees during the day. The temperatures could drop 10 degrees in the evening.
In the mountains, it will be 75-85 degrees during the day. The temperatures could drop 10 degrees in the evening. Jeans are the preferred attire here but you are more than welcome to wear shorts. If you get cold easily, bring a long sleeve top or light sweater or jacket to wear because the evening temperatures can get down 65.
So, with that weather in mind, you will know what kind of clothes to bring on the tour. THINK CASUAL and PACK LIGHT! It’s not a fashion show ladies! You won’t need any dress up clothes. See the photo ABOVE to know what the typical tour group wears during a tour.
A few pairs of slacks, shorts, and a 3-4 t-shirts will be plenty. We will stay at two hotels which have a pool so bring a swim suit. You should also bring a lightweight jacket for the evenings. And bring a hat because the UV rays can be intense sometimes.
You can get all the clothes in your suit case washed, dried and folded for only $5 at the hotel on night three of the tour.
Throughout Panama the sidewalks are not level so it is important to wear sturdy flat shoes. Tennis shows or Keens are ideal for Panama walking because they offer better protection and more stability when walking around town. Sandals are fine for the beach areas but not good for cities.
Surprisingly, Panamanians rarely wear shorts or sleeveless tops. You will not be allowed in some banks, government offices or even a hospital if you are wearing shorts or a sleeveless top. So bring at least one pair of jeans or slacks and one shirt with sleeves. If you are going on a hospital tour in Panama City or plan to open a bank account in Panama City, you will need appropriate attire. (Note, in Boquete the banks are much more casual, you can wear shorts, sandals and a sleeveless top at banks in Boquete)
Bring a swimsuit! We will stay at several places where you can swim in the ocean or the hotel pool. The hotel where you will stay in Panama City before the tour, Crowne Plaza, has a roof top pool with spectacular views.
With the TSA 3-ounce rules about liquids in your suitcase, you may want to wait to buy shampoo, sunscreen and other liquid items in Panama.
We STRONGLY encourage you to only bring a carry-on size suitcase. There are several reasons for this:
- We have limited room for luggage storage on the bus
- You will get through Panama Immigration and Customs much faster if you do not check a bag
- You will get through Immigration and Customs much faster on your return trip
- There are extra charges for luggage over 40 pounds on the regional airlines.
- You really don’t need many clothes and you can get laundry done every couple of days.
You will be responsible for getting your suitcase on and off the bus. So pack light! You’ll enjoy the trip a lot more when you have less stuff to lug around. You may want to leave your laptop at home as the hotels where we stay have a business center where you can log in to check emails. Sometimes it is nice to be unconnected!
You will be allowed one (1) carry on size bag per person plus one SMALL bag like a purse or camera case. There are multiple reasons for this including (a) Copa Airlines and Air Panama have a size and 35 pound weight restriction for bags and you will be flying back to Panama City on Copa or Air Panama, (additional fees apply if you have a bigger or heavier bag), (b) There is limited room on the bus for bags, (c) YOU will be responsible for getting your bag on/off the bus and into your room so it needs to be light enough that you can lift the bag on to the bus and carry it up stairs, (d) You won’t need many clothes and there will be plenty of places to get your laundry done during the tour.
If you are planning an extended stay in Panama after the tour and need to bring more clothes than a carry on suitcase, we can make arrangements for your larger luggage to be shipped to Boquete or where ever you plan to stay so it will be waiting for you after the tour. The Crowne Plaza in Panama City will hold your extra luggage for you too.