When to Go

Advertisement

When to Go

The December-to-May dry season is the most popular time to visit Chiriquí since days tend to be sunny in the lowlands. From December to March the valleys of Cerro Punta and Boquete can be cool and windy and may get light rain. Here trade winds push clouds over the mountains creating a misty condition known as bajareque. In March and April the mountain valleys are warm and sunny, whereas the lowlands become increasingly dry and brown. It rains just about every day from May to mid-July, but from mid-July to mid-September you can get several sunny days in a row. Again, from mid-September to mid-December it rains almost daily. Boquete's Feria de Flores, the annual flower festival, is the third week of January and includes folk dancing and indigenous handicrafts but also excessive drinking and blasting music. You'll find the town's Expo Orquideas in mid-April is more pleasant. The water in the Golfo de Chiriquí is clearest for scuba diving and snorkeling from December to July, whereas the surf is best from July to December.

More Travel Tips

Advertisement

Trip Finder
Store
Guidebooks

Fodor's In Focus Panama

View Details
Travel Phrases

Learn Spanish Phrases before or while you're on the go!

Learn More
Travel Deals