The Best Time to Cruise Panama

Catch Panama at its most beautiful from December to April.
Catch Panama at its most beautiful from December to April. (Image: dangindling/iStock/Getty Images)

If you're looking for relief from bitter winter weather, consider a cruise along the Panama Canal. Panama's tropical climate falls between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, with the best weather from December to April. This season also includes several holidays and the nation's largest festival. After April, however, be prepared for frequent rainstorms that may interfere with your cruising fun.

The Dry Season

Mid-December to mid-April is the dry season in Panama, and while the weather will still be humid, you're less likely to get stuck in your cabin due to rain. The sunniest weather is usually between March and May. Cruises, hotels and other accommodations may be more expensive during this time, however, since it's Panama's high tourism season.

Festivals and Holidays

Panama's biggest event, Carnaval, is in February on the four days before Ash Wednesday. A February cruise to Panama will let you catch the party atmosphere of the city and the favorable atmosphere of dry season. Other holidays in dry season include Christmas, New Year's Day, Martyr's Day on January 9 and Easter, which may fall before mid-April.

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