Where to Live in Panama

Where to Live in Panama: Mountain vs. Beach

This information may help you decide whether you want to live in the Mountains or at the Beach in Panama.

It is not only the terrain that differentiates these places, but the weather.   In Panama, a location’s year round temperatures & rainfall are greatly influenced by its altitude, or lack of altitude.

house with fireplace nestled against mountains of Cerra Punta

Homes Often Include Fireplaces in Cerra Punta.(Photo: Cielito Sur B&B)

Mountains of Panama

The higher you go, the cooler it gets.  

It never ever gets cold enough for snow.  However in places like Cerra Punta, which 6,500 above sea level , it is not unusual for a house to include a fire place.

One thing that usually comes with elevation is more rain.  

For instance, in Boquete it rains every afternoon- lightly, but persistently.  They even have a name for this persistent rain:  bajareque.  Boquete is also windy in the dry season (December – April).

Some people like this regular rain.  It definitely creates a lush landscape and makes gardening a dream job.

However, it also makes it very difficult to keep things dry and free from mold.

Man with surfboard on beach with trees, boat, dog in background

Warmer With Less Rain At Sea Level (Photo: My husband in Puerto Armuelles)

Beaches in Panama

At beach level the weather is warmer and sunnier.

At or near the beach you can enjoy the refreshing breezes off the water.

The rain falls mostly during the rainy season and hardly at all in the dry season.

(see Panama Weather  for more on the dry vs. rainy season.)

TIP:  There are alot of microclimates in Panama, and that microclimate can change during the year.    You should visit and talk to the people that live there in order to fully understand the weather you are going to live with.  

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  1. My mother lives in Canaza. I haven’t been there since I was seven. I live in the States now but are considering moving there and was curious about the weather patterns there ?

    • Hi Issaac,

      You may want to look at this info on weather as well as to google weather in the area you are interested in.
      npanama.org/why-panama/where-to-live-in-panama/