It's a month into rainy season, and I'm sitting on my balcony looking out at the Pacific Ocean. It just rained and the air is fresh and light. It was humid this morning as the rain clouds gathered, but now the humidity has blown away and it's a balmy 75 degrees (27 degrees celsius). It's crystal clear, which means I can see the tops of the buildings in the city, and I can also see the mountain range behind the city. For some reason, I can only see these mountains after it rains.
Rainy season doesn't mean nonstop rain. It typically rains for 10-20 minutes a few times a week during the first part of rainy season. Toward the end, the time will increase to an hour or so, but it still doesn't rain every day. Just enough to keep everything lush.
Why I Love Rainy Season
- The weather is diverse. It can be sunny and warm in the morning and then a brisk rain shower cools it down.
- The sun is less intense. As a person with extremely white skin, living on the equator means that I think about when I go outside in dry season (December to April). I typically only go out early in the morning lathered with sunscreen. But in rainy season, the sun is blocked by clouds for a portion of the day, which means I can go outside during the day without burning.
- Everything is incredibly lush. Daily rain and sun and a temperate climate make things green things grow like Jack's magic bean stock. If you put a stick in the ground, it will grow. My view of the jungle is breathtaking.
- It's quieter. Dry season coincides with the North American winter, and the snowbirds come down like flocks of geese to escape the cold. In early rainy season, the tourists are few and far between. This quiet time allows me time to sit and listen to the birds chirp... and it also means incredible rental deals if you want to come down and visit.
If you haven't been to Panama in rainy season, it's time to plan a visit. At Casa Bonita, you'll feel like you have the whole resort to yourself. Well, you and a hundred monkeys and a thousand birds!