Atlantic (Caribbean) –vs- Pacific Coasts of Panama
Although the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of Panama are separated by only 50 miles at their narrowest point, there is a World of difference between the two.
Most noticeable is the difference in weather. Due mostly to the Trade Winds, the Caribbean Coast of Panama receives nearly twice as much rain as the Pacific. The Pacific Coast of Panama has much more predictable weather patterns with a Dry season for the months of January to May and a Rainy Season from June through December.
There is also a remarkable difference in the tides between the two coasts. The Pacific has tide variances of about 12 to 18 feet while the Caribbean experiences changes of less than 18 inches. This usually makes for the less cloudy waters and more abundant coral reefs on the Caribbean, but much larger and plentiful surf breaks on the Pacific Coast.
The Gulf Stream brings nutrient rich waters, and the game fish that thrive in them making the Pacific Coast unparalleled when it comes to sport fishing. Along with the game fish come other marine life such as whales, sea turtles, porpoise and whale sharks (as impressive in their size as in their gentleness).
Socially, the Pacific coast is more developed than the Atlantic coast. Panama City, the country’s capital resides on the Pacific, and with it comes the country’s banking sector, transportation hub, finest healthcare facilities, latest technology, best dining, resorts and luxury. The Caribbean, however, boasts the Worlds second largest free trade zone.