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YouTube ogf Hurricane Otto Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAlthough generally correct that Panama does not see hurricanes, it is factually incorrect to say its NEVER seen one in recorded history. In fact, there has been one- Hurricane Martha in 1969.
 
Also, although Panama has only been officially hit by one hurricane (Martha-1969), the area of the Caribbean just north of Panama is a relatively active area for tropical cyclone formation and Panama is not immune to seeing the affects of these storms even if they don't make landfall in Panama as defined by meteorologists. In fact, as recently as 2016, Hurricane Otto (official landfall in southern Nicaragua) claimed the lives of 4 Panamanians.
 
(Click on the picture to see a YouTube of the reporting of Hurricane Otto.)
David Whittington of Tucan Golf Club and Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Rain in Panama City,Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNo, there are no hurricanes in Panama.  Panama is well below the hurricane line. In addition, Panama is facing east and west so hurricanes come in from the east and swing up northwest.
 
I’ve been in Panama for almost 4 years now and my wife has been here for over six and the most that we’ve experienced is a hurricane that was close enough to get a lot of rain, but nothing serious as to winds.  We have no concerns about hurricanes here in Panama.
 
(Rain in Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
John Derry of Serenity Vista Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Retreat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The short answer to the question of whether Panama has hurricanes is 'no'. Thank God. As a sailor, that was a huge attraction to this area. We can safely go sailing in the beautiful Pacific waters around Panama any time of year, and feel safe. Of course we always carefully check marine forecasts in various ways prior to going out, but in 21/2 years of being here, we've never had to postpone a sailing trip because of weather. 
 
Just another amazing aspect of Panama that makes it so safe and inviting!
Alan Filliger of Alana la Casa del Arte – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There has never been a hurricane in Panama for as long as weather has been recorded  ....never.  I am a permanent resident in Panama now and I have lived in Panama for about seven years, one block from the Caribbean Ocean.
 
I have always had a dream of retiring and living in the tropics.  For a long time I thought the retirement country would be Mexico, near Playa del Carmen.  I traveled throughout most of Mexico for many years in my motorhome and I knew Mexico very well.  One big problem for me with Mexico though was all the hurricanes ... especially where I wanted to be, on the Caribbean coast. 
 
That's when I found out about Panama.  No hurricanes, democratic government, great cost of living, two oceans (one hour drive apart) and great benefits for retirees.  I traveled to Panama, saw the whole country on several trips, checked out all the "gringo" hot spots and decided the Caribbean was the best place for me.  We build a new house on the Caribbean and we have been living happily ever since ..... and no hurricanes.
 
RENE GOMEZ of SCUBAPANAMA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas in 1492.  In Panama he came across the Kuna Indians who, to this date, live on Atlantic coast sand islands no more than 6 feet over sea level.  If there had been any hurricanes...there would have been no Indians - as simple as that.
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Ian Usher of House Sitting Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hurricane season in the Tropical North Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th each year.
 
Panama hurricane tropical cyclone tracks Bocas del Toro Caribbean – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
The graphic to the right shows all recorded hurricane tracks in the Atlantic from 1851 to 2005. As you can see, I've highlighted Panama (red ring). In 150 years, not a single hurricane has troubled our luckily located Central American paradise.
 
A tropical cyclone is a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters, and develops because of the differential between air and water temperature.
 
Here in Bocas del Toro on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama we have a VHF based expats and cruisers radio network. Each morning at 7:45 am there is a regular gathering for the "Bocas Net", a 15 to 30 minute roundup of local topics - upcoming community events, sales and wants, problems and tips, and an open forum section for birthdays, trivia or anything else. An important part of the daily get-together is the weather forecast for the day.
 
I am privileged to be the weather man for three days a week on the "Bocas Net" (and presenter one day a week), and during hurricane season I have to keep a regular watch on the National Weather Service's "National Hurricane Center" website, which has regular updates on any systems, in our case the area of interest being the Tropical North Atlantic.
 
Once again, Bocas del Toro, and Panama in general, has never been hit directly by a hurricane. That is why Bocas del Toro is such a magnet for the cruisers, who head down here in June and July to sit out hurricane season in a safe and comfortable paradise.
 
Of course we do get our fair share of weather, and when it rains here it really does rain in a spectacular fashion. In hurricane months we do have some spectacular thunder and lightning too.
 
So if you do come down to Bocas del Toro to check out the area, and I sincerely suggest you do, try to make friends with a sailor and see if you can listen in to the expat and cruisers network at 7:45 one morning. It'll give you a great sense of the wonderful community spirit down here.
 
See you on Channel 68.
 
Ian
 
 
FOOTNOTE:
For general interest, I am writing this in early June 2013, and hurricane season is just starting. We've already had Tropical Storm Andrea this year, which dashed up the eastern coast of the United States. Tropical storms and hurricanes are named in a sequential alphabetical system through the season.
 
Names which may make the news this year (but without Panama mentioned in the headlines!), like Sandy did last year, are:-
Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy
Any stormy names there that you know?
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Bill Brunner of abc realty panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hurricanes rarely if ever hit Panama.  Maybe 2 every 100 years.  We do get some awesome rainstorms.  It rains here 8 to 9 months out of the year, but it isn't the wind you have to worry about, it's the amount of water we get in those rains, although this year we are suffering through a bit of a drought.
 
The rains are starting again, and it brings a lot life back with it. Many of the tropical birds are coming back. If you have dry skin than this is the place for you.  The moisture feels good.
Michael Ducharme of Lotus Garden – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Sand and shell on the beach in Pedasi, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI agree that Panama is outside of the area that is regularly hit by hurricanes. But it is not accurate to say that a hurricane has never hit Panama.
 
Hurricane Martha hit Panama in 1969 and this was not the first, nor the last. Just a few months ago, Hurricane Sandy started right here. The news reports say that it started "just north of Panama". But in fact, Sandy blew out a window from my home before these news reports even caught wind of the story.
 
It may be fair to say that Panama should experience fewer hurricanes than the countries that are regularly hit. But with ever-changing worldwide weather patterns, it would be foolish to assume that no hurricane will ever hit Panama. 
Ivan Marquez of Manglar lodge – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Panama has never been hit by a hurricane. The most we get here is a little more that usual rain but is no big deal in almost all the country.
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Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The best answer regarding good weather in Panama, is that the Panama Canal was built here, chosen from among other countries, precisely because Panama has no hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or tsunamis.  Only beautiful weather all year-long.  Rain season between May and November, and beautiful rainforests with bird watching.
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RICH Novak of RE/MAX Beaches & City! INC. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Map of hurricanes in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe Republic of Panama is safely located outside of the ferocious, nasty hurricane belt.  A hurricane has NEVER struck Panama - NOT EVER!  Panama = NO Hurricanes. May be one of the the top reasons why my wife and I relocated from the US to Panama.

While in Florida during 2004 & 2005 my wife and I (and Calico Cat) endured Wilma = $29.2 billion damage, Charley = $18.2 billion damage, Ivan =$18.1 billion damage, Frances = $10.4 billion damage, Jeanne = $8.0 billion damage...  Actually during September 2004 we were whacked by both Frances and Jeanne and for a period of time we were homeless and forced to live with friends - OUCH!

See how my beloved Panama is safely located out of harm's way of any hurricanes - :)!

When it comes to Panama weather we just love to say NO!   NO Hurricanes, NO Tornadoes, NO Snow, NO Blizzards, NO Sleet, NO Hail, NO Freezing Temperatures, NO Ice except in our margarita glasses -

So Come To Panama & Turn YOUR Frown Upside Down!
  

 

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