Weather in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro has a tropical rainforest climate that HAS NO PREDICTABLE DRY SEASON. It literally rains all the time. Weirdly, the driest months are October, January, and March but even those ‘dry’ months aren’t really dry. The temperature stays in the mid-80’s regardless of the month. We were there in September, and found that it rained at least once a day.

Dehydration was a very real problem for us due to the relative isolation of our cabin. Because our cabin was self-sustaining we had a filter for rainwater and used it for drinking water, the faucets, the showers, and for watering the ducks. Because of this, there was never enough water. We had to transport all our additional water from the main town on a four wheeler through the jungle back to the cabin. This was easier said than done considering that we needed to consume several liters per day due to the humidity and heat and could only carry so much in our packs. Jeff had an unfortunate episode of heat stroke that sobered us up quickly and convinced us that no price was too high to pay to stay hydrated, and after that we started making twice-daily water runs. You are better off to rise at dawn for the more active part of your day and take a siesta in the early afternoon, then wake up and hang out till dark. It’s miserably hot around 3 in the afternoon and not worth the fight to stay hydrated, so just organize your day around the assumption that everyone is out of commission till 5 or 6 each evening. There were several epic thunderstorms in the evening that quite literally shook the cabin to its foundation and brought huge swells to Bluff Beach, so be ready for that as well.

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