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San José

San José is a small town located in the Coclé Province of Panama. It is situated about 45 miles (72 km) south of the capital city of Panama City, and is the capital of the province. San José is a popular tourist destination due to its location in the heart of the Azuero Peninsula, known for its lush landscapes and unique culture.

San José is surrounded by rolling hills, and is situated at the base of the Cerro de San José, a mountain that rises up to 3,000 feet (900 m). This mountain is the highest point in the province, and provides spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The town itself is quite small, with a population of just over 8,000 people.

San José is an important historical center for the region, and is known for its colonial architecture. It was founded in 1749 by the Spanish, and it is home to several churches, including the Church of San Jose, which dates back to 1762. The city was also the site of an important battle in 1856, when the forces of the United States and Nicaragua fought the forces of the Spanish.

San José is a popular destination for those looking to explore the Azuero Peninsula. The town offers a variety of activities, including hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and bird watching. There are also several museums, galleries, and cultural centers in the area, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. San José is also home to a number of festivals throughout the year, including the annual San José Festival, which celebrates the town’s history and culture.

Excursion tips for a day in San José

San José, Panama is a vibrant city full of exciting activities to explore. Here are a few ideas for a day trip in San José:

1. Visit the Metropolitan Natural Park and explore its lush tropical forests and diverse wildlife.

2. Tour the Canal Museum of Panama and learn about the history of the Panama Canal.

3. Take a stroll through the colonial streets of Casco Viejo and explore its many art galleries, churches, and restaurants.

4. Visit the Cinta Costera, a 3.5-mile long coastal walkway, and enjoy the stunning views of the city and the ocean.

5. Shop at the local markets and find handmade crafts and souvenirs.

6. Visit the Panama Viejo archaeological site and explore the ruins of the first Spanish settlement in the Americas.

7. Take a boat tour around the Panama Canal and observe the engineering marvels of the canal.

8. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.

9. Visit the Panama Canal Railway and take a scenic train ride through the rainforest.

10. Visit the National Theater of Panama and enjoy a show or a concert.

Experience San José with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit San José. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in San José

San José in Panama has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 32°C throughout the year. In the dry season (January to April) the temperature is generally hot and humid with occasional rain. The wet season (May to December) is characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity. During the winter months (December to February) temperatures can drop to around 14°C at night. The spring months (March to May) are characterized by warm temperatures, high humidity and occasional showers. Overall, San José has a warm and humid climate throughout the year with rain showers occurring mainly in the wet season.

Cruise weather for San José

Our weather forecast for San José helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 27.4 °C
24.5 m/s
26.3 m/s
99.9 %
22.9 m
81.2 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 26.8 °C
18.0 m/s
17.6 m/s
99.9 %
21.9 m
78.5 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 27.3 °C
min: 26.7 °C
22.3 m/s
20.9 m/s
99.8 %
17.7 m
81.1 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 26.8 °C
14.8 m/s
15.1 m/s
78.7 %
22.6 m
77.9 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.1 °C
16.2 m/s
16.2 m/s
87.6 %
22.8 m
76.6 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 26.9 °C
14.8 m/s
14.8 m/s
87.1 %
23.3 m
78.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 27.2 °C
14.0 m/s
14.0 m/s
75.6 %
24.1 m
77.8 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 26.9 °C
12.6 m/s
12.2 m/s
82.4 %
24.1 m
78.1 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27 °C
15.8 m/s
16.2 m/s
91.7 %
17.7 m
78.8 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 26.8 °C
13.7 m/s
13.7 m/s
52.7 %
22.0 m
79.1 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 27.3 °C
7.6 m/s
7.6 m/s
63.2 %
23.9 m
76.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 27.4 °C
11.9 m/s
11.9 m/s
95.3 %
21.7 m
77.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 27.4 °C
25.9 m/s
25.7 m/s
60.4 %
21.7 m
81.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 27.6 °C
29.9 m/s
36.7 m/s
97.7 %
19.6 m
82.9 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 27.6 °C
25.1 m/s
30.2 m/s
88.2 %
22.0 m
82.4 %
1,010 hPa

Cruises to San José

Would you like to travel to San José on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of San José.

Scheduled ship calls in San José, Panama
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 29th 2024 Sunday, 29th of Dec. 2024 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Feb. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Feb. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Mar. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 14th 2025 Sunday, 14th of Dec. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 2nd 2026 Friday, 2nd of Jan. 2026 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am

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