Rio Mar

Rio Mar is the next beach immediately after El Palmar, situated on the left-hand side of the Pan-American Highway if coming from Panama City. The entrance is very well-marked, so you won’t have any problems finding it.

At the entrance to Río Mar is a neighborhood, and these are all private properties so you should not park there. Instead, turn right onto the asphalt road and continue past the Río Mar Beach Front condos (another private area where trespassing is not allowed) until you reach the end of the asphalt road, and here turn off to the left onto a gravel road.

Río Mar has two breaks for surfers:

Río Mar Front

It is a good beach break with rights and lefts. It is best to surf at medium to high tides. This beach is quite rocky, so be careful.

Río Mar Point

It is the point break found to the right. It only breaks at low tide, but it has rights and lefts. Experienced surfers really enjoy this break and say that the rights are the best. To get there, walk down the beach for about a mile (1.6 km) to the point, climb across some rocks, and finally paddle out to where a long rock ledge juts out from the ocean. It may sound complicated to arrive, but you will be able to see it at low tide.

There is a surf camp on this beach where you can ask for more information. You can also leave your car at the camp, but they might charge you for parking. 


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