TOP 10Surf Spots

Santa Catalina

Point break is located in the province of Veraguas, about 6 hours drive from the capital. One of the longest waves crashing right, of Central America, can reach up to 15 feet high. The background is composed of volcanic rock and the water has a warm temperature all year round. The town of Santa Catalina has excellent accommodations and affordable prices for a low budget trip.


Beach Break (sandy bottom) is located in the province of Veraguas, about 4 hours from Panama City. You can enter the Via Atalaya road before Santiago. Surf rights and lefts, this is the scene of many national and international competitions. The water temperature is warm for most of the year. The waves here can reach up to 15 feet high but it is advisable to only surf 8/10 feet, and the entrance to the waves can be a bit tricky.

Playa Venao

This point is on the Azuero Peninsula, about five hours from the city of Panama. It is probably Panama's most famous beach break (sandy bottom). Well known for being the location of most international competitions that take place in Panama, among these we mention the Reef Classic. In Venao beach you can find all kinds of accommodations, including resorts and hostels. The water temperature is warm for most of the year except the summer months (December to March) which has cold currents, however, you can surf in a shorty (spring suit).


One of the most consistent beaches in the Panamanian Pacific, waves can reach 20 feet in height, with different point breaks and beach breaks along its coast. It is located on the Azuero Peninsula, an hour's drive from Playa Venao. It is surrounded by many hotels and resorts focused on surfing and nature.

Chame banks

Only 50 minutes from Panama City, this beach break (sandy) is located in the area of Punta Chame. Surf can reach up to 8 feet tall. Breaking right and left, this wave stands out as the most consistent of all the beaches of the Bay of Panama.

Isla Grande

Located in the Atlantic area of Panama, approximately 2.5 hours from Panama City. From Portobelo, it's a 5 minutes boat ride from La Guaira. The beach breaks up about 8 feet tall on a coral reef, right and left. The water is clear and the island has a lot of vegetation. You can find a variety of lodging, from budget accommodations in the village to more luxurious hotels slightly further away.


This golden sand beach located in Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro Province is one of the most perfect and powerful of the world's breaks. Waves here can reach up to 15 feet high, the landscape is extremely exotic as it is set in a rainforest full of greenery and flowers. The wave is very busy and perfect for the best bodyboarders in the world, but slightly difficult to surf on a surfboard.


One of the most perfect lefts in the Panamanian Caribbean, located at the tip of Carenero Island in the province of Bocas del Toro. Breaking on a coral reef, this wave can reach up to 10 feet high. It is very popular with professional surfers from all over the world. AT Carenero island you can find a variety of lodging options from hostels to hotels.

Morro Negrito

Recognized as a top surfing destination in Central America. Located on an unspoiled island of the Pacific coast of Panama, you will enjoy wave after wave for you and your friends. There are several islands around Morro Negrito and each offers its own unique wave. Hollow point breaks that are quick to solid beach breaks. You can find excellent surf camps which will provide access and information about where to go and at what time or season the waves are pumping.

El Palmar

Located in the village of San Carlos within an hour's drive of Panama city. El Palmar is one of the places most frequented by people learning to surf. It is composed of three surf spots: A beach break, The point which breaks over rocks on Hawaiian full tide, in addition to breaking on rocks and breaking to the left. You can find many accommodations to stay at from budget to luxury hotels.