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World Class Surf Breaks

Panama has some of the best places for surfing in all of Central America. No matter what type of surf break you prefer, here you will find the wave for you. Panama's highways are among the best in Central America, with 4-lane freeways spanning the country, for quick access to surf spots. The public transport system of buses is good. If you opt to rent a car, it is very easy to reach the various beaches with the help of a map or asking people in the villages along the way.

Pacific surf spots

Malibú Beach is located directly in front of the river. It is a sandy-bottomed site with waves that go from right to left and break best at mid and low tides.

El Palmar

El Palmar beach is located after the town of San Carlos and has 3 breaks: the Front, the Point, and Little Hawaii.

Playa Venao is in the province of Los Santos. It has a sandy bottom (beach break), and the waves are around 3-6 feet year-round, occasionally reaching 8-10 feet high. Venao Beach is near the town of Pedasí, where you can find a range of lodging in hotels or hostels.

Santa Catalina is the most famous beach worldwide for its world-class waves. Santa Catalina is located in the Gulf of Chiriquí in the province of Veraguas. Back in 1970 a couple of surfers in search of waves discovered what was to become the most famous wave in Panama. In the town, you can stay at a hotel or hostel, or rent a room.

Caribbean surf spots

The islands of Bocas Del Toro to the north, on the Caribbean side of Panama, have some of the best surfing in Panama, with a variety of surfing spots. The best waves in this area are found during the dry season from December to March.

One of the best beaches on Isla Colón is Dumpers, a site with a reef bottom with steep drops and large tunnels. Another spot is at Punch, also with a reef bottom, and good tunnels that are fun to hit and for doing aerial maneuvers.

You can also learn to surf at one of Panama's several schools, such as Palmar Surf Camp, Nitro City, Surf School Panama, and Panama Surf School.