Panama is located between Costa Rica to the northeast and Colombia to the southwest, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Forming an isthmus, Panama is known worldwide for its 77-kilometer artificial channel that provides a sea passage between the two oceans. In addition to its interest in the marine industry, Panama has a lot to offer travelers. For lovers of nature and outdoor activities, the country seduces with its beautiful sandy and shady beaches and its many surfing opportunities.
Beach breaks, reefs, barrels or long waves: Panama seduces by the variety of its spots. There are of course very famous but also many other more confidential to discover sometimes alone in the water. Whatever the season, the destination is still preserved from the mass tourism, and if the country is less known of the amateurs of slips than Costa Rica, the practice of the surf is nevertheless as widespread and varied there. It is therefore a destination that is off the beaten path, ideal for a surf trip in Central America!
There are many surfcamps in Panama. We have selected for you the best of them to live an unforgettable experience during your next vacation in Panama!Discover the surf camps in Panama
The surf in Panama runs all year but offers different options depending on the season. From June to November, the rainy season is marked by an onshore wind that usually provides a regular swell. From December to May, during the dry season, the offshore wind reinforces the quality of already consistent waves. So spring, from February to April, is known to be the best time for surfing fans.
Around Panama city is the El Palmar spot. Very popular local, this spot is ideal for beginners but appreciated by surfers of all levels. The swell regularly reaches two meters.
In the south and south-west, the spot of Santa Catalina offers a reliable surf from March to October. What was recently a small fishing village is now home to elites and expatriates. Favorable for experienced surfers, this spot is also popular with beginners and many surf camps and guesthouses are quickly installed. Further south, Playa Vena or Morro Negrito offers regular swell all year round and perfect conditions for beginner and intermediate surfers. The more experienced can venture into Cambutal with waves up to 6 meters.
To the north, take a boat to Grande Island with 2.5 meter waves, clear water and beautiful coral reefs. Colon Island also offers consistent and powerful surf with 4.5 meter waves and a wild and exotic tropical forest. On Bastimentos Island or Carenero Island, reserved for experts, prepare to face waves of 6 to 10 meters. In addition to these two massive spots, the archipelago of Bocas del Toro composed of nine tropical islands offers waves suitable for all levels.
If nature lovers naturally opt for a trip to Costa Rica, Panama is not left out since it has the same wealth in terms of biodiversity. It is found in the country of Pura Vida volcanic mountains, rainforests, coast and varied beaches and a multitude of wild animals such as jaguar, quetzal, lazy, tapir or monkey-bred. The richness of the fauna and flora offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities: hiking, climbing, camping, fishing, diving, horseback riding, rafting, zipline, mangrove paddling , canoe on the Río Chagres, yoga facing the sea ... The country is also home to some of the best coffee producers in the world and an indigenous tribe, the Embera Indians, whose village can be visited. You will have enough to occupy your days after your surfing sessions!
Panama crosses in length on the Panamerican. The distances are long and tedious but the road is reliable. You can choose to use the well-connected coach network or rent your own car. With regard to the locals, Panamanians are proud of their country and delighted to welcome foreigners. They will always be ready to help or advise you in Spanish or English, Panama enjoying the influence of the United States and the international nature of the channel. On the security side, Panama is one of the safest countries in Central America!