Santa Catalina. Call Hotel Santa Catalina 6571-4387, La Buena Vida 6635-1895. The Santa Catalina surf break is renowned. Surfers use a channel from the beach out to an offshore site where consistent 12 foot waves break year round; unlike Hawaii, for instance, where good waves are seasonal.
Los Santos– El Sitio Hotel, close to Playa Venao, 832-1010.
Bocas del Toro– also famous for its surfing venues.
Easy reach from Panama City – Punta Chame: The first of a series of Pacific beaches is not a recognised surfing beach. It is a summer venue for kite surfing. Call 6692-9685, http://www.kitesurfingpanama.com or Nitro City 202-6875
Other surf beaches, some with cabin accommodation, are: Gorgona, Coronado, Punta Barco, Costa Esmeralda, San Carlos, Playa Teta, El Palmar (rentals available), Playa Malibu and Río Mar (rentals available at Río Mar Surf Camp).
More information on the website: http://www.surfeapanama.com.