March 6th, 2015
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surf in PanamaSurfing is the most exciting rendezvous with the sea, and in Panama one of the most fascinating adventure tourism alternatives. Experienced or beginner surfers will find beaches on both oceans with ideal waves for the sport. Many national and international professional tournaments take place in Panama, taking advantage of the huge waves of the country’s Pacific coast.
Beaches such as Santa Catalina and Mariato, in the province of Veraguas, and Playa Venao, in the province of Los Santos, are the venue for important regional and international surf tournaments, attracting many participants and spectators.

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, 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).

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