Panama has an abundance of super surfable waves. There are sites for all types of surfers, from beginners to professionals. Whether you're looking for the best place to warm up or chasing the perfect spot, you'll find the wave that's right for you in Panama.
Below are some facts about surfing in Panama;
1. The temperature in Pana is around 30 ° C all year round, in the air as in the water, this destination is a dream for surfers all over the world.
2. Ideal for starting surfing or scoring world-class waves, the seasons offer conditions for all tastes.
3. Panama alternates between tropical climate from May to December and dry season from January to April.
4. Bocas del Toro, known for its world class spot, has a particularly pleasant climate for more than six months of the year.
5. Playa Venao is located on the Azuero Peninsula of Panama. On the southern side, the spots receive swells of the south almost all the year and it is there that one finds the most consistent beach breaks of the country.
6. Playa Venao is ideal for all surfers; left, right, beginner, experienced, make your choice among the many peaks.
7. The small community of Playa Venao is an example of successful mix with locals and expats who share in a relaxed atmosphere all year round. The line-up is never overcrowded, and the local surfers are cool.
8. The main spot in the center of the bay offers long and powerful left but also straight depending on the orientation of the swell.
9. The spots of Cambutal are known to be a little more powerful than those of Playa Venao but there are fewer peaks and especially much less consistency.
10. This stretch of coast at Cambutal is also known to welcome the hatching of thousands of turtles. A little wonder of nature. It is easy to find accommodation between surf lodge and eco-lodge.
11. On the Pacific side, Morro Negrito is also a well-known surf destination in Central America.
12. Located in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Morro Negrito is divided into two islands: Big island and Small island. Between beach breaks and reef breaks, you will have a lot of choices.
13. Also on the Pacific side, Santa Catalina is a small coastal town in the province of Veraguas. It has one of the longest beach breaks in Central America.
14. The water in the Santa Catalina is translucent and the marine life is abundant; enough to offer you spectacular visions from your board.
15. Not far from Santa Catalina is Playa Morrillo, another famous spot in Panama that hosts many international competitions. The water is hot, and you can find happiness there as a beginner or experienced.
16. For all those who visit Panama solely to surf, Bocas del Toro is number 1 on the list of spots to visit. Bluff Beach, on the main island of Isla Colón, is a beach with golden sand surrounded by lush exotic vegetation.
17. With waves that can go very high at Bocas del Toro, we find mostly body boarders, although some surfers come to take up the challenge from time to time.
18. There are several point breaks at Isla Grande that will suit experienced surfers.
19. Along the coast from April to June, there are generally offshore winds and regular swells from the southwest. This is one of the most popular periods for surfing in Panama.
20. The Pacific coast is also home to considerable waves in July and August. At this time of the year, South West swells are strong and constant.
21. In July and August, South West swells can sometimes exceed two to three times the height of the breakwaters.
22. The dry season (mid-November to mid-April) is not as epic in places like Santa Catalina, but some of Panama's islands may still have some nice west/northwest swells. The weather during this time of the year is sunny and the winds are light. Most of the swell is small and northwesterly.
23. During the transition period in the spring, especially in February and April, the wind can blow all day, allowing a few surfing sessions in the afternoon. Southwestern swells come at this time of the year and last until May or June.
24. Popular places like Santa Catalina can be relatively busy all year round.
25. The most accessible surf spots are found along the eastern Pacific coast in Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean. Other Caribbean spots are interesting but these tend to be difficult to access.