Surfing Spots in Panama

Surfing Spots in PanamaBefore I get into some of the surfing spots in Panama, let’s learn a little about this country.  Panama is the most southern country of Central America.  Central America is made up of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.  Panama is bordered by Costa Rica to the north and Colombia to the South.  The Caribbean Sea is on Panama’s eastern coastline and the Pacific Ocean is on its western coastline.

The capital of Panama is Panama City which is also its largest city, the official language of Panama is Spanish.  Panama declared its independence from Spain in 1821.  Panama has a Tropical climate, with wet and dry seasons.  The President of Panama is Juan Carlos Varela.  A major contribution to Panama’s economy is the Panama Canal, which was built by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914.

According to Worldometers.com, Panama is ranked 132 in the World in population, with a population of nearly four million.  According to Statisticstimes.com, Panama is ranked 80 in the World in gross domestic product (GDP), which is one of the indicators of the health of a country’s economy.

Surfing Spots in Panama

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The Balboa and the U.S. Dollar are the currencies of Panama.  Panama is the only country where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic Ocean.  Panama City is the only capital with a rainforest within its limits.  Panama has over 1,500 miles of coastline and many great surf spots.  Now that we know a little about this Central American country, let’s look into some well-known surfing spots in Panama. Here is a list of some well-known surfing spots in Panama: Santa Catalina, Punta Roca, Punta Brava, Playa Venao, Playa Cambutal, 411, Frente Palmar, Punta Palmar, Hawaiisito, Playa Paunch, Dumpers, Playa Bluff, Silverbacks, Carenero, Playa Malibu and Morro Negrito.

Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot if for the experienced surfer.  Santa Catalina is located on the western coastline of Panama, and is approximately 238 miles northwest of Panama City.

Punta Roca

Punta Roca is a reef break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Punta Roca is located south of the Santa Catalina surf break and is within walking distance.

Punta Brava

Surfing Spots in Panama

Cambutal

Punta Brava is a point break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Punta Brava located south of the Santa Catalina surf break and is within walking distance.

Playa Venao

Playa is a sand bar break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all experience levels.  Playa Venao is on the western coastline of Panama, and is approximately 27 miles west of Panama City.

Cambutal

Cambutal is a point break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all experience levels.  Cambutal on the southern coastline of Panama, and is approximately 242 miles northwest of Panama City.

411

411 is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  411 is just north of the surf break Cambutal, and is also approximately 242 miles northwest of Panama City

Frente Palmar

Surfing Spots in Panama

Playa Bluff

Frente Palmar is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all skill levels.  Frente Palmar is located within El Palmar beach, and is approximately 74 miles northwest of Panama City.

Punta Palmar

Punta Palmar is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all skill levels.  Punta Palmar is located within El Palmar beach, and is approximately 74 miles northwest of Panama City.

Hawaiisito

Hawaiisito is a point break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all skill levels.  Hawaiisito is located within El Palmar beach, and is approximately 74 miles northwest of Panama City.

Playa Paunch

Surfing Spots in Panama

Playa Venao

Playa Paunch has a wave that breaks both left and right, this is a surf spots for surfers of all experience levels.  Playa Paunch is located in the province of Bocas del Toro off the northeastern coastline of Panama.

Dumpers

Dumpers is a reef break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Dumpers is located in the province of Bocas del Toro off the north eastern coastline of Panama.

Playa Bluff

Playa Bluff is a sand bar break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the very experienced surfer.  Playa Bluff is located in the province of Bocas del Toro off the north eastern coastline of Panama.

Silverbacks

Surfing Spots in Panama

Santa Catalina

Silverbacks is a reef break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the very experienced surfer.  Silverbacks is located northwestern tip of Isla Bastimentos in the province of Bocas Del Toro, which is located off the northeastern coastline of Panama.

Carenero

Carenero is a point break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Carenero is located on the north side of Isla Carenero in the province of Bocas Del Toro, which is located off the northeastern coastline of Panama.

Playa Malibu

Playa Malibu is sand bar break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spots is for surfers of all skill levels.  Playa Malibu is located on the western coastline of Panama, and is approximately 68 miles northwest of Panama City.

Morro Negrito

Morro Negrito is Private Island in the Gulf of Chiriquí on Panama’s Pacific coast, Morro Negrito is owned and operated by a surf camp. The barreling reef breaks are ideal for intermediate and advanced surfers.

In Conclusion

Panama is a Central American country, bordered by the Central American country of Costa Rica to the north, and the South America Country of Colombia to the south.  The Caribbean Sea is on Panama eastern coastline and the Pacific Ocean is on its western coastline.  With over 1,500 miles of coastline and a host of beaches on that coastline, there are great deal of surfing spots in Panama.

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5 thoughts on “Surfing Spots in Panama

  1. A friend of mine who is seriously into surfing was chatting ot me the other day about going ot panama on holiday and every holiday he goes on he HAS to include some sort of surfing, as a base.

    So I had a search for him, as he is often travelling, and came across your article of some great surfing places in panama.

    Just wanted to say thank you as he’s gonna love me for finding this!

    • Hi Ruth, I hope your friend finds the information I provided useful. Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. Hi Stuart, great website. I think you have covered the content very well, even regarding the products that are listed, the reviews are done thoroughly. The layout of the website is very methodical and easy for the reader to navigate on every page. The tips and the areas of where good surfing spots are is also a great way to get readers to your page. Really awesome!

  3. Maaaan surfing was on my list of things to try this summer and I was not able to get around to it. Haha i wish I could turn back the clock and I figure out how to get it done. if I would this is the first place I would go. The water seems fun and good for surfing. Which is your favorite place to go?

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