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Surf’s Up at Panama’s Perfect Beach Breaks


When it comes to surfing, Panama is home to some of the best year-round surf spots in Central America. With more than 1,500 miles of pristine coastline, Panama offers surfing in both the Pacific and the Caribbean – providing varying types of breaks for all levels of surfers. 

Those looking to enjoy surfing along with a bit of Panamanian culture and arts, can check out the Bocas Invitacional, the first international bodyboarding and cultural event taking place February 15-20 in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. World-class surfing destination, Bocas del Toro provides an ideal setting for top surfers to compete at Playa Bluff (Bluff Beach). In addition to the competition, cultural, Panamanian Caribbean and bodyboarding workshops will be held, and local and international artists will perform. 

Some of the top places to surf in Panama include: 

Bocas del Toro: Located on the northern, Caribbean side of Panama, Bocas del Toro offers some of the best surfing due to its various surf breaks and consistent swells. With undeveloped landscape, Bocas del Toro offers a unique look at the country’s natural wonders, such as bioluminescent waters and reef life – which is home to crabs, lobsters and nurse sharks. 

Riviera Pacífica: Located on the Pacific Coastline, Riviera Pacífica features white-sand beaches just a short drive from Panama City. Chame and El Palmar are two popular surf spots, offering long rides. Looking to try another water activity? Riviera Pacífica offers boating, fishing and more. 

Chiriquí: Located along the Pacific, the province of Chiriquí offers ample outdoor recreation, especially surfing in more remote areas – some only accessible by sailboat, tour operators or yachts. Several islands in Chiriquí feature consistent swells, such as the islands around Morro Negrito.  

Pedasí: Located southwest of Pedasí, Playa Venao is a must-try surf spot on the Azuero Peninsula featuring some of the best waves in the area – with consistent south swell and bi-directional breaks.  

Veraguas: Located on the Pacific, the Veraguas Province boasts several beach towns. Santa Catalina’s La Punta has one of the longest beach breaks in Central America while Playa Morrillo is known for “Morillo Break,” considered to be one of the country’s most consistent breaks – waves can reach up to 15 feet.  

Proud of its beautiful landscape and biodiversity, Panama is focused on preserving its oceans and natural heritage – 30 percent of the country’s marine area is protected. This directly aligns with Panama’s sustainable tourism plan and recently launched “Live for More” brand platform, which focuses on the blue heritage, green heritage and cultural heritage of the country. 

For additional information on Panama’s unique offerings, visit www.tourismpanama.com