Surfing in Panama
Panama is a small country in the middle of Central America bordered by Costa Rica and Columbia.
Besides vibrant urban areas like Panama City, the country offers wonderful tropical vegetation and sandy beaches with breathtaking sunsets. Panama’s well-preserved rain forest is home to many exotic species. In recent years, more tourists are flocking to Panama because there is something for everyone whether you are a friend of nature, beach enthusiast or water sport seeker.
Surfers will find ideal conditions and numerous line ups on both coasts. The friendly Panamanian people will also make your visit all the more special.
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There are two seasons in Panama. December until April is dry and April until December is rainy. On the Caribbean side of Panama, it rains all year long although February, March, September and October tend to be a bit drier. The temperatures vary during the year from 22-32 degrees. It is especially hot during the rainy season. In the mountains temperatures are much lower ranging from 10-18 degrees. On the Pacific side of Panama, the best time to visit is during December and January which are the driest months.
Panama, like Costa Rica, is one of the only countries in the world that has access to two different seas.
The Caribbean side produces giant, wild waves whereas the Pacific side has medium-sized waves throughout the year. The best swells hit the coasts from April until October. During this time, the areas around Santa Catalina experience daily long point breaks and can get crowded. Temperatures are ideal at 26-28 degrees all year long.
Thanks to numerous surf spots and wave-types, Panama offers something suitable for every level of expertise.
Best surfing season for beginner: April – October
Best surfing season for advanced surfer: October – April
Crowd factor: Only high on the well-known spots. Otherwise enough room for everybody
There are daily flights to Panama from Europe, the US and Latin America although not all airlines fly direct. Iberia offers a direct flight from Madrid to the capital, but most European countries do not offer direct flights so a stopover in the US is necessary.
There is only one international airport in Panama, Tocumen International Panama City (PTY) located a bit outside of the city. Once in Panama, you can travel around using buses or taxis or you can opt to rent a car. You can also decide to get to Panama by cruise ship. You will most likely enter at one of the two most important harbours, Balboa and Christobal, located at the entrance of the Panama Canal.