Bocas Del Toro – Surf Panama’s Caribbean Coast!
We cater to adventure enthusiasts who want an off the beaten path experience at our all-inclusive eco-ocean surf resort
“¡Bienvenidos a Panamá” or in English, “Welcome to Panama”! The Caribbean coast of this amazing country is exclusively recognized for its seemingly endless series of islands, ripe with reef breaks, beach breaks and slabs. It is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean swells which rock this zone from October to February, with a mini-season in June/July giving visiting surfers an ocean of opportunities, literally. Such a geography would make one often think that Panama was specifically curated to give surfers the best surfing experience of their lives….well, we are not sure about that, but we can definitely vouch for it!
Nestled among the many seductive islands and mainland cloud forest mountains, lies Bocas del Toro, Panama’s top travel destination. Colorful and full of exotic Caribbean flair, this archipelago boasts warm, turquoise, stunning beaches, and world-class waves for all levels of surfers. In 1502, the island was visited by Columbus and it is said that he was so mesmerized by Bocas’s natural beauty that he self-titled many of the islets. While Columbus wasn’t a surfer himself, he clearly saw the potential of Bocas and 6 centuries later, Bocas is proving Columbus right, every moment of every day!
Bocas del Toro has become the most popular surfing destination on the Caribbean side of Central America, with the main island’s six breaks, and the other islands unlimited potential for exploration. The location offers versatility to engage professional as well as beginner surfers equally. Unlike other surfing destinations with difficult access and privatized coastlines, Bocas del Toro offers boat access to a coastline that has drawn surfers from all over the world, including Tom Curren and Mick Fanning- who was personally hosted and guided by our professional and knowledgeable staff. Conditions are ever changing and tricky, but with over two decades of full-time experience here and excellent boats and surf captains, we have it dialed.
Real Surf Trips looks forward to creatively curating your crew’s ideal surf vacation. Tell us what your interests are, together we will design your trip based on your preferences and how much surf you can handle! Together, we will ensure that you have the best time in this tropical surf paradise.
Why choose Real Surf Trips?
Fully-guided services – Local knowledge is the only way to score good surf in this region. Caribbean swells are a short interval and tide swings are slight. The smallest change in conditions turns one spot off as another turns on. Our guide’s command of these variables is truly impressive and leads to us always scoring the best surf breaks in the area for a given day.
Unparalleled local knowledge – We keep surprising our guests with various adventures and experiences, which comes from 20+ years of offering surf vacation, deep insights about surf spots, and knowledge of multifarious local secrets.
Strategically positioned – We are located a stone’s throw away away from Bocas Town, 5-10 minutes away from some of the best breaks, and in close proximity with Red Frog Beach, one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Panama.
Options for more – Bocas del Toro is a beautiful archipelago with abundance of natural beauty. For laid back travelers who would like to do more than just surfing, there is snorkeling, zipline canopy tours, hiking, fishing, island tours, and other programs, for your hardcore surf crew or the family! We plan a variety of other activities besides surfing that will captivate your heart and keep the thrill intact.
Surfing in Bocas del Toro, Panama is different from other Central American surfing locations?
No other surfing destination in the world would has this exotic mix of Afro Caribe and Indian cultures Caribbean Panama has. Just a walk through the main town or trips to indigenous villages, one will feel like they are in a Nat Geo special. This is the real deal. Bocas del Toro has:
- A greater mix of surf and culture than Costa Rica
- Consistent swells from October through February, when the Pacific Ocean of Central America is at it’s quietest.
Where to surf?
Bocas del Toro is Panama’s Caribbean surfing mecca! Such a prestigious tag comes due to warm and pristine waters with consistent swells during the surf season here. There is a plethora of main and unnamed surfing spots you will absolutely love .
What is surfing like in Bocas del Toro?
Bocas del Toro offers world-class waves during surf seasons, which is usually from October to February and a mini-season during June and July. A mix of volcanic coral reefs and sand bottom beach breaks keep the surfing varied and fun for surfers of all levels.
The best breaks are boat access only. The RST team has its boats always on standby to jam out to your selected wave option.
When is the best surf season in Bocas del Toro?
Bocas del Toro is well-seasoned, offering two prime seasons suitable for surfing. Consistent swells are seen from October to February, which is the main season, and June to July is the mini-season known for its medium-sized swells. These are the best times to score world-class perfection and any time of year is great to come learn to surf here.
How do I get there?
Fly into Panama City or San Jose, Costa Rica, then catch a commuter flight to Bocas del Toro.
If you want a very long, extremely slow adventure, another option is bus and ferry from Panama City or San Jose.
Where to stay
Our all-inclusive, eco-ocean resort located only a few steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in Central America! The resort features a remote, relaxing atmosphere, vibrant Panamanian jungle, and endless ocean views.
The unique location of our resort provides breathtaking vistas of the turquoise blue Caribbean waters. Comfortable bungalows offer a one of a kind, natural experience, perfect to just get away from it all. Proximity to the woods adds cherry to the top when the soft sounds of the jungle and waves soothes your mind while slowly swaying you to slumber at night.
Our accommodations are set in a lush tropical garden and only steps away from the beach. The gardens are landscaped with tropical flowers from throughout Panama. We planted everything on the property to create a very private atmosphere without the use of walls. Our tropical gardens are the surroundings to create a private natural sanctuary for you to leave your troubles behind and immerse yourself in nature.
More things to do at the resort:
- Get indulged in other marine activities like snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, etc.
- Play beach volleyball
- Relax in a beachfront hammock
- Go hiking in the Panamanian jungle
- Do bird-watching from a comfortable beach lounge chair in the resort
- Variety of massages in your own room
Where to eat?
Our food offerings are nutritious and delicious, designed around an active surfing program and using fresh local ingredients.
Our world renown tropical-fusion cuisine will surprise and amaze you and we are happy to accommodate any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Why Real Surf Trips? Benefits of choosing us
Bocas is an exotic and special location that is easy to get stuck into and linger. Real Surf Trips knows how to whisk you away to some of the best breaks and most-remote, uncrowded beaches, and the best windows to score epic surf. Once you start your Panamanian adventure, our unparalleled services team will ensure:
You will find the perfect launching point for a trip based on the best waves and conditions for every given day.
If you take surfing lessons you and your crew will discover unique techniques and master them under the guidance of recognized and renowned instructors and coaches.
Have the most experienced local guides to get you to the right spot, at the right time!