Discover Panama City’s party scene and culture. Go surfing in the Caribbean, and immerse yourself in total relaxation in a full off-grid resort on a tropical jungle island.
Discover Panama City’s party scene and culture. Go surfing in the Caribbean, and immerse yourself in total relaxation in a full off-grid resort on a tropical jungle island.

Panama Surf Camp

11-21 Nov 2021

Overview

Discover Panama City’s party scene and culture. Go surfing in the Caribbean, and immerse yourself in total relaxation in a full off-grid resort on a tropical jungle island.

Duration

11 days / 10 nights*

Difficulty

For advanced surfers

Meeting point

Tocumen International Airport (PTY) / Panama City

Location

Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro, Bastimentos Island / Panama

Accommodation

Quality hotel in Panama City, beachfront bungalows and cabanas in Bocas del Toro

Price

€ 1890

*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) / Panama City until the flight home from the same airport.

Description

“Mucho mas que un canal” or “much more than a canal,”

Says Panama’s advertising slogan, and we can’t help but agree! Whatever your idea of the ideal holiday is – exploring the capital’s diverse highlights, relaxing on a white sandy beach, catching some waves, or glimpsing tropical birds in a jungle – you’ll find it in spades in our tour of Panama.

2 Days in Panama City

Panama City is a truly Latin American metropolis. It offers a heavy mix of European colonial architecture in the Casco Viejo quarter and modern glass skyscrapers found in the downtown business district. One minute you’ll be mistaken for thinking you’re in Miami, next there are unmistakable Havana vibes. The diversity of people is just as intriguing. Busy locals on their way to work pass barefoot children playing on the street, relaxed expats come from the world over as do investment bankers in their tailored business suits, while surfers and eco-tourists arrive for their own slice of paradise. Plus, there are plenty of hawkers selling Panama hats!

Our first two days will be spent in Panama City soaking up the sight and sounds. By day we’ll explore the city and visit the giant cargo ships of the Panama Canal, by night we’ll take hold of Panama’s intoxicating party scene – hitting a few of the city’s outdoor bars and trying what’s arguably the world’s very best mojito!

One Week of Surfing in Bocas del Toro

After visiting Panama City, we’ll be ready to jump on a bus and head west to the Bocas del Toro region on the Caribbean coast. This natural wonder is made up of several little islands and 251 coral reefs. We’ll sleep in stilt huts right above the warm waters of the Caribbean, and from our overwater bungalow we’ll fall asleep to the gentle sound of rippling water underneath. We’ll get around by water taxi, and each day we’ll go by boat to the best beaches to sunbathe or magnificent reef breaks to surf.

Another option is to try one of the many snorkelling sites. Brightly coloured corals, teeming with sea life are waiting for you! Alternatively, grab a book and relax on one of the nearby pristine sandy beaches. There’ll be other opportunities to head out and catch a glimpse of dolphins, or take a trip into the jungle to find toucans, parrots, monkeys and iguanas!

Details

PANAMERICANA - SURF AND TURF
11-21 Nov 2021

The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) / Panama City until the flight home from the same airport. The flight there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.

bungalow
€ 1890
cabana

Included in the price

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Half Board in Bocas del Toro for 7 days
  • Return flights between Panama City and Bocas del Toro Daily Surf lessons and surf guiding
  • Surfaris by boat and snorkel tours, dolphin watching, fishing and other activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily transport to organized activities
  • GoBeyond tour guide

Optional extras

  • Upon request, the GoBeyond team can handle & book visa, plane tickets, and insurance for 50 EUR.

Further expenses

  • Plane tickets to and from the meeting point – Tocumen International Airport (PTY) / Panama City
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches, Dinners & drinks

Accommodation

3 nights in a quality central hotel in Panama City, 7 nights in beachfront cabanas and bungalows in the best location of Bocas del Toro, surrounded by pristine natural beauty and world class surf. Our accommodation lies on a small, secluded island with no car traffic. The buildings are all self-sufficient, powered by solar panels. We are going to be the ony guests in the resort.

Surf package

Daily boat trips with the most experienced surf guides in Panama to the best surfing spots based on experience and surfing skills and the actual swell and weather.

Weather

Tropical climate, tons of sunshine, 28-35°C,  water temperature, 26-29°C. Make sure to bring high FPS sunscreen and lycra (UV protective) surf shirt.

Group

Maximum of 12 people usually mixed nationalities. Solo travelers, group of friends and couples with varying surfing skills and experience.

Activities & sights

Surfing, fishing, diving, snorkeling and enjoying beautiful empty beaches you can choose from the full range of activities offered by the Caribbean Islands. You will fall in love with the clear tropical water and this unspoiled paradise.

Photo & Video

All the photos and videos you see are from our previous camps. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Meals

In Bocas del Toro half board is included in the package. At the restaurant of our accommodation they source seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, combined with freshest seafood in Bocas Del Toro and the best tacos in Panama. We will visit several amazing restaurants where the food is based on fresh seafood and chicken. Everything is fresh and clean, but this is Central America, which is not that cheap.

Surf conditions

Bocas del Toro has world class reef breaks. It consists of several mini islands, and you will find many small waves within a 20-minute ride on a boat.

Local transportation

Comfortable bus with AC for transfers from airport and longer daily trips. Small motorized boats to surf spots and islands. All transports for the organized activities are included in the price. You can easily catch a water taxi for any other activity.

Travel insurance

You will need an insurance that covers surfing accidents. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one.

Personal expenses

Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 500-750 USD. On average you will spend approx. 50 USD/day, for reference a meal is between 5-20 USD, but if you want to eat a lot of lobsters it’s better to count with more.

Program

DAY 1 & 2 - PANAMA CITY

Panama City is a real Latin-American metropolis, a heady mixture of European colonial architecture and glass skyscrapers. In one moment you feel like you’re in Miami, in the next you are overtaken by the genuine “Havana mood” the locals are similarly diverse as well.

Our accommodation will be a beautiful, wooden-floored, rustic hotel situated in the middle of the town’s historic quarter, from where we’ll take exciting walks to the old town where we can breathe in the elegant and sinful air of the world-class cocktail bars. Next day we will visit the famous canal that provides 40% of Panama City’s GDP, and the spectacular museum built next to one of the sluices, then in the evening, we set out to the Costa Rican border.

DAY 3-9 - SURFING IN BOCAS DEL TORO

Taking a night bus to the country’s North-Western tip by the Caribbean Sea, Bocas del Toro, this natural wonder consists of several mini islands and 251 atolls.

When the best waves are not at our island, we hop into water taxis to be shown alternative programs by experienced local surf guides. Where we can find new surf spots, snorkel or even swim with dolphins or take a jungle tour.

DAY 10 - PANAMA CITY

We’ll crash Panama’s intoxicating party scene - hitting a few of the city’s outdoor bars and trying what’s arguably the world’s very best mojito!

The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions, swell, tidal movements, the group’s surfing skills and stamina.

Application

1

Enquiry
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2

Availability confirmation
We will get back to you within 48h

3

Booking
Secure your spot with a 40% deposit & travel contract

4

Plane tickets & Visa arrangement if needed
Typically 1-2 months before departure

5

Second Instalment
30 days before departure

6

GoBeyond Adventure starts
We greet you at the meeting point

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    Q&A

    It depends on your nationality. From most of the countries you will only need to fill out an immigration form on arrival for free. Please always check it on your local embassy’s website.

    Not at all. There are always people who come alone, so you can be sure that you’ll make new friends!

    Obviously yes, in half of the camp there is a possibility to surf, otherwise the program is full of adventures, surfing is only one of them.

    Bocas del Toro has world class reef breaks, you can have the best surf experiences of your life.

    In half of the camp there is a possibility to surf, otherwise the program is full of adventures, surfing is only one of them. If you like crystal clear water, snorkeling, eating seafood and partying, then this is your place!

    During the daytime it’s sunny, around 28-35°C, during the night it’s around 28 °C. The water is 28 °C. Board short, bikini, lycra (UV and rash protection) surf shirt is needed. Don’t forget the suncream and your hat at home!

    In Panama city we’ll stay in a very good quality hotel in the city center, in Bocas del Toro the accommodation is the most appealing among the islands, beachfront bungalows and cabana in a jungle surrounding.

    All around Panama there are really good restaurants based on fresh seafood and chicken. Everything is fresh and clean, but this is Central-America, which is not that cheap. In Bocas del Toro the breakfast is included in the package.

    Tap water in Panama is OK for washing and brushing teeth, but it is not recommended for drinking. Bottled mineral water is cheap (0,5 USD) and available everywhere. Alternatively, there will be a purified water fountain at our resort, where you can fill up your bottles and help keep plastic out of the ocean.

    Don’t pack too many clothes, you won't use them! It’s good to have a smaller bag for daily surf and expedition trips.

    A BTS tour guide and professional local instructors with many years of experience.

    Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 500-750 USD. On average you will spend approx. 50 USD/day, for reference a meal is between 5-20 USD, but if you want to eat a lot of lobsters it’s better to count with more.

    US dollar is the local currency. The best is if you arrive with USD, as changing is not widely spread. The big cities have ATMs, but most of the places do not accept cards. Better to have cash!

    You should choose an insurance which expands surfing and is valid in Panama. You should be aware that your bank card insurance is not valid in most cases.

    Panama is one of the safest countries of the region, so don’t worry!

    Please ask your local health authority. Usually, there are no mandatory vaccinations.

    There is a good level of hygiene, no stomach infection has occurred in the last years. Zika is a risk in Panama, so it’s good to get actual information on https://www.cdc.gov/ if you’re pregnant or planning to have a child in 6 month!

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