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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Panama

Central America

Location: Middle America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica
Geographic coordinates: 9 00 N, 80 00 W
Coastline: 2,490 km
Climate: tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May)
Terrain: interior mostly steep, rugged mountains and dissected, upland plains; coastal areas largely plains and rolling hills
Currency: balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)

Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica
Geographic coordinates: 9° 0' N, 80° 0' W
Coastline km: 2,490 km km
Climate: tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May)
Terrain: interior mostly steep, rugged mountains and dissected, upland plains; coastal areas largely plains and rolling hills
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Volcan de Chiriqui 3,475 m
Natural hazards: occasional severe storms and forest fires in the Darien area
Currency: balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)
Population: 3,191,319 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official), English 14%; note - many Panamanians bilingual
Capital: Panama
Divisions: 9 provinces and 1 territory*: Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Cocle, Colon, Darien, Herrera, Los Santos, Panama, San Blas*(Kuna Yala), and Veraguas

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Typical Swell Size
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Water temp. 27°C
81°F
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27°C
81°F
28°C
82°F
Air temp. 28°C
82°F
28°C
82°F
27°C
81°F
27°C
81°F
26°C
79°F
27°C
81°F
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Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
411 (quatro-once) 3 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
BLUFF 22 / -
Right and left Sand-bar Pros or kamikaze only...
Cambutal 6 / -
Right and left Point-break All surfers
Carenerro Point Break 19 / -
Left Point-break Experienced surfers
Cèbaco 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Cimarron - / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Costa Esmeralda 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Dumpers 14 / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
El Chumical 1 / -
Left Reef-rocky All surfers
El MORRO 1 / -
Left Sand-bar Experienced surfers
El palmar point 7 / -
All surfers
EL Playon 2 / -
Right and left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Estero Beach - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Gruta Azul 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
Isla Grande 16 / -
Right and left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Isla mamey 1 / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Jeffreys's (San Carlos Point) 1 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Kuna An 4 / -
Right Reef-coral Experienced surfers
La Barqueta 15 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
La Caja 4 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
La zurda - / -
Left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
Lagart Point 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Lajas - / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Las Bovedas 3 / -
Left Point-break All surfers
Las Lajas 11 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Leftovers 4 / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Los Olivos - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Madroño 2 / -
Left Beach-break All surfers
Malibu 15 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Manzanillo 2 / -
Right Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Maria Chiquita 4 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Nestles 7 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
P Land 14 / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Playa guanico 31 / 4
Right and left Beach-break Beginners wave
Playa Venado 30 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Punch Reef 18 / -
Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
Punta Brava 1 / -
Right and left Point-break Experienced surfers
Punta del Palmar 13 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Punta Roca 3 / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Rio Tabasara' 5 / - Sand-bar All surfers
Riomar 9 / -
Right and left Point-break All surfers
Roca Chica 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
San Marino - / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
San Pedrillo - / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Santa Catalina 60 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Serena 7 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Silver Back 7 / -
Right Reef-coral Pros or kamikaze only...
Super Boquita 2 / -
Right Sand-bar Experienced surfers
Tetas 14 / -
Right and left Point-break
The Point 7 / -
Left Point-break Experienced surfers
The Rock 4 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
wizard Beach - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
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Playa guanico
By marc.sidler
Jun 7, 2013
fun session - fun session, great spot, just me and my buddy 100% nature 
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Playa Venado
By oggynosh
Apr 11, 2009
Internacional de Surf - Venao - Nice trip, wave were big, around 5ft, tubular, and close-out big walls...what else do u want :D...had a great day...surfed all morning, then it got flat during the afternoon, competition didn't fill my expectation, they'd have done it right i
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Punch Reef
By asharktaco
Jan 27, 2009
punch reef - so i got up, walked out to where i catch the boat, got a boat, arranged a pickup time, and jumped off into an empty reef with no affects due to tide. head high swell, and i couldnt be more thrilled. 3 weeks later i was still suffering from the severe
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Riomar
By Smarvin
Mar 13, 2007
Its All good! - Not sure what all the bitching is about!  Myself and my best friend went there for a photo shoot 2 years ago  alan will remember the 2 scott's i am sure... we had a great time scored surf for 6 days solid!!! the people working the camp
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Punch Reef
By dotdashdashdash
Nov 18, 2006
- they call it helmets for a reason.
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By annieccarignan , 29-04-2013

Where to buy a surf board?? - Hi,
Does anyone knows where to buy surf boards anywhere near Panama city? If possible a surfshop with a good selection. I will really need to buy one and I can't find any info on internet...

By banabrasil , 13-03-2012

need a SURFBOARD - Hi there, I m travelling in April 2012 to Panama. Where can I buy a surfboard? Are ther any 2nd Hand board somebody is selling this time? Let me know! Thanxs!

By cmattiola , 15-06-2011

Buy Surfboard In Panama - Hi - I am traveling to Panama for the summer and will need to purchase a board. Does anyone have any recommendations on surf shops that have decent selection?

Thanks,

Carl

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