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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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 Punta del Palmar

Panama

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About 1 1/2 hours from Panama City, follow the Pan-american Highway to the town of San Carlos, make the next left after that.

English (Translate this text in English): About 1 1/2 hours from Panama City, follow the Pan-american Highway to the town of San Carlos, make the next left after that.

English (Translate this text in English): About 1 1/2 hours from Panama City, follow the Pan-american Highway to the town of San Carlos, make the next left after that.

English (Translate this text in English): About 1 1/2 hours from Panama City, follow the Pan-american Highway to the town of San Carlos, make the next left after that.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

PowerPowerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

Go rigth in follow the road and park anywhere you like.Swimming crowd on weekends. Palmar beach has difernt area for surf, like the front, in the palmar front the surfers can surf left and right, palmar point you know, Hawaisito, is a perfect lelf, fun wave, and only hide tide, walking from palmar surf camp at hawaisito 3 min. Hazaras--rocks, crow in water ok, this is a excelent spot for all surfers and the locals are frienly. Walking from palmar surf camp at palmar point also 3 min. , wallking from palmar surf camp at Jeffrey´s 7 min. From here at Rio mar beach in car 5 min. walking 15 min.

English (Translate this text in English): Go rigth in follow the road and park anywhere you like.Swimming crowd on weekends. Palmar beach has difernt area for surf, like the front, in the palmar front the surfers can surf left and right, palmar point you know, Hawaisito, is a perfect lelf, fun wave, and only hide tide, walking from palmar surf camp at hawaisito 3 min. Hazaras--rocks, crow in water ok, this is a excelent spot for all surfers and the locals are frienly. Walking from palmar surf camp at palmar point also 3 min. , wallking from palmar surf camp at Jeffrey´s 7 min. From here at Rio mar beach in car 5 min. walking 15 min.

English (Translate this text in English): Go rigth in follow the road and park anywhere you like.Swimming crowd on weekends. Palmar beach has difernt area for surf, like the front, in the palmar front the surfers can surf left and right, palmar point you know, Hawaisito, is a perfect lelf, fun wave, and only hide tide, walking from palmar surf camp at hawaisito 3 min. Hazaras--rocks, crow in water ok, this is a excelent spot for all surfers and the locals are frienly. Walking from palmar surf camp at palmar point also 3 min. , wallking from palmar surf camp at Jeffrey´s 7 min. From here at Rio mar beach in car 5 min. walking 15 min.

English (Translate this text in English): Go rigth in follow the road and park anywhere you like.Swimming crowd on weekends. Palmar beach has difernt area for surf, like the front, in the palmar front the surfers can surf left and right, palmar point you know, Hawaisito, is a perfect lelf, fun wave, and only hide tide, walking from palmar surf camp at hawaisito 3 min. Hazaras--rocks, crow in water ok, this is a excelent spot for all surfers and the locals are frienly. Walking from palmar surf camp at palmar point also 3 min. , wallking from palmar surf camp at Jeffrey´s 7 min. From here at Rio mar beach in car 5 min. walking 15 min.

Atmosphere

Friendly, locals Ok.

English (Translate this text in English): Friendly, locals Ok.

English (Translate this text in English): Friendly, locals Ok.

English (Translate this text in English): Friendly, locals Ok.

General

It is a nice break, with a nice inside fast section.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a nice break, with a nice inside fast section.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a nice break, with a nice inside fast section.

English (Translate this text in English): It is a nice break, with a nice inside fast section.

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By eric h , 19-11-2008

Can anyone a shop to rent gear? - I'm bringing my girlfriend along to teach her to surf. Anyone recommend a beach that good for beginners and a sshop to rent from? Thanks!

By carlos.martinelli@turner.com , 16-05-2006

Palmar - I used to live in Panama for 21 years, I've surfed most if not all of Panama from Catalina to Bocas del Toro... Most people hate traveling to a different country to surf and find "little" to no surf so I leave this message for the experienced surfers... Just so you guys know that are going to Panama Palmar is pretty much a fun break when it's small to medium. The point of Palmar is pretty good only when the swell is real big. But it tends to close out so if you're coming from Australia or somewhere SUPER far away... DOn't bother. As a beginner this is a good beach to learn on, it's a sandy break so it's not dangerous. Having said that, Panama's roads have become way better so this has made access to the beaches real easy! SOOO if you go, go during the week, going on a weekend on a good swell will definitly screw your over since every single koook out in Panama will be there! Just hopes this helps ok, if you want more info about any of the beaches drop me a line.

By panameñita , 14-12-2004

el palmar mansa playa - el palmar is a good spot the locals are nice people and is a good place 4 people that are learning, tambien para personas q saben, but a lot of people go in the weekends

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