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tapforge
2/26/2018 19:51 EST

35 year old soon to be expat here. i want to live the dream and surf every day! i have va disability so fixed income of 1900 or so a month. im looking for opinions on places to affordably live and surf! priority goes to surfing over comfort/ convenience.

No i haven't been to Panama, my Spanish is mas o menos. im planning on a 2 month trip to Boca to surf and do a intensive spanish class.

i will obviously check out the vibe when im there but i was just looking for the main surf towns around...

so far it looks like snata catalina, Plya Verano, and or Pesdasi, any other hidden gems maybe a little further off the beaten path?

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panamajames
2/27/2018 01:06 EST

Santa Catalina, Playa Venao around Pedasi, and Bocas del Toro are the surfin' destinations.

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schworak
2/27/2018 07:51 EST

My wife and I just spent several days in Playa Venao and found it to be wonderful. We are not serfers but we tried. There were a lot of people surfing, the waves were nice and the people in the area were friendly. Try a vacation there to see if it fits your needs.

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lapapuja
2/27/2018 08:40 EST

You have a good list. Once you are there you can ask other surfers about the little spots. My son had a great time visiting those spots with a local surfer.

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ChiriquiDebbie
2/27/2018 08:42 EST

We have a few "hidden gems" around Puerto Armuelles and along the Burica peninsula. It's generally cheaper to live here and we have all the amenities, including a hospital. Here are links to 2 of the surf spot's video so you can see what it looks like: http://visitpuertoarmuelles.com/puerto-armuelles-surf-spot-the-pier and http://visitpuertoarmuelles.com/surf-at-punta-burica My husband is a surfer too and we have a little group of surfers and paddle board folks around. Enjoy!

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llseldon
2/27/2018 09:26 EST

See: www.riomarsurf.com

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llseldon
2/27/2018 11:18 EST

Also check out San Carlos, usually find a couple of surfers there: https://www.google.com/maps/place/San+Carlos,+Panama/@8.4252016,-80.0268736,2981m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8facfa05d7911f63:0xe1cab2cedf8ae23a!8m2!3d8.5095659!4d-80.0311364

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tapforge
2/27/2018 11:44 EST

super helpful thanks

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llseldon
2/27/2018 12:45 EST

My pleasure, if you go to Rio Mar Surf Camp, tell Capt. (canal tugs) Allan Barnes hello. See, I don't think the red marker is correct, the "camp" B&B is closer to the beach, if you don't have a call contact the surf club for bus info, one person I helped in Panama was traveling by bus & Allan told him how to take a bus to the area.: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Riomar+Surf+Camp/@8.4599212,-79.973114,867m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8facfb995d368345:0x266cf94a4ed932cb!8m2!3d8.4599159!4d-79.9709253

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llseldon
2/27/2018 12:45 EST

My pleasure, if you go to Rio Mar Surf Camp, tell Capt. (canal tugs) Allan Barnes hello. See, I don't think the red marker is correct, the "camp" B&B is closer to the beach, if you don't have a call contact the surf club for bus info, one person I helped in Panama was traveling by bus & Allan told him how to take a bus to the area.: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Riomar+Surf+Camp/@8.4599212,-79.973114,867m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8facfb995d368345:0x266cf94a4ed932cb!8m2!3d8.4599159!4d-79.9709253

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llseldon
2/27/2018 12:55 EST

call should be car but I'm sure you figured that out??
From my info data available on Panama:
Eco/Nature/Birds/Fish Sites:
Barro Colorado Island: Gatun Lake, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, see:
http://www.stri.si.edu/english/visit_us/barro_colorado/index.php
Canopy Tower Bird watching: near Gamboa, see:
http://www.canopytower.com/error.lasso
Eco Tours:
http://panamatraveltours.com/about_us.html
El Valle Butterfly House: www.butterflyhavenpanama.com
Embera Village, see:
http://www.emberavillagetours.com
Gamboa Rain Forrest Resort: see:
http://www.gamboaresort.com/
Gamboa Ivan’s B&B: Birding Lodge (Bird Watching), see:
http://www.gamboaecotours.com/birding_tour.html
Panama Railroad, Though not eco itself, you will see a lot by ridingthe train. see:
http://www.panarail.com/home.html
Playa Venao: Azuero Peninsular, El Sitio beach & surf resort, see:
http://elsitiopv.com/

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Ancon, see:
http://www.stri.si.edu/
Taboga Island: Located just south of the Pacific entrance to the canal, about a 35 minute launch ride to the island from the Amador causeway.See: http://www.tabogaislandpanama.com/ & http://www.taboga.panamanow.comTropic Star Lodge, Piñas Bay,World class Marlin fishing: http://www.tropicstar.com/?source=navyleague
Whale Watching:
www.WhaleWatchingPanama.com

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tapforge
2/27/2018 13:42 EST

wow lots of great info! thanks!

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JonCates
2/27/2018 13:53 EST

Check out surf n n west c rica

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llseldon
2/27/2018 14:40 EST

I meant Palmar not San Carlos, haven’t seen surfers at San Carlos but there maybe some?

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tapforge
2/28/2018 12:24 EST

thanks for all the info

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