"Mucho mas que un canal" or “much more than a canal,”
One Week of Surfing in Bocas del Toro
THE GEAR WE PACK
Last Two Days in Paradise – San Blas Islands
Panamericana– Surf & Turf
ability levelbeginner, intermediate, advanced, expert
BEST suited forcouples, solo traveler, groups
meeting pointPanama City airport / upon agreement in case of group travel
weathertropical climate, sun, 28°C water, 35°C
surf conditionssandy beaches, boat access reef breaks, turquoise 28 °C water
surf packagedaily boat trips to the best surfing points based on experience and the actual swell and weather
accommodationcool and authentic hostel, hotel, cabanas for 2 or 3 people
local transportationbus, boat
free time/nightlifedoing yoga, party hard in various locations, stroll around empty beaches, snorkeling, sunbathing, climbing on palm trees
how big is the group?up to 24 people
what’s includedaccommodation, transportation, surfaris by boat, snorkel tours, breakfast in Bocas and San Blas, full meal in San Blas
what’s not includedflight ticket, insurance, visa, surf renting, other meals, alcohol, visa if needed
application deadline4 months prior the trip
installment payment plan40% upon application, 60% 2 month prior arrival
CARRIBEAN DREAMGetting out of bed after an all-nighter, stretching on your own pier in the Caribbean sunshine. Hopping on a dinghy which takes you to the perfect, crystal clear wave. Taking naps on abandoned white-sandy beaches in the shadow of a jungle. Swimming with dolphins, rays and turtles. Eating freshly caught fish and washing it down with a mojito made from local rum and falling asleep… In the morning you wake up and you are still there, on your own pier, on the Caribbean Sea, on a blissful island and it starts all over again...
Day 1 & 2 Panama cityPanama City is a real Latin-American metropolis, a heady mixture of European colonial architecture and glass skyscrapers, hovels and luxury stores changing each other. 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.
One week surfing in Bocas del ToroTaking a night bus to the country’s North-Western tip by the Caribbean Sea, Bocas del Toro, this natural wonder consists of 9 islands and 251 atolls. It’s no coincidence we set up camp here since a few-minute walking away, we are provided with a friendly A-frame wave, a bit steeper, exciting lefty and plenty Instagram worthy, breathtaking locations surrounded by palm trees jutting over the sky-clear blue water. In the evening, we will visit the coolest club of the archipelago on the other end of the island’s “main street,” where meanwhile partying you can jump from swings and trampolines into the turquoise sea. 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.
Final 2 days at san blas islandsWherever we look, we are surrounded by a perfect postcard (or a 1000-piece puzzle) image. To top the whole vacation off, we are spending 2 days on an island where the bungalows whole infrastructure is a single light bulb, and we won’t need anything more than that. Maybe some diving goggles because once we go under, that’s when this unique paradise on earth expands to its fullest.
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