Santa Catalina is located ca. 300 km from Panama City directly at the beautiful Pazific coast.
It's a small village with joyful people who were blessed by their natural surroundings and many
perfect surf spots.
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Playa Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina is the best surfing spot in Panama, with one of the most consistent breaks in Central or South America. There is something to ride here every month of the year.
While Santa Catalina is of great interest only to serious surfers, it is a pretty place even for those who just want to watch the rollers from a distance. It is definitely a get-away-from-it-all kind of place.
The best time for good weather and really big waves is February to August, when wave faces get as high as 6 to 9 meters. At other times the average is 2 to 3 meters. There are several other breaks, some within walking distance, some requiring a boat ride to reach, that have breaks that can get even bigger.
The nearest sizable settlement on the drive down to the beach is Sona, an unattractive crossroads town with nothing to offer travellers. You can get some provisions here, but you are better off stocking up back in Santiago, on the Interamerican Highway a two-hour drive from the beach.
The internationally famous surf break at Santa Catalina has been described as a perfect point break with long, powerful hollow waves that break left and right. There's also a sand beach break next to town with hollow lefts and rights that are somewhat smaller than waves at the point.
There are several other breaks in the area that are less well known. Punta Brava, about a half-hour walk southeast of Santa Catalina point, is a hollow left-hand, rock-bottom break. Punta Roca, about a half-hour walk northeast of Catalina, is another left-hand point break, about the same size as Catalina. Isla Cebaco, which is accessible only by boat, is an island with a beach break and point break, with left- and right-breaking waves that tend to be somewhat bigger than Catalina point.
Except for the Santa Catalina point break, which can be surfed at medium or high tide, experienced surfers say these other waves can be ridden only at medium to low tide.
The Oasissurfcamp is 10min walk away from the centre of Santa Catalina and is owned by David and Silvia Bortoletti since 1998. David and his father create and build with love everything on this area.
If you stay at the Oasissurfcamp you will life in a familiarly and lovely place with everything you need. You will have the feeling to lodge in an Island and you’ll find everything what you deserve.
What’s up at the Oasis? They have delicious Italian and Panamanian food, gorgeous bungalows to stay. A beach bar to enjoy the sunset! What more? Surfboard rental or lessons and boat trips to the island around.
And last but not least a huge beach in front with beach chairs and a lot of surf spots.
Doesn't it sound perfect? David and Silvia's goal is, to make you stay as pleasant and perfect as possible!The access to the Oasissurfcamp is restricted to the owners and guests.