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Bocas del Toro Surfing

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Christopher Columbus landed in Bocas del Toro in October 1502, unaware that if he had arrived a few months later, his crew would have had to fight through some decent surf to get to terra firma. Columbus left his name to the main island of this archipelago consisting of nine major islands, 59 smaller islands and a myriad of mangrove cays. Located off Panama's northwest coast, these islands are only 32 km (20mi) south of the Costa Rican border and slightly over 100km (60mi) away from the surf rich Pacific coast. Modern travellers will find much of the medieval natural environment that greeted the explorers, remains intact, however the inexorable march of progress and expansion is becoming more apparent. The city of Bocas del Toro exudes a decidedly Caribbean style and flavour, and is notable as Panama's only city built exclusively using wood. A building boom and accelerating growth are exposing many of the beautiful, virtually deserted beaches to more people than ever before. There are some remarkable surfspots in this zone but the two windows of surf throughout the year are slender.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       
20 - 30°C
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21 - 30°C
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22 - 31°C
boardshorts
22 - 30°C
boardshorts
22 - 30°C
boardshorts
21 - 30°C
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+ Seasonal consistent swell
+ Quality, non tide-dependant reefs
+ Natural beauty and eco-activities
+ Cheap and safe area
+ Less crowded than Costa Rica
- Flat between seasons
- Lack of rights
- Wet and windy afternoons
- Time-consuming trips to spots
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Careneros Star Star 5ft 9secs 53° 6mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef and Sand 10
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NW - E South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Bluff Star Star 5ft 9secs 53° 6mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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NW - E South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon First Beach Star Star 5ft 9secs 53° 6mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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NW - E South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Paunch Star Star 5ft 9secs 53° 6mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 8
2
NW - E Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Silverbacks Star Star 5ft 9secs 53° 6mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 20
8
NW - E South Westerly All Tides