Between Punta Chame and Panama City, the swell is blocked by Punta Chame itself and a few offshore islands, while Bahia Chorrera is simply too shallow for the surf to reach the coast. The next spots lie within the city itself and will break on very large swells, but be aware that water quality is appalling. Right in the middle of the 'Casco Viejo? (Old Quarter), Las Bóvedas is a rock-bottomed pointbreak with good lefts ending on a large rock. Such a location insures maximum crowds and minimum safety (pollution and thievery).