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Bocas Surf School is lucky to be located in the amazing Bocas Del Toro archipelago, home to some of the best waves in Central America. Since 2006, it has strived to be the best surf school in Bocas Del Toro. Staying and learning to surf with Bocas Surf School and Hostel, you will gather a greater appreciation for your body and the ocean environment. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and ecological awareness. Register today with this Panamas leading provider of surf education and experience the sport of kings.


  • Warm waters and numerous surf breaks
  • Full-day classes running from morning to afternoon
  • The place is one of the main travel destinations in Central America
  • Individuals, couples, families or groups custom design
  • Learner suitable boards are provided
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Despite being a new hostel, Bocas Surf School and Hostel has been starting to become more popular, and recently was called one of the top six hostels in Central America. With just 11 beds, this cozy Caribbean house provides a relaxing atmosphere at an affordable price. While staying at the hostel you can enjoy quiet, tranquil nights and beautiful days over the sea. The kitchen is large and full-equipped; you can check out the sea while cooking! The open format is perfect for hanging out with friends while cooking your meals. There are two accommodation choices for this retreat. Bocas Surf School and Hostels maid keeps everything nice and clean and is there throughout most of the day.

Shared room

Shared rooms have single bunk beds.

Private room

The private room has double and single bunk bed. It can sleep up to 3 people. It is the closest room to the back deck and has a window facing the sea. It also has a shared bath.


You will stay with Bocas Surf School and Hostel and hop on the boat right from their deck to surf.

Bocas Del Toro is a wonderful place to learn how to surf - Bocas Surf School and Hostel has soft rolling reef breaks and idyllic beach breaks on a secluded white sand beach. Being an island chain, it also provides unbelievable scenery. Some spots are located smack in the middle of various islands. Surf breaks for beginners vary; there are deep reef breaks that crumble as it breaks providing easy lefts and rights, other waves are almost all sand with a few large rocks off to the side with an easy take off, and others have sandy bottoms and peeling lefts and rights with views of the jungle and long golden sand beach.

The Bocas islands are close to each other. Isla Colon, Isla Bastimentos, Isla Carenero and others have a wide variety of surf breaks. Everything from fun reef point breaks with fun tubing sections to gnarly shore breaks with spitting barrels - Bocas Del Toro has it all.

Every morning, before surf session, you can enjoy a cup of coffee. Full day classes run from 9:00 to 16:00. Lunches are usually between 12:00 and 14:30.

Bocas Surf School would teach you the basics on surfing such as reading the waves, surf theory, and some surf etiquette. Then you jump on their boat from the surf camp deck and go to the surf spot. It is located about 5-minute boat ride from Bocas Surf School and Hostel place. Here they tie their boat to the buoy and go surfing. If your knowledge is fresh, Bocas Surf School and Hostels guides will take you to the best surf breaks around after considering the surf conditions.

During your entire surf class, the boat will stay with you. Feel free to bring drinks, snacks, towels, camera gear and know that the school will always be with you. If you are tired, just go hang out on the boat until the rest of the camp is ready to return.


This retreat will take place in Bocas Surf Camp and Hostel, Avenida H Norte, Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

Nearby places

  • The center of Bocas town - a few minutes (by foot)



  • Activities
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Diving nearby
  • Fishing
  • Fishing nearby
  • Gym nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming nearby
  • Zip lining


  • General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala


  • Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


You can always buy food and prepare your meals in the kitchen.

Things to do (optional)

  • Diving
  • Exploring deserted beaches, coral reefs teeming with sea critters
  • Going shopping in nearby stores
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking right off Bocas Surf School and Hostels deck
  • Learning Spanish
  • Painting and cooking
  • Relaxing in a hammock
  • Sailing around the island chain
  • Scuba diving in beautiful tropical coral reefs
  • Seeing how chocolate is made
  • Snorkeling and deep boarding
  • Swimming with manatees
  • Taking a dip in warm Caribbean water
  • Taking a dip with some tropical fish in the refreshing tropical water
  • Taking an adventure with an all-terrain vehicle
  • Taking an organic farm tour, botanical garden tour, and island tours
  • Walking to the center of Bocas town and enjoying the nightlife
  • Yoga
  • Zipline through the rain forest canopy

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Full day classes
  • Learner suitable boards
  • Surf instruction

What's not included

  • Lunches are not included in the price.

How to get there

Driving directions from Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Surf School and Hostel is located on Avenida H Norte, between hotel Angela and hostel Vista Mar. Farther up is Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar, the company is behind them up the road a bit, over-the-weater. If you find it hard to get to the office, no worries. Just give Bocas Surf School and Hostel a call and they will try to work something out for you.

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