Invigorating Surf Camp Panama

You are invited to surf in the most southern point of Panama through El Ranchito Surfcamp's program. Not only surfing, you will get a remarkable holiday experience while staying in Panama. After surfing, you can relax in their beautiful garden and take a little nap in a hammock. The shady spots in the garden will give you a relax and peaceful feeling. What are you waiting for? Book now to get this amazing lifetime experience!

Highlights

  • Surf board rental
  • 1.5-hour surf lessons
  • Daily surf instructor guiding
  • Pick up from bus station in Tonosi
  • Photo series of you in the water
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 14 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a private room with shared bathroom at the El Ranchito Surfcamp. The hostel has 4 unattached cabins situated in a green and shady tropical garden, surrounded by many trees and sounds of nature that are sure to make your stay unique and remarkable. In the middle of the garden, there is a big ranch, typical of the Panamanian lifestyle, which houses a tall open kitchen and huge hangout area for the guests.

El Ranchito Surf Camp in Panama Program

El Ranchito Surfcamp is located in the authentic Panamanian village where it is surrounded by its many tropical palm trees. During this surf camp, there will be daily private surfing lessons that run for an hour and a half. A certified professional surf instructor will help you to focus on the essentials of surfing, starting with the basics of catching a wave by yourself. Moreover, he will support you through your fundamental of surfing including safety, surf etiquette, proper paddling techniques, and green wave-catching techniques. With your additional dedication and practice, you will become a pro in no time. El Ranchito Surfcamp will ensure you are satisfied with the results of your surfing lessons and receive the proper instructions as well as a professional guidance. They will keep the training size to maximum 6 persons so that more time and effort is dedicated to each guest according to his or her needs in surfing. The surfboard rental for the program will be included in the package so all you'll need to bring is your enthusiasm to surf.

After the morning surf session the surf camp's tropical garden is the perfect place to relax and chill out. Refilling new energy for the surf session in the afternoon. Then you have the chance to practice on your own and try to apply all the steps you have learned in the morning surf lessons.

Instructors

Laurent Dutruilh
Laurent, also known as Lorenzo, is the owner and surf instructor of El Ranchito Surfcamp. Because he was born in the famous surf town of Biarritz in France, waves and surfing have become one of his priorities. Therefore, he turned his hobby into a career. Every summer, he goes back to France to work professionally as a surf instructor. Due to his eleven long years of experience in surf coaching, he knows all the essentials required for successful surf lessons.

Location

This program will take place on Playa Guanico Beach, Panama. Guanico is a piece of gem that is still undiscovered in Panama. The place is situated between the tourist areas of Playa Cambutal and Playa Venao. The beach stretches over 20 kilometers with nothing but nature.

In addition, Playa Guanico Abajo has main and right point breaks that will be suitable for all levels. These point breaks will also become the perfect spot for tourists who are seeking for a remote place to relax. Especially for surfers, the beach's empty line-up and uncrowded waves will make a perfect surf spot and experience.

There is no danger of heavily current and no rocks in sight. Throughout the year, the waves have a consistency of 95% and the best waves from medium to high tide.

Nearby places

  • Guanico Beach - 4 minutes by car
  • Playa Cambutal - 30 minutes by car

Food

During this surf camp, you will be served daily breakfast and dinner. Vegetarian and vegan food will be also available at El Ranchito Surfcamp. Please notify El Ranchito Surfcamp and they would be happy to prepare the meals according to your needs. For more information, please send El Ranchito Surfcamp an inquiry.

The following meals are included:

  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Fishing trips
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Trip to Cambutal
  • Trip to the lagoon
  • Trip to Venao

What's included

  • 1.5 hours of surf lessons
  • 14 nights of accommodation
  • Access to bikes
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily guided surf session
  • Photo series of you in the water
  • Pick up from bus station in Tonosi to accommodation
  • Surf board rental

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International airfare

How to get there

Driving directions from Panama City

  • Cross the Puente de las Americas bridge and stay on the Inter-American Highway until the town of Divisa that will approximately take 3 hours.
  • Turn off from the Inter-American Highway in Divisa.
  • Find the exit ramp which is on the right entering Route 2 (or Calle 2) via Dr. Belisario Porras.
  • Stay on Route 2 and pass Chitre for 48 kilometers until Las Tablas (Chitre is the cheapest place for gassing up).
  • Enter Las Tablas which is 37 kilometers from Chitre.
  • Continue on the main road until the stop sign. On the right side, there is a town square called Parque Belisario Porras and a church.
  • Go straight on the small street and be careful not to turn left to stay on the main road.
  • Turn on the second left and then turn on the immediate next right.
  • Drive on the road to Valle Rico heading to Tonosi which will be about an hour drive taking you into the mountains.
  • Arrive on the T-section.
  • Turn right heading to the town of Tonosi.
  • See the Banco National on the left side when you arrive on another T-section and turn right.
  • Stay on this road and go straight.
  • See a blue bus top on the left side in around 15 minutes.
  • Turn left heading to Guanico.
  • Pass the town of Ave Maria.
  • See the sign of El Ranchito Surfcamp after 5 minutes.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Arrival by bus

El Ranchito Surfcamp will transfer you from the bus station to the surf camp and the pick up is included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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