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Private Surf Camp Panama

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 6 participants
Breakfast included

Everyone deserves their vacation as desired. Either you are here with the only mindset of surfing or with the impulse of exploring, El Ranchito Surfcamp will give you the kind of holiday that you will never forget. El Ranchito Surfcamp provides surfing lessons and holiday experiences which are tailored to your personal needs and desires. Their hanging-out area with hammock and shady spots in the garden will give you the full program of relaxation.

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  • Daily surfing lessons
  • Expert surfing instructor
  • Pick-up from bus station in Tonosi
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Surfboard rental
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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You will be accommodated at the El Ranchito Surfcamp in a private room. The hostel has four 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.


During this surf camp, there will be daily private surfing lessons that run for an hour and a half. Throughout the week, 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 can become a pro in no time.

It is very important for the El Ranchito Surfcamp's team that you are satisfied with the results of your surfing lessons and receive the proper instructions as well as a professional guidance.

That's why El Ranchito Surfcamp tries to keep the training size to a small group of 6 participants maximum, so that more time and effort is dedicated to each guest according to his or her needs in surfing. The surfboard rental for the whole week is included in the package so all you'll need to bring is your enthusiasm to surf.


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.


This retreat 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 tourism 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 are suitable for all levels and becomes 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 make a perfect surf spot and experience.

There is no any 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


During this surf camp, you will be served daily breakfast. Vegetarian and vegan food are 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:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily private surfing lessons
  • Experienced surfing instructor
  • Surfboard rental
  • Transfer from the bus station in Tonosi to the accommodation

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 three 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 five minutes.

Arrival by airplane

You can 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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
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