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Relaxing Surf Camp in Panama

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 6 participants
Dinner included

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Learn surfing in the most remote beach of Panama, away from the busy tourist sites. At Guanico beach, you can finally surf every single day in an empty line-up. During your 8-day program, your certified instructor will be with you every step of the way, so you will learn how to surf in no time. You will also find yourself relaxing in your cabin located in a peaceful tropical garden surrounded by many greens and jungle sounds. After a long day of surfing, this is the perfect place to stay in and rest.

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  • 6 days of 1.5 hours surf lessons
  • Certified professional surf instructor
  • Free surf board rental for the whole week
  • Empty line-up and uncrowded beach
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

You will be accommodated at the El Ranchito Surfcamp in shared or private double rooms. 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.


You are committed to learn how to rock the wave? Whether you are an absolute beginner or you just want to improve your surfing skills, their surf lessons are tailored to your personal needs and desires.

Throughout the week, you will have a total of six surf lessons during this camp, that each runs for an hour and a half. Their certified professional surf instructor, Lorenzo, will guide you through each step of the essentials of surfing:

  • Paddling the board
  • Right pop-up
  • Balancing on the board
  • Wave selection
  • Surf etiquette
  • Surf safety
  • Ocean awareness


Playa Guanico is the right surf spot for you: Sandy beach, no dangerous current, smooth waves, and the most important, its empty line-up! In this fun and safe environment, you can focus totally on your surfing skills without even thinking about any danger.

Firstly, the surf instructor (Lorenzo) will teach you the basics of surfing in the white foamy wave where the water reaches maximum to your chest. This way, you get familiar and comfortable with the strength of the waves. Meanwhile, he will show you the techniques of the right pop-up and how to balance on the surfboard.

After several days when you are comfortable on your surfboard, they are taking you out to the line-up. There, you are going to learn about the ocean knowledge. They will explain about the surf etiquette, how to read the wave, and how to choose the right wave.

With the support of Lorenzo, you develop your skills and catch as many waves as possible. It will be fun and you will be able to surf just in no time.


You already know how to pop-up and you are able to ride your green wave with confident? Then it’s time for the next level. Now your challenge is to make you ride as long as possible.

​To do so, their surf instructor will lead you deeper into the surf techniques and knowledge. Furthermore, you are going to learn how to do the three basic maneuvers of surfing: Bottom turn, top turn, and cutback.

First and most important step that they are going to teach you is: How to gain speed on the wave. Only with enough speed and the corresponding strength the first maneuver can be done. To accomplish these, first your surf instructor will show you on land how to combine your agility, balance, and strength.

Later in the water, he will surf just next to you on the wave and advise you step by step.


Laurent Dutruilh


This retreat will take place in the El Ranchito Surfcamp, which is located in Guanico village in the Azuero Peninsula, the most southern point of Panama.

To the delight of nature lovers, this hostel is a lush tropical garden surrounded by many palm trees and the sounds of the jungle which provide a totally cool experience of living with nature. Also, within only four minutes of driving, you can reach the remote beach paradise of Guanico.

Guanico is a piece of gem that is still undiscovered in Panama. It is situated between the tourism areas of Playa Cambutal and Playa Venao. Its beach stretches over 20 kilometers with nothing but nature.

If you are seeking for a remote place to relax, Playa Guanico Abajo is the perfect spot for you. Especially for surfers, its empty line-up and uncrowded waves make for a perfect surf spot and experience.


  • Guanico Beach - 4 minute-drive



  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library


The package includes a nice daily dinner. This way you all can sit together and exchange your experience throughout the day. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
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)

Besides the main retreat activity, which is surfing, you can also do other nature-related activities like biking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Horse rental is available nearby for an additional cost, and El Ranchito Surfcamp can help you get access to this activity. They can also offer you expert local advice on other things to do and places to visit while in Panama.

Of course, you are welcome to do any personal activity during your free time, like relaxing in a hammock or socializing.

What's included

  • 6 daily surf lessons of one and a half hour each
  • Daily professional surf instruction
  • Free surfboard rental for the entire stay
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily dinner
  • Photo series of participants in the water
  • Daily beach transport

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any additional activities or trips
  • International airfare costs
  • Meals not specified

How to get there

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Driving directions from Panama City

  • Cross the Puente de las Americas bridge
  • Stay on the Inter-American Highway until the town of Divisa. This will approximately take three hours
  • In Divisa, turn off from the Inter-American Highway. The exit ramp is on the right entering Route 2 (or Calle 2) via Dr. Belisario Porras
  • Stay on Route 2, passing Chitre, for 48 kilometers until Las Tablas. Chitre is the cheapest place for gassing up
  • Entering 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
  • On the small street, go straight and be careful not to turn left to stay on the main road
  • Turn on the second left
  • Then turn on the immediate next right. You will then be on the road to Valle Rico heading to Tonosi, which will be about an hour drive taking you into the mountains
  • Arriving at the T-section, turn right heading to the town of Tonosi
  • When you arrive at another T-section, you will see the Banco National on the left side. Turn right
  • Stay on this road and go straight
  • In around 15 minutes, you will see a blue bus stop on the left side. In here, turn left heading to Guanico, passing the town of Ave Maria
  • After five minutes, you will see the sign of El Ranchito Surfcamp

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by bus

At the Albrook bus station in Panama City, take a bus to Las Tablas first. This will cost around 9.50 USD. They run every hour daily, and travel takes about four hours.

In Las Tablas, take a taxi to another local bus terminal in order to go to Tonosi. This ride will cost about 2.75 USD. Once you get to Tonosi, you will have to take a taxi to El Ranchito Surfcamp. The alternative to this is to catch a direct bus from Las Tablas to Guanico at 13:30.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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