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7 Days Amazing Surf Camp in Rio Mar, Panama

Affordable Surf Camp in Panama

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English

Come and join this affordable surf camp at Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp in Rio Mar, Panama! Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp has the knowledge and experience to fulfill your expectations and enhance your surfing adventure. Whether you come with your family or friends, you are going to have a good time. They will do their best to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Surf the uncrowded waves and the world-class right point break in the Pacific coast!


  • 5 surfing lessons
  • Included surf equipment
  • Experienced surfing instructor
  • Various surf spots and uncrowded waves
  • World-class right point break
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying at Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp in Rio Mar, Panama. Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp has a total of 11 rooms. All rooms are equipped with AC and private bathroom.


Your home break will be located in Rio Mar in the town of San Carlos. Every morning, you will check the breaks right in front of the camp and search for the perfect waves. This place suits beginners and surfers of all levels! There are consistent beach breaks - lefts and rights, and a world-class right point break. Other breaks close to the surf camp are within 15 minutes' driving distance. Transfers to other surf spots are available upon request. Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp offers custom surf tours with experienced Panamanian guides for all levels. They have a multitude of breaks ranging from right to left, reef to points.


This surf camp will take place at Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp. It is located at Playa Rio Mar in the town of San Carlos, Panama, one hour from Panama City. In this region of Panama, there are more than 18 different surf spots within 20 minutes' drive from the camp. Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp is a great starting point for your surfing trip in the uncrowded waves of Central America. They provide travelers with the information of all the places to go and things to do in Panama and Central America, so you can make the camp your "hub".

In the nearby town of San Carlos, you can find hospitals, small markets, and a variety of local restaurants. Modern installations in the surrounding areas will make you feel safe and you will be able to find all the comforts of home while secluded in an oasis of surf, skate, and more. The beach break is a two minutes' walk and the right point break a 10 minutes' walk.

Nearby places

  • 18 different surf sports - 20 minutes' drive
  • El Valle de Antón - 20 minutes' drive
  • Panama City - 1 hour
  • The beach break - 2 minutes' walk
  • The right point break - 10 minutes' walk



  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Hammock
  • Night club
  • Restaurant


  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

Things to do (optional)

  • Golf
  • Hike to the top of La India Dormida
  • Kayaking
  • Kiteboarding
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Paddleboarding
  • Skateboarding
  • Visit La Piedra Pintada, a testament to El Valle's pre-Colombian culture

What's included

  • 5 surf lessons for all levels
  • Surf equipment
  • Experienced surf instructor
  • 6 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Driving directions from Panama City

  • Drive away from Panama City.
  • Drive through the Panamerican highway (you can take the Bridge of the Americas or Centennial Bridge) heading to the town of San Carlos. 80 kilometers from the city, you will see Coronado Malls on the left and right side (there's a McDonald's, KFC, Rey, and 99 supermarkets). You will be only 12 kilometers away from the entrance of the town of San Carlos. There is a police station on the left side and a Texaco gas station. On your left, you will see the entrance to Playa Rio Mar.
  • Once you enter, you drive 500 meters and then turn right. You will see Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp on your right.

Driving directions from Chiriqui or Los Santos

  • Drive a couple hundreds of kilometers, pass the town of Divisam, and keep driving in direction to Panama City on the Panamerican highway. There is a town called Penonome which is around 50 kilometers from Rio Mar.
  • Passing Penonome, you will have to pass several small towns Anton, Rio Hato.
  • Passing Rio Hato you will see signs of some of the big hotels in the area of Playa Blanca, Decameron, then the small town of Santa Clara, Casamar, and right after that, you will see the Playa Rio Mar entrance on your right-hand side.

Arrival by bus

To get to Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp by bus, the best thing is to take a taxi to the Albrook bus terminal around 5 USD from most parts of the city then take a bus to San Carlos (around 3.50 USD) at the bus terminal. If you don't find a bus to San Carlos, you can also take one to Penonome, Anton, and stop in San Carlos. From there, you take a taxi to Rio Mar around 2 USD. The buses from Panama City to San Carlos leave every 20 minutes from 5.45 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., leaving from Gran Terminal Nacional de Transporte in Albrook.

Arrival by taxi

If you are not driving, you can make it to the camp by taxi. The ride costs around 80 USD from Panama City and 100 USD from the airport.

Transfer available upon request for 4 persons for $200 USD

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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