Surf&Chill Bastimentos

Surf&Chill Bastimentos is a small family-owned business at the edge of the jungle in Old Bank, Bocas del Toro that offers surf lessons and rental.

Instructors 1

Ernesto Downer

Ernesto started to surf when he was 17 years old as one of the very first locals in Bocas del Toro. In 2015 he was featured in the documentary LAS OLAS directed by Joel Sharpe ( He's a patient and encouraging instructor who enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for surfing with people of all ages and levels.

Testimonials 2

Miriam and Christoph

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We stayed at Surf and Chill for a week altough we initially just wanted to stay for two nights. The treehouse is such a a lovely place to watch animals, the sea, the jungle and to relax in the hammock. We enjoyed our days there so much and Nina and her boys are the best hosts ever. Polo Beach and Wizard are amazing places and if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle in Bocas town this is the perfect place to do just that: surf and chill. We will be back for sure!

Christoph & Miriam


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After all the noise and partying in bocas del toro, how lovely to find this place. It was quiet and private and still just 5 mn from Bocas by water taxi. This is like a tree house, basic and simple housing but totally functional and you will wake up with the sound of the birds and the forest around. Wifi was not working well but it is expected in such an area. You can take a water taxi and have perfect wifi in Bocas. Was going to stay one night but we stayed one more evening, as slept so well. Our host was discrete but also very helpful whenever we asked her for informations. If you want to be away from the crowd, a very good address.

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