Santa Catalina is THE place for surfing in Panama and the village is becoming knows as one of the best surf spots in Central America. Whether you are an experienced surfer, or just want to take your first lesson, Santa Cataline is the place to be.
Of course, the village offers more than just the beach and waves. From Santa Catalina, you easily visit the nearby Coiba National Park. This is a great destination for nature lovers to discover unique flora and fauna. The park is known as ‘the new Galapagos.’
When in Santa Catalina…rent a board or book a class! When it’s your first time on a surf board, you better start at the beach of Estero. While more experienced surfers can catch their waves at Punta Brava or Punta Roca. Of course, you can also relax on the beach or enjoy a nice cold drink in one of the restaurants or bars.
The beautiful Coiba Island with its pearly white beaches and tropical flora is part of the National Park. Here you can book a snorkel tour and explore the large, nearby coral reef. Divers have a good chance to spot whale sharks, eagle rays, dolphins and whales.
In Santa Catalina we stayed in a nice resort near the beach. The restaurant has a beautiful view and excellent food. We also had a delicious dinner at El Chillinguito and had a nice pizza at La Panaderia Vieja.
From Santa Catalina we did a snorkeling tour to Coiba. This was a beautiful tour in which we have seen a lot, such as alligators, turtles, countless fish and even a shark.
Be aware it is not a quiet boat trip, though. It was racing over the water and 1.5 hours back 1.5 hours.