Panama is best known for its canal, but there is much more to this tiny Central American country than that. Panama is a tropical paradise of rainforests and beaches, with a strong and growing tourist industry that attracts adventurous visitors. Among them are many windsurfers. Panama has coasts on the Pacific and the Atlantic – you’re never far from the water, and never far from the wind! Here’s what you can expect on a Panama windsurfing trip.
Panama’s two coasts offer plenty of opportunity for windsurfers to get out on the water. The San Blas islands are one of the most attractive places to choose for your windsurf trip. This archipelago of several hundred islands (of which only 49 are inhabited) lies off the Atlantic coast. Take a flight from Panama City to San Blas and you’ll be able to find places to windsurf all over the islands, surrounded by crystal clear blue water. Winds are reliable all through the year, and there are waves for those who want them. Santa Catalina is the place to be for many – the island has hosted international competitions.
On the Pacific side of Panama, Pedasi is one of the most popular spots. It is an attractive, green area which has begun to develop a high-end tourism industry. With that has come a growing watersports scene. Pedasi is perfect for wave-sailors, with lots of big, empty breaks to take on. Playa Arenal is the hub of the windsurfing and kitesurfing scene.
Take a Panama windsurfing trip and you’ll quickly find out why this beautiful country has become a favourite with those looking for something different. Pristine beaches, isolated islands, wind and waves: what more could you need?