Awayco Go: Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Why this tropical paradise has become a dream destination for surfers escaping cold weather.


A frame in Bocas Del Toro.


The Canal is old news — Panama’s real draw is surfing in Bocas Del Toro!


As professional surfer Balaram Stack says,


“Bocas is a true surf trip. You stay in the thick of the jungle, boat through mangroves and surf some of the best waves in the world. It’s one of my favorite places to visit.” 


Balaram Stack in barrel in Bocas Del Toro.


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When To Go

The season begins in early November, and is ultra-consistent December-April.


Where To Stay

Red Frog Bungalows. This is the trusted mainstay of surfers who visit the area time and time again, and boasts a large quiver of boards available on Awayco

Bocas Del Toro Paradise.


As Trusty Yades (Yadin Nicol) says,

“Red Frog is the best spot to stay down there. The crew there has so much experience and will always put you on the best spots…#trustyoursurfguide.”

Yadin Nicol in barrel in Bocas Del Toro.

Board Of Choice

Red Frog Bungalows owner, Scott Balogh, suggests the Channel Islands Sampler. “It’s the perfect all-around board for the many reefs, slabs and beaches Bocas Del Toro has to offer.”

Awayco boards in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

When You’re Surfed Out 

  • Relax at Nachyo Mommas (get it?) Taco Bar and enjoy fresh squeezed passionfruit margaritas and yellowfin tuna tacos.
  • Hitch a ride on the Leslie Ann and fish offshore for tuna, wahoo, and snapper. 
  • Snorkel the coral reefs teeming with tropical Caribbean fish.

Boat in Bocas Del Toro Panama.

Sound dreamy enough? Just think how good it will sound in the dead of February. Best to plan ahead…

If you’d like to visit Red Frog Bungalows and devour the variety of waves Bocas has on tap, they’re offering three free days on Awayco for any new guests staying with them this season. Which means your packing list will look something like this: boardies, shirts, sandals and sunscreen.

Your boards will be waiting.



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