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Bocas del Toro Surf School

November 9, 2016

Tourists from around the globe travel to Bocas del Toro to walk along the beautiful beaches, experience the culture, and of course, go surfing! But, if you’re not an experienced surfer, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to make the trip. The short answer? Yes! Here are some Bocas del Toro surf schools that can teach you everything you need to know:

La Buga Surf School

Located right next to Bocas Sailing, this surf shop is located in the heart of Bocas Del Toro, so you won’t have any trouble finding it. La Buga Surf School was originally just a dive shop, but as time went on, it transformed to also include surf lessons to meet the growing demand from tourists and locals. Beginners can visit this school to learn the ropes of surfing, and experienced surfers can stop by to go on an adventurous tour of the area. Surfers will learn the basics about riding a wave, but more importantly, they’ll learn valuable safety lessons that will protect them while out on the water. See how you can learn to surf in Panama with the help of La Buga.  

Escuela Del Mar

If you’re seeking an outdoor adventure in Bocas del Toro, Escuela del Mar is the place to go. Not only can you learn how to surf at this spot, but you can also rent skateboards and GoPros so you can record all of your adventures. If the weather is clear, Escuela del Mar offers two surf lessons per day: one in the morning, and one in the late afternoon. Stop by to sign up and learn from some of the best instructors in the Bocas del Toro area. You can find Escuela del Mar centrally located across from the police station in Bocas Town.

Mono Loco Surf School

Also in Bocas Town is Mono Loco Surf School, which translates to mean “crazy monkey” surf school. What separates Mono Loco from the other surf schools in the area? They are the only surf school in the country to be certified by both the British Surfing Association and International Surfing Association. If you plan on learning how to ride the waves at Mono Loco Surf School, leave the board behind. You can rent a board from the wide selection of long and short boards offered within the school. They also offer a “surfari,” which is tour of the best spots on Isla Colon with a guide who can explain how to pick the best spots and safely ride the waves. The best part? After the surfari is over, you can stop by the Bluff Beach Bar for local food and drinks!
Want to go surfing in Bocas Del Toro? You’ll need to find a place to stay! There is no place better in Bocas del Toro than the Garden of Eden. We have affordable, family-friendly accommodations with breathtaking views of the impressive island with comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks. Contact us at +507-6967-0187 or email us at for more information.