ISA World Surfing Championships in Playa Santa Catalina

Oli Santa Catalina

Local boy Oli Camerena takes it to the pros in Santa Catalina! Like most participants of a sport, the more one practices and improves in a sport, the more one enjoys watching a talented participant of that sport. Surfing is no different. When any average surfer sees a talented surfer in the water ripping the waves apart they take … [Read more...]

Discovering Surfing Talents End of Summer Party

champion panama

To be young again, wouldn't it be nice. Play, eat, repeat. Play, eat, repeat. Those were the days! At the Discovering Surfing Talents end of Summer Party - play, eat, repeat was the itinerary for the kids in attendance. There was a BBQ, a birthday party complete with a piñata full of candy, a soccer field and multiple trampolines to … [Read more...]

Nitro City Action Sports Resort Punta Chame

punta chame panama

Nitro City Panama is a unique waterfront resort specializing in entertaining the young thrill seeker. I have been a guest at many different hotels throughout my traveling life, but never one like Nitro City Action Sports Resort. Motocross track, skateboard park, lake wake, kite boarding and more; Nitro City is set up for fun! The … [Read more...]

Rio Pedregal Playa Cambutal

playa cambutal

Panama has an abundance of deserted beaches.Of course on weekends or holidays many beaches are full of visitors getting away for a nice day at the beach, but the majority of playas en Panama are nearly empty most days. I recently had family visiting from the United States. We spent a weekend at the Hotel Playa Cambutal. This was a good … [Read more...]

Pedasi Palms – Condo’s in Pedasi

pedasi palms

Growing up around the beautiful beaches of Perdido Key, Florida I can appreciate the convenience of condo style living. A few times in my life I have lived on or near the beach in a condominium. Want to take a quick dip in the pool yet not worry about keeping it clean, maintaining healthy ph, skimming leaves or vacuuming the bottom? … [Read more...]

Pizza in Pedasi Villa Libera

pizza pedasi

Pedasi has a new authentic Italian pizza restaurant. Located on the way to popular playa el Toro, Villa Libera is a great local to get pizza or pastas served with beer or wine in a laid back open air dining atmosphere. Villa Libera is owned by a young italian couple. They offer great thin crust home made pizza and a place to stay. They … [Read more...]

Panama Surfing Guide

tours, trave, surf

Though this is a video that I made some years ago, I have never featured it here at The Panama Portal. It's a short video of a surf trip I took with my friends Dexter and Graciela from Panama Surfing Guide. The wave featured in the video is a long right hander that only breaks on the perfect tides and swell. This day we scored! I would … [Read more...]

Panama Viejo, Historic “Old Panama”

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo ("old Panama") was founded in August of 1519 making it the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific Coast.  In 1671 the town was destroyed when Captain Henry Morgan invaded.  It was never rebuilt.  Panama Viejo was declared a historic site in 1976 and has since been under governmental protection.  In 2003 the site was added … [Read more...]

Clinica San Fernando, Coronado, Panama

Clinica San Fernando, Coronado, Panama

A few weeks ago I had to visit the doctor.  I was fine, just along for moral support with a friend who broke her nose.  We were in San Carlos, Panama when it happened so we took the 15 minute drive to the Pacific coast beach community of Coronado to a private clinic that was recommended by some friends. Within two hours and for under … [Read more...]

Surf Lesson, Palmar, Panama

Palmar Surf Lesson

Recently a friend came for a quick visit with the primary goal of learning how to surf.  So we headed to Palmar, Panama on the Pacific Coast  The winds and waves all cooperated and he was able to get some good time in the water with a great instructor named Tiffany.  I have to be honest, I've never tried to surf...mainly because it looks … [Read more...]