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The Magic Wave @ Surfer's Paradise - Santa Catalina, Panama

Best Recommendation for 'high-level' surfers on a budget. March 2024

Surfer's Paradise is a hostel in Santa Catalina that is directly in front of The Point. This is the 'Magic Wave' of Santa Catalina that attracts international surfers all year long. Italo and Sandra, the owners, also operate Surfer's Paradise. The charming couple, together with the best surf in Panama, help create a memorable stay With good food, a bar and a very 'chill' atmosphere, Surfer's Paradise caters primarily to backpackers with a serious interest in a powerful and challenging wave. They rent a variety of boards if you don't want to carry your own. You can surf, eat, drink, relax.... then repeat!!

The Lago Bay team visited our friends Italo and Sandra at Sufer's Paradise early in 2024 to ask their story of history and discovery . We have recorded an interview with Italo describing his experience and a bit of philosophy regarding The Point in Santa Catalina.

In this video, Vicente a fellow Brazilian, interviews Italo in Portuguese. We are fortunate to have had the chance to record the story of a long-board champion, an architect, a hostel owner and a fellow soul adventurer... Italo.

If you have Santa Catalina on your Surf itinerary and your main focus for the trip is the best wave in Panama... you may want to consider Surfer's Paradise. You can't get any closer to the surfing action!!

Magic wave Surf Santa Catalia
'The Point' - #1 Wave in Panama

Please note that Santa Catalina also has a less challenging wave at Estero Beach. The 'beach break' is for all skill levels with a sandy bottom,


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