Lago Bay is located near the popular surf town of Santa Catalina where you will find many international restaurants, and boutique shops. The Point offers the best waves in Panama. Estero Beach has a more gentle beach break with a perfect sunset. The surrounding islands make for great beach hopping and fishing.
Nearby Coiba National Park has the best diving in Panama.
What to Do
Santa Catalina’s is 15 mins from Lago Bay. The famous point break, “La Punta” offers the most consistent advanced surf break in Central America with hollows that break both left and right. National and international surf competitions are regularly held in Santa Catalina. There are many places to rent surf boards or have private lessons for beginners.
Dive & Snorkel
Diving around Coiba Island is the best Pacific diving from Mexico to Colombia. It houses some of the most beautiful aquatic life imaginable: whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and so much more. Large moray eels and the white-tipped reef shark is also ubiquitous. From the boat, chances are good for spotting whales, dolphins and turtles.
Fishing in Panama is unrivaled both in abundance and quality of catch. Warm waters make it a seasonal home for fish from both hemispheres escaping their respective winters, providing year round action. Within minutes of the Santa Catalina beaches, fishermen can be surrounded by a war zone of dive bombing seabirds attacking wounded baitfish that huge schools of tuna have driven to the surface. The variety ranges from bottom fishing for snapper, grouper and other reef dwellers, to trolling for world record marlin, sailfish and other deep water species.
The area and Coiba National Park are famous for their white-sand beaches and beautiful landscape. Perfect for a day in paradise, swimming, standup paddling, kite surfing, a long stroll or shell collecting.
Panama in general is well known for it's variety of birds. Lago Bay in particular is fantastic for bird watching. You will find lots of exotic birds living on site such as parrots, eagles and cranes.
Lago Bay is roughly 90 minutes by car from Santiago. Taking the local bus will take more time (roughly 4 to 5 hours). We recommend taking the car or coming in with the new airstrip. If you are taking the car, watch out for the Lago Bay sign and just follow the road until you see a white gate ahead of you. We may also be able to provide shuttle service.
From Panama City
You will need to take a minimum of two buses (either direct to Soná and then to Santa Catalina) or three buses (direct to Santiago, then to Soná, and then to Santa Catalina). The commute by bus is approximately 7.5 hours.
At Albrook Bus Terminal take one of the five daily buses on the Transporte San Isidrio bus line departing to Soná. The current schedule has departures from Albrook to Soná at the following times:
5:50 am, 8:20am, 10:20am, 12:45pm, 2:20pm , 3:15pm, 4:20pm and 5:45pm
At Albrook Bus Terminal you can also take a direct bus to Santiago. Schedules are more frequent all day and night. (All bus services going to David will stop in Santiago.) In Santiago, take a $2 taxi to the local bus terminal, and catch the bus to Sona (offered every 30 minutes with the last bus leaving at 6 pm).
Take one of the five daily buses departing to Santa Catalina (Duration 1.5 hours).
From Soná to Santa Catalina, the current schedule is:
5:15am, 8:30am (no Sunday), 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm (no Sunday) and 4:30pm
You can also take a taxi from Soná to Lago Bay for approximately $30.00 – $40.00 (USD) for an hour ride.
You can request to the driver that you be dropped at the LAGO BAY sign on the main road, we are just after Farfan and before the town of Hicaco.