Panama Surf Seasons, Surfing Conditions Panama- Waterways Travel
Those who are incredulous that this seemingly over-protected corner of the Caribbean Ocean cant have surf need to understand that there is 600 – 900 miles of fetch between Bocas del Toro and Santo Domingo and the other Caribbean Islands. The swell coming into Bocas del Toro is produced by seasonal trade winds and cold fronts which produce short period wind swell that packs a punch, and can get as big as 20 feet.
The best surf months are from December through early April and again in June through July when the cyclones moving north through the Atlantic send pumping swells west to numerous reefs and beachbreaks which surround the islands of Bocas Del Toro.
September and October can be good months for beginners due to the small surf and beautiful weather. The season really starts in early December and begins to fall off in early April. The peak of summer can also produce a mini-season during the months of June and July. There are some epic days during these months and the waves are usually cleaner given often glassy conditions.
While there can be some big days during these months, the summer season does not compare with the winter in terms of duration or consistency.
This corner of the Caribbean does not get tropical typhoons, but the conditions are tropical: warm water, no wetsuits, offshore breezes coming out of the jungle. Air temperatures remain in the mid 70’s to high 80’s year round, with water temperatures staying close to 80 degrees.