South swell season, should pump in May. I"ve been to Bocas on the Caribbean side, which is sick, but mostly a winter destination.
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Thread: Panama...not the song
Apr 21, 2011, 06:01 PM #11
- Join Date
- May 2006
- Lewes, DE
Looking back it was kind of an "adventure", but at the time stranded on the side of the road in central america in the dark with nobody really knowing where you were kind of sucked. I know, its centro...i get it. still its pretty bad when you get to a foreign country and nobody is there to greet or guide you as advertised.
The beachbreak was ok, but it wasn't epic or anything. I had fun, would I go back? maybe, maybe not.
It was more than just the drinks, the hotel they put us up in in P city was trying to overcharge us too, and it seemed like they told us drinks were one price when we got there and that it changed when the time came to pay up. It seemed like we spent a lot of time adding, calling people and recalculating bills.
Not hating or by any means saying not to go, just relating my experiance. Bottom line fun but not headache free.
To add to mike's pics:
Last edited by oipaul; Apr 21, 2011 at 07:29 PM.
Apr 21, 2011, 10:31 PM #13
Apr 22, 2011, 03:58 AM #15
Ah, Cresto....just when I thought I was out....you pull me back in ......
Here's what I got out of this thread:
NJ42 is sayin that he didn't get what he paid for. He's not sayin that he needs a minder, which is what you infer with your ignorant crackpost that he didn't get it.
WTF is good about sittin' on the side of a Centro highway all night ?? Esp since that was the kind of crap that he retained in-country assistance to avoid.....? And, much more importantly, that's what the in-country 'surf guides' advertise that they will help one avoid: hassles.
EX: I've surfed Nica many times. Just getting from MGA to Playa Colorado is 3 hrs & a lot of gringo-specific bogus pullovers by the Nica cops. The pigs want from 5 to 75 usd in their palms or they confiscate your license on the spot. It's no fun getting ripped off, but you manage, somehow, through negotiation, yappin' or connections to get to the destination. Would it seem like b itchin if I told you I don't like that corrupto crap ? Would it seem like b itchin if I told you we got through it but I consider it a negative on the trip?
NO, it's not b itchin. It's reality.
Just as nj42 managed to get through a night on the shoulder of some blacked out Panaroad. Reality.
And, BTW, his response to you is the sheeee-it.
So back off the b itch pedal, Cresto.
And, spare us, eh? Don't burden us with your BS routine of you being the US Ambassador of Central American Surf Expedition Knowledge, aka, ACASEK.
Apr 22, 2011, 03:59 AM #16
Perdon: make that Oipaul, not NJ42.
May 6, 2011, 05:19 AM #17
Woah, thanks for all the advice (and the drama, that was fun to read as well haha). We decided to go with the Cambutal Hotel with a rented 4x4 so we can explore the whole Azuero region. Looks pretty sick. Definitely appreciate the suggestion. Other than the semi-rough access, there don't seem to be many people with negative words about the place.
A few final questions, if anyone has the time and knowledge to reply...
1. Bug spray - I've heard that's a necessity. Any particular brand recommended?
2. Boards - I managed to destroy my 6'1'' thruster last week and have only my 6'4'' round pin. If need be, are boards expensive and/or available? I've been told there's a surf shop about 40 min from the hotel, but I'd like to know if I can expect to find something decent.
3. Traffic out of Panama City - I'm expecting an absolute nightmare...any tips???
4. Stonefish - these things scare the crap out of me, even though I've never actually seen one. I'd really like to not wear booties the whole time and look like a kook, but I'm considering it. Is this an irrational fear or something worth worrying about?
Last edited by live aloha; May 6, 2011 at 05:20 AM. Reason: type-o!
May 6, 2011, 11:45 AM #18
looking like a kook < dying from stonefish poison inside of 15min.
May 6, 2011, 04:15 PM #19
May 6, 2011, 06:31 PM #20
The last time this place posted a surf report was July 2010.....