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    Off to Santa Catalina in 2 weeks, renting a car?

    Hello I'm off to santa catalina panama with 3 friends in two weeks. going to be there from march 31st to april 18th. were thinking on renting a car since we found one available for 25$ a day and that divided by 3 is practically nothing.. heard you can't really use the car in santa catalina since the main break is infront of the hotel and the others breaks are walking distance/not drivable? is this true? should we rent the car or not? any other tips appreciated thanks.

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    This is a good example of a logical travel inquiry! I rented but was only there for a short trip. Remember in Central America they get you for an extra ~$14 bucks/day for insurance that even credit cards can't cover. Roads are pretty good, so Panama was easy to get around (where we ventured). Definitely don't NEED a car if you plan to post up at Santa Catalina the whole time. True that the nearby spots you cannot access by car.

    Enjoy, it's a classic destination. Stay with Itolo if you haven't decided on a place yet. He's the man, and his place is basic, but clean and safe with good food. I'll update if I can remember the name. Watch out for the rocks at low tide, and dangerous surfers otherwise...

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    Last edited by bungalowparkbob; Mar 18, 2014 at 09:43 PM.

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    Looks like it's now called Surfer's Paradise and is run by someone different. Same killer view and access though.

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    Gotta get a car in Cali. Just in case.

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    Sep 2013
    hey bunglaow, was the left in that pic ever a thing when you were there?

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    Yeah man the left was pretty consistent. Not the prime choice obviously but I went left more than I thought I would.

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    Stayed at Surfers Paradise 4-5 years ago, great location, right in front of the reef break and up the hill from the beach break. They had a ton of rentals boards in great condition, food was good, and the place is cheap. Can't go wrong. Bring reef booties...

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    Aug 2010
    I would rent a car if its that cheap and your planning on traveling from panama city to santa catalina. Everything in that town is within walking distance- or most of the ppl ride horses lol make sure your filled up on gas.

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    thanks everyone.. those pics look killer! im staying at hotel santa catalina, friend stayed there and said it was the best hotel staying at the suite with kitchen/cofee maker etc its only 100$ and its 3 of us so its fairly cheap. so pretty much if im staying at catalina the whole time the car is unnecessary, any other spots worth checking not too far away?