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7 Days Rejuvenating Yoga and Surf Camp in Santa Catalina, Veraguas, Panama

Fantastic Panama Surf Camp

This is a high standard surf camp in one of the best waves of Central America. This camp is more dedicated to surfing but since yoga is one of the best complements of this sport, those two are put together to better prepare your body for the sea and have a complete preparation, body and mind. You can enjoy nature and stay at a beautiful and comfortable place, the best hotel of Santa Catalina. The hotel provides a big yoga studio as well as surfboards, SUP, kayaks, and bikes.

Highlights

  • Daily surfing lessons
  • 4 relaxing yoga practices
  • Boat trip and picnic on the island beach
  • A 40-minute massage session and 1 tour of Sendero
  • Use of surfboards, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks
  • Use of snorkeling gear and bicycles
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
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Accommodation

Hotel Santa Catalina is the best hotel in Santa Catalina because its ocean front (best view to the best waves in Panama) is no match in Santa Catalina. It has charm and character. Comfort meets nature. The infinity swimming pool overlooking the surf is unique. The rooms are high standards and you can enjoy the outdoors of the compound and feel home.

Hotel Santa Catalina Panama offers nice rooms with comfortable memory foam beds, 100% high-quality cotton bed linens, air conditioning, ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms with hot water and blow dryer, mini-refrigerator, and en-suite lockers. Each room has a terrace with hammock, table, and chairs. There are no electricity cuts because it has a generator providing energy 24/7.

Standard rooms

Standard rooms at Hotel Santa Catalina will comfortably accommodate up to four guests. The rooms include air conditioning, ceiling fan, en-suite private bathroom with hot water and blow dryer, closet with a secured key-locker feature, refrigerator, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi internet, and outside terrace with hammocks, chairs, and table. The standard rooms include either four single (twin) size beds, or one king-size bed with two single (twin) size beds.

Junior suite

Hotel Santa Catalina's suite rooms are for one up to three guests and have one king-size bed and one single bed, or the option of three single beds. All suites include complete kitchenette including coffeemaker, microwave, electric stove, sink, pot / pan, dishes, glasses, utensils, etc. The suite amenities are safe (safety box), private bathroom with hot water and blow drier, 32-inch satellite TV, air conditioning, and ceiling fan, coffee table with two chairs, terrace with hammocks, table and chairs.

Panalive Tours Surf Camp Panama Program

Santa Catalina offers a wide variety of waves for all levels of surfing and you will stay like the pros in a hotel with swimming pool. The surfing classes are made in several languages by experienced surfers and trainers. They also have a yoga studio for those who want to practice. In one of the free afternoons, you will go by boat to enjoy a beautiful white sand beach located on a small island in front of the hotel.

Surfing

The staff is very experienced and can teach you surfing in the best fashion. The daily surfing lessons are complemented with yoga. Panalive Tours has several types of boards to find what better fits you. The Panalive staff is multilingual. The lessons are two hours daily in the morning. Panalive Tours always picks the best place on the beach. Santa Catalina is perfect to learn surfing because it has many options around that can suit all levels of surfing, from beginners to advanced. After the classes, you can practice by yourself in the afternoon because the hotel includes the use of surfboards.

Yoga for beginners

The yoga teachings an are based on 100 Hatha yoga poses at the hotel's yoga studio. To be a good surfer, you must have your body trained, strong and flexible, your muscles prepared for hard paddling and balancing, and your mind clear and free from any stress. Nothing can help you better than yoga! It will help you not only to correct, improve your posture, and prevent any injury in the water but also increase your energy that you need in the ocean. To get body and soul relaxation that will help you to exclude your anxiety or tension on the board, a 40-minute massage will be booked at your convenience.

Schedule

Day 1

  • Afternoon arrival at the hotel
  • 18:00 Welcome cocktail by the pool

Day 2

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Yoga session (in the hotel studio)
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson (one / two hours)
  • 13:00 Lunch (at the hotel)

Day 3

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Surfing lesson (two hours)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga session
  • 17:00 Hike the sendero to watch the sunset

Day 4

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Surfing lesson (two hours)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Yoga session

Day 5

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Surfing lesson
  • 13:00 Excursion to the island of Santa Catalina by boat (includes barbecue). The island barbecue is made in the little island in front of Santa Catalina village, you will arrive by boat and take S.U.P.s and snorkeling gear so you can enjoy this deserted island white sand beach. The Hiking tour is made on a hill beside the village, that has an incredible view to the sunset and surroundings and it takes about one hour.

Day 6

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Surfing lesson (1 hour and 30 minutes)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Surfing lesson (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Day 7

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Certificates ceremony
  • 10:00 Departure

Included excursions

  • Boat trip to a small island
  • Hiking Catalina sendero to watch sunset
  • Little island barbecue

Instructors

Miguel Martins
He is from Faro, Portugal and 46 years old. His hometown is located in a very touristic area of southern Portugal named Algarve. It's very famous for its incredible beaches and golf resorts. Since he had graduated, he started working with tourism because, in this region, it is the main activity. He did university based on tourism and took several courses about how to create touristic products. For most of his life, he worked for an airline but he also had jobs in all the touristic operation, like a car rental, hotels, surf camps, boat tours, eco-tours, monument guiding, golf, and etc.
Keoni Salgado
His father is the owner of Surfers Paradise Hostel, so Keoni grew up in front of the big waves of Santa Catalina's main break. All his family is dedicated to surfing. Also, he has spent many years teaching surfing in Catalina.
Nataly Alvarez
Nataly is from Venezuela, probably the best female surfer in Panama. She moved to santa catalina a long time ago to surf big waves. She is very experienced in the ocean as well as teaching how to surf.

Location

Santa Catalina is located on the Chiriquí Gulf in the state of Veraguas, Panama. It is a fishing village which offers a smattering of surf camps, low-cost hotels, and a few eating establishments. Still fairly secluded, the closest town with ATM, grocery, and other basic services is Soná which is about an hour away. Your surfing sessions are complemented with very good nearby spots.

Literally a tropical paradise, Santa Catalina offers some of the best surfs in Panama. The closest access point is Isla Coiba with its world-class diving, great local dives and fishing, and quiet charm for relaxing. Its beautiful beaches, lush forest, and friendly people make it a great stop for travelers wanting to enjoy some of the best of Panama's natural beauty and local flair on a minimal budget.

Mecca of surf in Panama for more than three decades has been the favorite of many of the best surfers of all time. The perfect wave will make you live one of your best experiences destination. Santa Catalina is one of the most important ports to visit Coiba National Park, a protected area of the most important of Panama with the status of World Heritage site, where you will find nature in all its splendor, a true natural paradise you should know.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Whale watching

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Two meals a day will be provided by the hotel restaurant included on the total price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat trips to the islands around
  • Biking
  • Coiba snorkeling tour
  • Going to Coiba Island National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Hyking
  • Sea kayaking
  • Sports fishing
  • Surfing
  • SUP

What's included

  • 4 yoga teachings
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 5 surfing lessons
  • Boat trip and barbecue on the island beach
  • Sendero hike tour
  • Snacks and welcome drinks
  • Use of bicycles, swimming pool, and Wi-Fi
  • Use of surf boards, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear

What's not included

  • Coiba snorkeling tour
  • Dinner
  • Transfer to Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
  • Quiromassage with Aromatherapy

How to get there

Driving directions from Santiago in the province of Veraguas

  • From Santiago, you go southbound toward the village of Sona (50 kilometers).
  • Just before entering Sona, you have to turn left to catch the road to Santa Catalina (50 kilometers).
  • Remember to turn left 30 kilometers after Sona when you get past a new hospital in the country.
  • In Catalina, you have many signs directing you to the hotel, Santa Catalina.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to this airport or city is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 38% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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There is also an option of staying in the junior suite for single use (1218 USD).

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