El Estero
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El Estero

Veraguas, Panama



Skill Level
Good for all levels

The Break

Also known as Playa Estero. El Estero is a mellow, normal to long beach and river mouth break that offers lefts and rights. The friendly waves and sand-bottom are the most welcoming and forgiving for beginner surfers. Longboards are best here. Consistency is year-round with the biggest swell in the summer (rainy season).

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Current Surf Report

  • Surf Height
    4 - 6 ft
  • Swells
  • Wind
    15 mph
  • Weather

Last updated: 2 weeks ago

General Details

  • Skill Level
    Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Consistency
    Year round, Biggest swell in summer
  • Wave Length
    Normal, Long
  • Wave Direction
    Left, Right
  • Board Type
    Longboard, Funboard, SUP
  • Type of Break
    Beach, River mouth
  • Swell directions
    W, SW
  • Best wind directions
    E, NE
  • Crowd levels / week
  • Crowd levels / weekend
    Few to Crowded
  • Seabed
  • Best tides
    Mid, Rising
  • Power
  • Access By
    Public Beach, Paddle out, 4WD

The Area

Santa Catalina is a quiet fishing village in Veraguas, Panama. Its incredible flora and fauna, black sand beaches, fishing adventures, and excellent surfing conditions has been inviting visitors since the 1970s. Surf camps and smaller hotels offer accommodations, lessons, and rentals. Supplies are best brought in.

Amenities Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • Lodging
  • Parking
  • Board and Gear Rentals
  • Board/Ding Repair
  • Surf Lessons
  • Spas/Massages
  • Yoga
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fishing Charters
  • Boating/Sailing Charters
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Family Friendly
  • Boats/Tow-ins to Breaks
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