Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina, Veraguas - Fluid Adventures Panama

Santa Catalina, Panama
is a small fishing village located on the Pacific Ocean in the province of Veraguas. It is home to black sand beaches and world class surf. First discovered in the 1970s by adventurous surfers, the waves were kept secret for years, but today people from all over the world travel here to surf Santa Catalina’s incredible waves. Santa Catalina is quickly transforming from a remote secluded little village to one of the most recommended places to visit during your trip to panama. Please check our Surfing section for more specific info on the various surf spots in town.There is much more to Santa Catalina then just surf. It is also the closest access point to Isla Coiba which is literally a tropical paradise, offering a plethora of wildlife to spot, jungle to explore, and sea life to dive or snorkel with.There are two primary beaches in Santa Catalina, Playa Santa Catalina which is located at the end of the main road in town, and Playa Estero which is on the eastern edge of town at the end of the dirt road. Both beaches are wide black sand beaches created by rivers flowing from the surrounding hills. The tide level determines the width of the beaches, and there is quite a wide range in Santa Catalina. Tide changes can range as much as 20 feet in a given cycle, which means that an additionalSanta Catalina, Veraguas - Fluid Adventures Panama quarter mile of beach is created each and every day. This has allowed Santa Catalina’s beaches to remain uncluttered and unpolluted.Santa Catalina is like taking a step back in time. Literally at the end of the road, its beautiful beaches, local charm and friendly people make it a great place to visit whether you are coming to surf, dive or explore Coiba on a sea kayak

Accommodations In Santa Catalina:

The places to stay in Santa Catalina are a collection of surf camps, hostels and cabanas which are quite simple for the most part. Prices can range from $5 per night for camping to around $60 per night for some of the fancier options.

Sol y Mar

Sol y Mar is on a hillside as you arrive in Santa Catalina from Sona. It is a quiet spot, a little further from the beach than most of the options, but offers nice rooms with a/c and hot water.

La Buena Vida

La Buena Vida is located on the main paved road on the left as you enter Santa Catalina and offers 2 quaint guest quarters that are very clean and well maintained.

Rancho Estero

Ranchero Estero is a little gem that overlooks Playa Estero and authentic tiki cabanas, hot water, a large chill/yoga deck, hammocks and a guest kitchen w/ fridge.

Rolo’s Cabanas

Rolo’s Cabins offer some of the closest access to Santa Catalina Beach.

Dos Palmas Surf Lodge

On the hill in front of the Santa Catalina Surf Break. 11 rooms, 6 in the main building with 5 cabanas.

Blue Zone

Blue Zone surf and dive hostel is located on a bluff above the beach a short walk or drive from the center of town and close to some of the best surfing areas.

Casa Maya

Casa Maya rents two houses that can accommodate up to 6 guests.


Cabanas right on the beach at Playa Estero.

Surfer’s Paradise

A surf camp located on the point overlooking the main point. Meals are offered on sight.

Hibiscus Gardens

Located on beautiful Lagartero beach, a 10 minute drive from Santa Catalina, this small hotel offers seven very nice, clean and spacious rooms

Casa Kenia

Located conveniently at the main intersection in town, Casa Kenia is a private home rented out by its owners.

La Casa Verde

Fully furnished ocean front house for rent in Catalina with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.


For such a little town there are some great spots around town to eat some of the finest (and freshest) food in Panama.

La Buena Vida

– open for Breakfast and Lunch A great selection of light fare. Will make packed lunches upon request. Order the day before needed.

Jammin Pizzaria

– open for Dinner Best Pizza in all of Panama!! A fun place to make new friends as well.

Los Pibes

– open for Dinner Argentinean owned restaurant which offers steaks and an excellent burger!

Vianka’s Restaurant

– open for Dinner A wonderful selection of pasta, and seafood.

Tropical Beach Restaurant

Offers Authentic Panamanian Food and the best Pineapple Juice in town!


Coiba Dive Centre

Owned by fellow Canadian Glen Massingham, offering scuba diving and snorkeling trips, visit the Coiba penal colony, and scuba diving certification courses.The Dive-watering hole extaordinaire

Scuba Coiba

Offers local dive trips daily for up to 6 people.

Panama Dive Center

Located centrally in town, run by friendly Camilo and Sabina