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 LunchA great selection of light fare. Will make packed lunches upon request. Order the day before needed.

Jammin Pizzaria

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

Los Pibes

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

Vianka’s Restaurant

– open for DinnerA 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.

Scuba Coiba

Offers local dive trips daily for up to 6 people.

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