Bocas is known for surfing & is a favorite amongst traveling pros including the Hobgood brothers, yet the waves are still relatively uncrowded. In the past year,, Bocas has hosted Mick Fanning, Jeremy Flores, Tom Curren, Dillon Perillo & Kelly Slater. High Season is the main surf season with the waves being their best from November-April. However, there is also a mini surf season during June and July. August through October generally see the calmest/flattest conditions and are better suited for snorkeling or SUP. Bocas has waves for all skill levels, from the beginner who has never surfed before and wants to try to the charger who wants to take on the local big-wave spot, Silverbacks . We also offer a few board rentals just in case you left yours at home. If you’re a seasoned surfer, Ryan can give you advice as to what breaks are firing and how to get to them. We can call boat drivers for you and the prices are dependent upon how far away the break is. Most waves are less than 5 minutes away with the furthest being no more than 25 minutes away. Everything is pretty close to us. There are waves that are within walking distance as well. Check out www.magicseaweed.com for an up to date surf report
In front of our property is a little right point/reef break simply called “The Point”. It’s a bit tricky for beginners but those with experience will love being able to walk out their door and catch a few waves. Just up the path from us is Silverbacks (very experienced riders only) which can hold up to 20ft. A heavy wave to say the least. Bring your big gun (or a few) and a thick leash!
If you’re in the mood for a 25 min, scenic hike through the jungle, Wizard is a peaky beach break with both rights and lefts. You can also get dropped off in the water here and the trip is about 15 minutes.
A 3 minute boat ride from Bastimentos brings you to the island of Carenero and a left hand point break called “Carenero Point”. A long, barelling left over a reef/rock bottom, Carenero is more of a high performance wave and one of the most fun with multiple sections to get barrelled on. Old Mans and Black Rock are located here.
On the main island of Colon outside of Bocas Town are a few other breaks to check out. Paunch offers boths rights and lefts over a shallow reef. It can be a bit more crowded than the other spots but there is not shortage of waves. Bluff offers up a heavy close to shore beach break tube. Dumpers is a left over a coral reef with some fast and hollow sections. These waves are about 15 minutes away.
For beginners, we can put you in touch with one of the surf schools here in Bocas.
Throughout the year, we also do surf camps with noted people in the surf industry. Check our site for info on upcoming camps and age groups or get in touch to host your own!
RENTALS (Guest Rates)
short boards $20
long boards (foam top) $20
SUP $20 ($15 for under 2 hours)
The Firefly proudly supports The Surfrider Foundation.