Veraguas
Best months:
March to October

Veraguas

Panama
LAST UPDATED 30/04/2009
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introduction

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Nepenthes; Provincia of Veraguas in Panamá; Oct 2006

Veraguas is a province of Panama, located on the western coast of the country south east of Chiriqui. It's capital and largest city is Santiago de Veraguas. This area is one of the oldest settlements in Panama.

surfing

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Travis Thurston; Balsa Surfboard, Oct 2007

Sitting just north of the Equator and with a clear view of both the North and South Pacific, the coastline around here is in prime position to receive energy from the two most powerful and consistent swell trains on the planet. Having a reliable north and south facing surf coast further adds to the amazing construction of the region.

Being so close to the equator, the winds here are generally light or non exstent for much of the year so it can get a little humid but the possibility of day long sessions at any time of the year is almost to good to be true.

There has to be something wrong with this place and there is. crowds, surfcamps, surfers with ugly attitudes. It's worth taking a surf tour for at least part of your stay here to give yourself the best shot of experiencing something a little less known, not quite as perfect but all yours.

travel

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Iijjccoo; Traveling in remote places; 1989

You can rent a car and get around quite easily. Just be careful, as road engineering standards are fairly low.

The roughly linear shape of the country makes it ideal for a bus system, so you don't even need to rent a car (only if you want to get to some remote areas). There are two different types of buses: city buses and highway buses. The ones you will find on the highways are pretty frequent and usually air-conditioned. To stop the bus you should give a sign with your hand and when you want to get off, yell "PARADA!". Buses are not expensive and will take you pretty much everywhere.

City buses are crowded and often have no air conditioner, so taxi can be a better option, especially because they are not expensive at all and they can take you way out into the country. Just note that if you plan to take a taxi from Tocumen airport to Panama City, better share it with other passengers, as this particular ride will be much more expensive.

where to stay

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Dan Kamminga; Tents; Oct 2005

There are plenty of accommodation choices in Veraguas to suit all budgets. The capital city of Santiago de Veraguas will obviously have the widest range of choice but more suitable choices with better rates can often be found nearer to the more popular surf spots. There are also surf camps up and running around Panama.

what to pack

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ExNihilo; Cameras; March 2007

The province features a variety of climates. Lowland areas are hot and humid, while highlands are cool. So pack accordingly. Bring your own toilet paper and anti-septic hand-shower stuff.

Raincoat and rubberboots with light, long trousers if you plan bushwalking. Waterproof bag will be great for the rainy season.  
You won't regret swimming & snorkelling gear and a quick drying towel! And take films and memory cards with you  (can be hard to find and expensive). Little swiss knife and a good torch will be useful. Anti-malaria drugs (Aralen) and all the medicines you use on a daily basis.

Bring plenty of memory for digital cameras and bring plenty of batteries. And take a good protection for your camera from the sand.  

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