FAQs: WSSM Panama Surf Retreat 2021
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Where do I fly into?
Panama City, Panama (Airport code: PTY) Tocumen Intl
When I land, what next?
You'll take a free shuttle to our meet-up location (Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino, Tocumen), and relax while we await the arrival of other guests. This hotel has several restaurants, bars, a casino, lounge areas, pool and much more available for you to unwind in and enjoy. There will be a designated WSSM room for you to store your boards and luggage while we await our scheduled departure (see below for retreat arrival/departure schedules).
When should I arrive and depart?
Because we are headed to an extremely remote location, many many hours from Panama City AND working around tidal access to the camp (only available at high tide) it is IMPERATIVE that you arrive well before our scheduled departure times, in case of flight delays, etc.
IF YOU ARRIVE THE DAY BEFORE (or many hours before) our scheduled departure from Panama City, we recommend booking a room at the (Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino, Tocumen -- we will be there also), where you will have ample time to unwind and relax before the journey begins, avoiding jetlag. This safe and beautiful hotel offers 24/7 free shuttle service to the Panama CIty airport, making middle of the night flights much easier. Although we cannot guarantee it, please let us know if you would like us to help you find a roommate!
Please see the below timetable for our specific departure times.
What are the provided shuttle schedules?
ACCESS TO THE SURF CAMP IS TIDE DEPENDANT.
Please see the below timetable for each retreats specific departure & return times:
> MAY 31 - JUNE 8, 2021 RETREAT:
Departing from: Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino, Tocumen
Shuttle departure time: 11:30PM on Monday, May 31, 2021 (VERY late P.M. departure!)
Returning to/Arrival time back in Panama City Airport & Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino:
11:30PM on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (VERY late P.M. arrival!)
IMPORTANT: Please do not book your return flight prior to Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Is it ok if I come alone?
YES! Many of our guests come alone, and leave having made lifelong surf buddies! Safety is our upmost priority, which is why we provide private transportation to the surf camp, and a surf guide with you while you surf. Accommodations are shared (2 single beds per shared room unless you upgrade to a private room), so if you do decide to come alone, we'll be happy to help find you a roommate!
How many beds per shared room?
There are 2 types of Cabanas available (double/triple):
- SOLO Travelers: 2 single beds per room
- COUPLES: 1 queen bed per room
- SMALL GROUPS: 3 single beds per room
Is there A/C?
Currently, no, however, the owner is constantly upgrading the property and plans for A/C installation are definitely in the near future!! In the meantime, each room is equipped with a fan, and the ocean breezes also keep it cool-- especially at night.
I'm vegan. Can my diet be accommodated?
Yes! After receiving your booking, we will contact you for your specific diet requirements, and will do our best to accommodate them. So don't worry... Vegan diets are easily accommodated, with advance notice.
Should I bring snacks or drinks?
3 large meals with fresh juice/water per day is included at the camp, which is located on a private island. In addition, there will be a small supply of soda, juice, bottled water and local beer available for purchase at the camp, but we do recommend bringing your own preferred snacks or beverages also, as there are no restaurants, bars or ANYTHING else on the island from which to purchase them.
Please note: WSSM will be making a stop prior to arriving at camp to pick up these "essentials", and you will have time to do so also.
Are there surfboard rentals available?
Yes. There is a range from 6'7" up to longboards available at the camp, and they're available for $25 per day or $125 for weekly rentals. Please contact us to inquire about a specific board shown in the gallery, and it's availability.
Click HERE to view their current quiver