Lost in Panama: Surf CampAdventure Travel, Cabins & Camping, Fitness & Workouts, Lost Girls, Panama — By Amanda P on September 5, 2009 at 11:50 am
Oasis Surf Camp is just a collection of wooden cabins and a thatched-roof dining hall built on a black-sand beach. To leave, you have to wade through a river that runs into the ocean, and walk for 15-minutes to the town. In Santa Catalina, there’s no internet cafe (that’s another 20 minute walk-if the electricity hasn’t gone out because of the rains). There’s no bank or ATMs, and they don’t take credit cards, so you have to come here with cash. There’s also no cell phone towers, and only one working pay phone.
We spent our first day sharing a foam surfboard to practice riding the waves for the first time since ending our yearlong trip together at surf camp in Australia. At Oasis, we could rent boards for $15 a day, run on the (nearly) deserted beach, and then read in a hammock when the afternoon rains came. At night, we shared a $10 bottle of wine over a dinner of pasta and lagostinas (shrimp) cooked by the Italian owners. We lingered over our feast, talking to our new friends Paul and Itzel about how to get to Isle Coiba to dive, an island known for sharks.
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