.....I'll add something that I should have read before I went: www.kitesurfpanama.com/
It appears that I drove right past the prime spot, and when I saw the other beaches nearby
it was at high tide and it did not look very appealing. Some places like Cabarete have very
little tide, so only the wind is a consideration.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jim cancil" <wetstuff@...> wrote:
> I went down on business - there's some great prospects there within a growing
> and a fairly stable situaton. You'll not find the quality of product for export compared
> China but if you wanted to get in on tourism or retirement, there's some obvious
> I checked out the close-in beaches - within a couple of hours of Panama: Rio Mar,
> Coronado and Santa Clara. None would be on my list. The trend is to make them
> limited access or as in Santa Clara - a weekend beach spot for lots of locals. The
> are slopy with closeuots and it appears the dry season winds may be mostly side-off.
> About 5 hours away is the BEAUTIFUL Pacific coast. On the drive, the winds were about
> 15kts over land, but went flat when we got to the ocean. Plenty of breaks for regular
> surfing and one beach - Playa Venado - looked perfect to live out the rest of your surf
> Compared to DR, Panama appears totally pristine.
> Plane tickets are expensive, car rentals not cheap but it's a great place without 'that
> feeling' you get in some under-developed countries. I'd go back to Cabarete if I wanted
> kite spot.