My husband and I met while surfing in
California, so surfing is very important to us. We used to have a business before we lived in Panama that brought people from North American down to Costa Rica to go on surfing and to yoga retreats.
The surf around the Coronado, Panama area is very good. Certain times of the year, it is better than at other times, but overall, you can average getting great swells at a minimum of once a month, up to once a week.
The surf breaks in Coronado vary widely from very fast beach breaks with tube rides to point breaks where you can have a wave that lasts literally for over a minute, to gentle rolling waves that are perfect to teach beginners and kids.
The winter months are not as good for surfing. The months that are very good for surfing are April through July, where you pretty much have swells weekly. The other times of the year, you may get a swell about once a month. January through March the winds are favorable, but the swells don't occur as often.
(For those of you who are not surfers, when swells come in, there will be waves for one to four days, depending on how big the swell is.)
You don’t have to be concerned, however, that the waves will be too rough if you don’t surf or if you have children. The majority of the time, you can find a beach in or near Coronado that is perfect for families swimming together, because the surf is isolated to the surf beaches. From Malibu to Palmar, there are probably about 15 different breaks to choose from in a distance of about six miles.