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San Carlos, Panama City, Panama
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Arizona, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I came here to check out the beach that I remember loving from my childhood and met some of the coolest people in the world at Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp. Hidden in Rio Mar is one of my favorite beaches in the world. The river runs year round into the ocean here. The water is clean and warm.... More 

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Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Ideal if you are looking for an affordable place to stay during a surf trip in Panama. Very close to the beach and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It is a surf camp (as the name says), so if you are looking for something fancy this is not the place.

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Berlin, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It doesn't very often that I use caps, but in this case it is necessary. This place is terrible. We stayed here for two nights in July and it was our worst experience in Panama. Room: dirty, worn out, overpriced. We stayed at a $35 room and got a room which wasn't cleaned properly and had a soggy, old mattress.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a couple days at Rio Mar and had a nice time. The place just got a new owner Louis and he is very kind and is giving good services. At night we ate red snapper from the grill ( louis cooked for us) and he served a delicious and simple breakfast, omelet, fruits, yoghurt. The cabins are... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We called ahead and got a $35 quote on one of the economy rooms. Room had bunk beds with a queen on the bottom, twin on the top. The place is hard to find in the dark, almost no signs from the road Rio Mar. I had to call and talk to Ortega to figure out how to get here.... More 

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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79 reviews 79 reviews
5 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I can hardly believe it's still here! First stayed in 1966 (when it seemed spanking new) when our car broke down on our way back to the States, 2 km away on the I-A Highway. Went back in 2001 with my family and it had hardly changed a bit. And from other reviews, it still seems the same! Okay, it's... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

had a night with partner back in november - rang ahead and booked a couples room. was given a price of $45 over the phone from american guy who runs bar / cafe. rocked up just on dark and in a serious rain storm - price was now $65 from manager including air con and tv. should have bailed down... More 

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San Carlos, Panama
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

this place not only has great surf,beauty,and atmosphere..it has THE best food at its new cafe.the best part its right on the premises.it provides a great way to relax without even having to leave.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

This surf camp is disgrace to surf camps. If you are beginner looking for some place to learn to surf then go anywhere else but here. While there are waves that break on a low tide, Riomar is location that's full of rocks. Not some where you take beginners. The place is run by a Panamaim who clearly has other... More 

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Southern Nevada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

I day tripped at Rio Mar Surf Hostel on several occasions in the course of my Panama trip. I surfed the point with Alan one day (on Stand Up Paddleboards) and found Alan to be a friendly and knowledgeable host-guide. Although not a five star resort, the facilities and staff are more than adequate for a surf safari.

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Address: San Carlos, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Rio Mar Surf Camp Hotel Panama City
Rio Mar Surf Camp Panama/Panama City

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