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Rio Mar Surf Camp

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United Kingdom
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Rio Mar was excellent. Fredrico was very accomodating, told us all the useful information about the area. The food was brilliant and the staff and volunteers very friendly. Would highly recommend. Beautiful location too, perfect place to relax.

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New York City, New York
Reviewed August 29, 2015

It is a charming place, but my food bill was way overpriced for what I got. The people at this place are a bit dark and unwelcoming. One of the surf instructors is dating the towel girl (not really sure what her job was, but she gave me a towel upon arrival) who can't be more than 17. Dude is...

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Arizona, United States
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....

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Miami, Florida
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
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....

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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...

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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....

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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...

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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...

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8Thank snowrider003
San Carlos, Panama
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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Address: San Carlos, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Price Range: $5 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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“We stayed in a private room that was clean and comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles daniellecX4019BO, Jul 13, 2016 | Read review
“They have economy rooms for $35 which are terrible and rooms for $50 which looked a little better, but you are still paying WAY too much for what you get. Don't do it.”
 of 5 bubbles cococol, Jul 29, 2013 | Read review
“The cheap rooms can sleep three, the "large" rooms can sleep 4.”
 of 5 bubbles ColinP173, Jan 3, 2013 | Read review
“keep away - other surf camps close”
 of 5 bubbles snowrider003, Jan 19, 2012 | Read review
“if you get one of the private rooms it has air but it really depends on what your looking for.they have backpacker rooms as well.”
 of 5 bubbles panamaj_11, Sep 15, 2011 | Read review
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