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Topic: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

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Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« on: January 08 2006 19:01:00 »

I 22 years old and planning a trip with 2 of my friends to Panama.  This will be my first surf trip out of the US.  I am tryin to research some places to stay around Santa Catalina close to the beaches.  I have found two or three places already. If anybody would be kind enough to let me know any decent places you stayed  in the past along with any contact information and commets, I would greatly appreciate it.

And is there a age restriction to rent a car.  For example in some US states you need to be 25?



RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #1 on: January 29 2006 14:01:00 »

yeah, i've just come from there, stay at oasis surf camp, its awesome. italian owner David makes a mean pasta. cabins with three beds are $25, or camp for $5...$4 with own tent. right onbeach front, walk to both surf breaks and little beach break out front. 3 meals a day for $11 is optional. i think they have a website, or stay at Rolos cabanas...never stayed there, my mate did he said it was cool, and rolos a cool guy too.



RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #2 on: February 19 2006 21:02:00 »

when are you going to panama?



RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #3 on: February 20 2006 18:02:00 »

April 15-22


Jose Crespo

RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #4 on: February 22 2006 05:02:00 »

Hola, in front of the main wave is located Punta Brava Lodge, a/c, refrierator, private bathroom and starting april, rooms with hot water, dvd, direct tv and refrigerator.  

Regarding rental cars, the age is 21.  A lot of us frachises as Thifty, National, herts, avis, etc.

We specialize on outer islads surf tours.
Mahalo, Jose



RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #5 on: February 22 2006 09:02:00 »

I stayed in Punta Brava Lodge. Great people, very friendly, also a boat to rent available to search for other spots.
Good rooms, community kitchen, tv, dvds and more.
Jose, the owner is a great person, you will feel at home there.  Just in front of the peak.
Good luck


Orlando Gomez

RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #6 on: February 14 2007 06:02:00 »

You can think big and ahead and buy your own place in Catalina.  You can by my place.
Go to:
I will let you camp out for a small fee.
You will be so close to the break, it`s insane.
Feel free to contact me anytime: Orlando (507) 6656-7093
To rent a car you will need a valid Passport, Credit Card,
Drivers Licence.  For age limit, contact: Thrifty at or National Renta a Car at



RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #7 on: August 10 2007 04:08:00 »

We stayed at the Oasis and loved it.  It was right on the the beach, but further from town.  There are a log of good options though.  

Best resource on the Internet is  Very thorough with links to the websites of most of the lodging in Santa Catalina


Chris Gallager

RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #8 on: November 21 2008 15:11:00 »

The Oasis Surf Camp is good, and the Italian owner David is super cool and a great cook, but if you a a hardcore surfer, its kind of inconvenient because Oasis is on the Estero beach break which is like a 15 minute walk to the point break.  The Punta Brava Resort hotel is right on the point break, but that hotel is super sketchy. The owner, Jose Crespo, has some land conflict with the neighbor who is the son of the President of Panama, so they are constantly yelling across the fence... it was super uncomfortable to be in that scene.  Also the locals hate Jose Crespo so they hassle all of Punta Brava Resorts guests in the lineup.



RE: Places to Stay in Santa Catalina

« Reply #9 on: December 02 2008 14:12:00 »

Are there good anchorages nearby? I'm going to be crewing on a sailboat coming up the coast and I'm going to need to trick the cap'n into stopping off near some good surf.

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