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Playa Serena break guidePhoto by: jerome D

Playa Serena Surf Guide

Playa Serena in Golfo de Panama is a quite exposed point break that has pretty consitent surf Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Rocks are a hazard.

Playa Serena Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Serena:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa Serena occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Playa Serena (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Serena with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 100% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa Serena Location Map

Interactive Playa Serena surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Playa Serena is Howard Afb Airport (HOW) in Panama, which is 54 km (34 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Serena is Marcos A Gelabert International (Panama) Airport (PAC), also in Panama, 62 km (39 miles) away.

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Playa Serena Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 4 February 2023, 10:35 Local Time
Saturday 04
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 15 14 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Playa Serena

Surf stats for Playa Serena, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Playa Serena

Wind stats for Playa Serena, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Playa Serena Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Juan C. Vallarino from Panama
“I've surfed Playa Serena for over 30 years and I have to say to be more accurate (ed.)...

1. Playa Serena does not do well with northern or northwesterly winds...
2. When the conditions are right, it is probably the best wave in the Bay of Panama so I would give it 4 stars at least with a good swell.
3. Serena has three sections, the first one is very hollow and can be very challenging. It feeds directly into a bunch of rocks so you have to be careful. The second section still has power and might get a little hollow but is smaller in size, and then finally the third section is very easy, ideal for beginners or long boarding.
4. Serena is probably the most crowded break in the Bay of Panama because of its easy access and because it is in the most developed beach town in Panama, called Coronado.
5. As for consistency, I would give it 2 stars at most given that the conditions really need to be right for this break to work well. For instance, between November and April, it will be highly unlikely to find good surf at Serena. From May to October you need low, low tides and little wind with a strong swell to find great surf here.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef and point
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef and point
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon river  redRiver
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

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