In the past few years, Bocas has garnered a lot of attention as an international surfing destination. The best waves hit between December and March, and there are many excellent and varied surfing spots in the area. Although none is within walking distance of Bocas, the town remains the best base for catching taxis or water-taxis to your wave of choice.
The main hot spots include Carenero, off the northeastern tip of Isla Carenero; Dumpers, Paunch and Bluff, on the eastern side of Isla Colón; Red Frog Beach, on Bastimentos; and Silverbacks, between Bastimentos and Carenero. Most break over reef, some of which is fire coral, so wear booties or be careful.