A few weeks ago we spent a week in Bocas del Toro. I had a great time in Bocas del Toro, but one of the things that I was disappointed in was the surfing. There seems to only be a couple places to rent boards and then you have to get a water taxi to one of the other Islands or get dropped off in the water at one of the reef breaks. Most of the good places to surf are reef breaks and not for beginners. I am pretty new to surfing and quickly learned that a reef break is created from a coral reef or rock, that causes a wave to break, forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses. Usually the water where the wave crashes is very shallow and is dangerous even if you are experienced in surfing in these conditions.
Luckily while I was at Wizard beach the guy next to us had a surf board and let me take it for a ride. It was very tricky surfing at Wizard because the waves kept shifting and the sand bars kept moving. Getting out past the break was extremely hard and the water was very choppy making the waves very difficult to judge and ride. I also had a chance to surf a Red frog beach which had a bit smaller waves, but they were pretty small and closed out pretty fast.
Overall I think Bocas del Toro could be a good place to surf if you are advanced and don’t mind being dropped off in the water at a reef break. The other thing you need to know is that you have to make sure the boat to picks you back up or you might be left in the water. We did see people walking to the reef break on Caranera island, but it was a bit of a walk.