Posted On: September 30, 2014
Name: Julio Cesar de Almeida
Comments: Boa noite, Alan Barnes! Estou enviando e-mail para agradecer a hospitalidade e atenção dispensada a mim por você e o Sr. Ortega. Toda minha expectativa foi plenamente satisfeita graças a atenção e a cordialidade de vocês do RMSC. Apesar da curta temporada e do meu despreparo pude deixar acesa minha relação com o mar. Agora começa o sonho de uma temporada maior no Panamá - conhecendo também outras ondas e onde possa estar melhor preparado combinando com a entrada de swell. Apesar de no domingo ter entrado ondulação que deu para brincar o dia todo. Minha recordação de San Carlos será das melhores possível. Espero manter contato e sempre que vier ao Brasil estará convidado a passar na minha casa em Arraial do Cabo. Grande abraço, Julio Cesar.
Posted On: January 26, 2011
Name: Dominik Hell Weltzl
Comments: hey thanks for the great fotosession today
Posted On: January 05, 2011
Name: jaime noia
Comments: las olas estaban bien buenas hoy tubos redondos y verdes....
Posted On: December 18, 2010
Name: Kawai
Comments: Nice Place! We cant wait to come back again!
Posted On: October 04, 2010
Name: Julie Leiendecker
Comments: Shane and I had a great time with you guys. We will be back. If you are ever in Texas, let me know. I will be writing about you.
Posted On: March 24, 2010
Name: Gerry Parke
Comments: I stayed at Rio Mar a few years ago, definitely a unique and personalised experience. Allan is a legend, who took me on my own private surf mission, to some exclusive, out of the way spots I'd never have been lucky enough to surf otherwise. 
Read more about my time here and the rest of my Panama surf experience at
Good times.
Posted On: March 12, 2008
Name: Santiago Herrera
Comments: Excelente surf camp y buenas olas no tove queja, volveria de nuevo
Posted On: February 05, 2008
Name: Philip Crisfield
Comments: A great time. Thanks for everything. A MUST IF YOUR IN PANAMA! I'll be back.
Posted On: April 20, 2007
Name: David Houghton
Comments: My wife and two young sons 6 and 8 spent a few days at the surf camp last week. It was great, fun had by all. The easy going helpfull staff, kick back atm was great. Surf break was good both for me and the kids. We enjoyed surfing, playing in the pool, movies via satalite TV, good music, and walks on the beach. Thank you. David
Posted On: March 08, 2007
Name: Lil Scott (a.k.a. Little Bitch)
Comments: Rio Mar Surf Camp was the best way to celebrate my 16th birthday, Cant wait untill I can go back. I wont forget the flag you want to hang either. Thank for a great time.
Posted On: February 08, 2007
Name: Timo
Comments: Thanks to Alan and all the rio mar staff!!! I was there for 2 weeks and had a blast!!! Everything worked nicely and the trip to Coiba was something else!!! Coming back to Panama asap!!!!
Posted On: January 16, 2007
Name: Ancelmo McDonald
Comments: Excelente atencion, Gracias. Espero volver pronto.
Posted On: January 12, 2007
Name: Chris Ferreras
Comments: If your thinking of going to Panama, you have to visit Alan at Rio Mar. He is the coolest local in Panama, he took me to endless right hand point breaks with little or no people out. It was perfect, i stayed by him for two weeks, and we partied and surf like it was going out of style. I've travel a lot in Central and South America and i am going back to vist Rio Mar agian. See ya soon, Alan!!!!!
Posted On: January 07, 2007
Name: Steve Fisher
Comments: Thanks to Alan and staff at RMSC! A beautiful location just steps from the waves and the pristine black sand beach. The food and staff were all awsome and the room was perfect, a definite bargain for the quality. I´ll be back!
Posted On: January 06, 2007
Name: Hannah Hardaway
Comments: hey alan-
so sorry that i have not signed this sooner... had a blast hanging out in panama--want to come back down and bring my surfer girl crew next time! been skiing a ton, wyoming is VERY cold right now... hard to even imagine anywhere warm. thrash some waves for me and i will ski some powder on your behalf :-) hope things are well.
thanks again... especially for our day on the tugboat and shakira!!! take care, hannah :-)
Posted On: November 11, 2006
Name: Margarida
Comments: Hacer CAPOEIRA en la Playa es lo MEJOR!!! MUCHAS GRACIAS a Rio Mar Surf Camp por acojernos TAAAN BIEN!!! Estupenda gente, buena comida, buena musica y todas las facilidades! Espero regresar pronto!!!! 
Posted On: May 11, 2006
Name: John
Comments: Hey Alan,
Thanks for introducing us to surfing. We had a great stay out at RioMar. I can't wait to get back out in the ocean for some more waves.
Posted On: December 20, 2005
Name: Jonathan & Caitrina
Comments: Hey Alan, thanks for a good time and turning us on to RioMar and surrounding areas. See you in April.
Posted On: August 14, 2005
Name: charles castle
Comments: es bien cool todo el lugar y las facilidades que tiene para recreacion
Posted On: June 02, 2005
Name: Matt Gillard and Colleen Toomey
Comments: We stayed at Rio Mar Surf Camp in March and absolutely loved it. Met so many other wonderful travelers. Alan, the owner, couldn't have been nicer and made us all feel at home. Some of our best memories in Panama are from lounging at Rio Mar. The acomodations were comfortable - tons of hammocks everywhere and clean little pool. Stacy and Chris if you see this look us up when you are in Newburyport!
Posted On: May 25, 2005
Name: roxy
Comments: manso surf camp y un trip de personal!!!
excelente, de mi parte estaran siempre publicados !
paz y mucha conciencia
Posted On: May 11, 2005
Name: Leonard Green
Comments: Alan, do you know who I might contact in Panama about buying a property in Rio Mar? Thanks for being such a good host during our stay at the camp at the end of April. I'll try to send some business your way. Len Green
Posted On: May 11, 2005
Name: Leonard Green
Comments: Thanks, Alan, for a great time at the suf camp. I just want to let anyone who checks the guestbook know that you were very helpful. The longboard I rented from you worked just fine. In fact, I'm thinking of getting one made for me. Your advice about other surf spots was useful. I enthusiastically recommend the camp.
Posted On: December 31, 2004
Name: el chino
Comments: ey saludos alan que el proximo año traigas mas demensias pa el surf camp y me alegro que poco a poco vayas creciendo saludos 
surf or death
Posted On: December 17, 2004
Name: gail burchard
Comments: I haven't forgotten you and your wonderful hospitality. I'm sending a couple of women friends your way -- Barbara Roettger and her partner, Jackie. Both good surfers!!!! Hope you're well Alan and family, best wishes... gail
Posted On: October 19, 2004
Name: Darren
Comments: Riomar Surf Camp is an awesome camp. Alan has everything that you need right there at the camp. One of the best waves in the area is right out front and theres a ton of other great waves in the surronding area. The locals are cool and laid back and the city is only an hour drive away. A great surf vacation if thats what your looking for. There are waves almost every day.
Posted On: September 28, 2004
Name: Brian Pierce
Comments: just want to say i had an great weekend thank you and the surfers i meet where cool well laters i be back some time in october let you know
Posted On: August 14, 2004  
Name: Mark W. Hafen, esq.
 Comments: Thanks for the daily cam. Its great to see the surf everyday in Panama. Mark
Posted On: August 04, 2004
Name: Juan Rangel & Cristel Cal de Rangel
Comments: Bueno, la verdad Allan, te felicito por este Surf Camp ya que las instalaciones son excelentes, el servicio Espectacular, Gracias a Salvatore y Mario los cuales se portaron muy bien. Puedo asegurar que en poco tiempo estare de regreso Fueron 3 dias fantasticos para mi y mi esposa la cual quedo fascinada con el lugar. Gracias por todo.
Posted On: July 26, 2004
Name: James Hill
Comments: This place is Awesome! The rates are reasonable, and the service is excellent. Allen, the owner, is a great guy who will do anything for you. The surfing is really good as well. you should surf here!
Posted On: May 23, 2004
Name: Stash and Lise
Comments: Close to great breaks, laid-back atmosphere and beautiful beaches make RMSC our favorite place to stay when surfing in Panama. Two thumbs up!
Posted On: April 02, 2004
Name: Tony Roberts
Comments: Waves, skating, reggae music....friends, family....todo bien en RioMar!!!!
Posted On: February 27, 2004
Name: Ben Davis
Comments: Rio Mar Surf Camp is paradise!!! good waves, good vibes, great food and even better people. Can't wait to come down and see ya'll again.
Posted On: February 20, 2004
Name: Michelle
Comments: Me parece un buen lugar, es fantastico, fui casi todos los fines de semana del año pasado....ojala y pueda volver a ir....los felicito!
Posted On: December 23, 2003
Name: Tony Brasileiro
Comments: Allan,
Sorry I´m late but I wanted to drop by and say I had a perfect time at Rio Mar. Good waves, beautiful scenery, and cool loving people around. Take good care of my board there.
A big hug to all of you checking ouyt the place.
Posted On: December 01, 2003
Posted On: November 09, 2003
Email: Jorgete07@hotmail .com
Comments: Este ha sido con diferencia el mejor surf-camp de PANAMA.Lo tiene todo ,buen ambiente ,buenas instalaciones ,buena gente y muy buenas olas ,no se puede pedir mas.Ahora mismo nos encontramos en Suiza trabajando y desde aqui queremos dar un fuerte abrazo a toda la familia de Riomar surfcamp que fuisteis para nosotros de verdad como una familia, nos veremos.
Posted On: October 29, 2003
Name: Terje and Rachel
Comments: Hi! We are a married couple from Norway who had a great time at Allans place three weeks in June 2003, sorry we haven't written here earlier! Anyway, we can recommend this camp to everyone, even if you surf or not (my wife does not!). It is a perfect place to hang out, meet people from all over and generally take it easy (we loved the satelite tv with surround sound!). Well, now we are back in Norway waiting for the powder snow!! Greetings to host Allan and very nice helper Mario!!
Posted On: September 18, 2003
Name: Bart Olanda
Comments: what a place: had a great stay though not much luck in the swell dept., but Alan made sure we were well taken care off: great food, great rooms and lots of fun. Good selection of boards for rent. Close to the surf break. Ask Alan to cook his special Snapper. greetings to Mario, Todo.
Posted On: September 16, 2003
Name: William M. Welloso
Comments: Gostei muito do surfcamp, para mim foi a melhor estadia da trip. Achei as acomodações boas, o local muito bom. Como sugestão acho que poderia promover nos finais de semana uma competição entre os hospedes, de surf, futebol, frescobol, etc... O astral do camp é muito bom. Um abraço e continue assim.
Posted On: September 15, 2003
Name: Karla Martinez
Comments: HI, I was there with my cousin, Ricaurte (Caliber 57) this weekend and had a great time!! Thank you for such wonderful service! Keep it up!!! See you next year.
Posted On: April 21, 2003
Name: Glen Silver
Comments: Rio Mar Surf Camp is a great place to kick off your Panama Surf adventure.The camp is located only a short drive from the airport.Once @ the camp I found the facilities to be clean and comfortable.Alan the owner is most accommadating.The people that your bound to meet if you come to this camp are some of the best surfers and skaters in the country.Also super cool and welcoming.Lot's of talent both female and male.The skate ramp needs to be fixed but it's still fun.There is 2 spots in front of the camp for surfing with a long beach.One is excellent for swimming and learning to surf.The other is the point which is a quality right hander that's quite rippable.Needs a good swell to show it's teeth I think but fun whenever it's breaking! Over all I found the camp to be a great experience with the middle of the week being my favorite time to hang out. NO CROWDS. Drop me a line if you have any questions.
Posted On: March 17, 2003
Name: DJ Hoffman
Comments: I was fortunate enough to be stationed in Panama in the early 70's and early 80's. I consistently surfed Rio Mar on the weekends. There were very few weekends when there were no waves. Even when it was flat the incoming tide usually produced small sand bar waves. I return to Panama every 2 years being that my wife is from La Chorrera. It's not only the waves but the total atmosphere of Rio Mar is so intoxicating. Being career military I have been all over the world but some of the best experiences of my life were at Rio Mar. DJH
Posted On: March 08, 2003
Name: gail burchard
Comments: Just want to thank Mario and Alan for the wonderful stay I had at Rio Mar last week. The hospitality offered was outstanding and made me feel very much at home. I totally recommend staying at the Surf Camp, if you do or don't surf. It's great!!! Close to a most beautiful beach, facility is clean, great sound system, use of the kitchen or sweet little guest rooms, with baths....all an exceptional value!!!! Looking forward to another trip in the future. gail
Posted On: December 08, 2002
Name: Chuck
Comments: I grew up surfing in Panama in the early 70's and 80's. It was a great place to be introduced to surfing and the lifestyle. I still continue to surf around the world. I'll return soon so remember my name. Aloha
Posted On: September 08, 2002
Name: Alejandro Ponferrada
Comments: Hola pelaos, les escribimos para agradecerles el increible surfari que nos organizaron. El surf camp es optimo estuvimos muy bien acomodados en las cabanas con su bano privado y hasta el lujo del aire acondicionado por un precio muy bueno .Mario (el cuidador) es un grande y siempre estaba dispuesto a ayudar con la mejor sonrisa y buena onda. El surf camp esta super bien ubicado cerca de uno de los points mas activos de la zona (riomar point) donde tira una derecha de buen nivel y a donde se llega caminando por una playa increible (con marea baja). Allan (su dueno) is not only a great surfer but also a great guy who is behind you for to cover your needs. Nosotros teniamos muy poco tiempo asi que contratamos un surf guide que fue lo maximo su nombre: el Vampiro. El men es uno de los mejores surfistas de la region y es conocido por todos los locales que lo respetan por su buena onda y su mejor nivel de surf.  En pocas palabras we had a blast.
Thanks guys we will certainly call again for another Panamanian surf adventure. Un abrazo de 
Blas y Alejandro Rodriguez Ponferrada
Posted On: August 11, 2002
Name: Alan Baker
Comments: hey Alan...hope all is well down there. Thanks for taking care of us. Had a great time and some great laughs. too bad about the camera-daughter-sand incident....I miss those daily surf checks
Posted On: May 07, 2002
Name: maximo pitti II
Comments: Es algo muy novedoso para nosotros los surfistas de alma el conocer una vista diaria de las olas en las playas de panama,aunque no estemos alli. Facilitarnos tomar una decisión desisiva para cuando vamos a correr en una verdadera playa con el poder de una ola comparada con Bocas del Toro. Muy Cool todo por todo tu Surf Camp no tiene nada que envidiarle a nadie. Bien por ti sigue adelante la mejor de las suertes para el futuro.
Posted On: December 09, 2001
Name: Aldo
Comments: Just spent 8 days at Rio Mar Surf camp and had a great time. Summer was just starting and it was dry and had an offshore wind. Swell was small but ridable then got bigger and bigger!, nice variety of breaks within 30 minutes of the camp. Good river mouth beach break(R and L) and nice shallow rocky point break too a 5-10 minute walk from the camp (Right mostly). Rooms are small and simple, but clean. About a 5 minute walk to the beach
Alan the owner is a good guy and a good long boarder too! The camp has a few decnt boards to rent. Mostly fun board length and a couple of lon boards too. I used the Erie Peel 9-0 and enjoyed it. Sorry about the nose bash Alan...I had a great time and look forward to going again!
Posted On: October 18, 2001
Name: vincent barbeau
Email: vincentbarbeau hotmail
Comments: je viens de passer une semaine dans le camp, et je peux dire que c est bien cool, que les vagues ont l air de le faire, et que le logement est vraiment cool. merci Alam et Felix pour le bon temps ici
Posted On: June 23, 2001
Posted On: June 07, 2001
Name: MIguel Angel
Comments: What's up, Alan
I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us. Are last night would of been hell if it wasn't for your great hospitality.
Miguel Angel Morales
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