Bocas del Toro is a surfers paradise. About one kilometer from our accommodations, the asphalt disappears and the road and beach become indistinguishable. The waves are huge and the water is warm and clear. There was a national competition on the Sunday so there were lots of people travelling the road by bike, ATV, motorcycle, taxi, SUV or on foot. The restaurant we stopped at had fantastic art wherever and with whatever they have.
When we first arrived, there was a kids surfing lesson about to start. While Bocas is a welcoming town to surfers and other tourists, the sport is largely inaccessible to locals. A surf board can cost upwards of 450$, an unjustifiable expense for most. This group running the course was donating surfboards to local kids so they could also get involved. Watching the kids battle the large waves with ease, they are absolutely better than I would ever be.