Tree Bungalow Left

Tree Cabin

Tree Bungalow Right

Surf Break at Paunch is located at Paunch Beach on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We have four beautiful cabin-style roomswith amazing tree house like views. Here you can wake up to the sounds of Howler Monkeys and tropical birds and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean from the nearby surf.

When you visit us, not only are you visiting an amazing tropical paradise with tons of unique wildlife, beautiful plants and landscapes, but also an epic surf spot right at our front door…with more amazing beaches and surf spots just a short walk, bike or boat ride away!

If you’re ready to start planning your amazing vacation to Bocas, go to our Stay With Us section to view more information and photos for each room, check availability and request a reservation now!

We do ask that all guests considering visiting us please take the time to read the entire Read Me section and Policies page…because while we absolutely love Bocas del Toro, it’s not for everyone.

We hope to see you soon!


  • star rating  These might have been the best tacos I have had in my life (I ordered the chorizo one). Its a bit off the beaten path, but so so worth... read more

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    August 10, 2018

    star rating  We stayed at Surfbreak at Paunch for 4 nights and it was fabulous. The rooms are incredibly nice with great views and the morning breakfast included fruit, smoothies and some... read more

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    December 2, 2018

    star rating  In few words... one of a kind! The location, the rooms, the food and more importantly... the hospitality of the owners! Words can’t describe how good they make you feel...... read more

    avatar thumb André Á
    June 9, 2018
  • star rating  I spent two nights here staying in the adorable Tree Cabin. It was super clean and comfortable. I loved the sitting area on the covered porch. The... read more

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    March 7, 2019

    star rating  My boyfriend and I stayed for four night at Surf Break @ Paunch and we absolutely loved our time there! Dave is a wonderful host, super cool and hospitable. He... read more

    448jacquelyng
    February 28, 2020

    star rating  Our stay was incredible and we would recommend this spot to anyone who is looking for a great location outside of the business of town! We were immersed in nature,... read more

    ernieblack
    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon and had a fantastic time.

    David and his team did an excellent job of making us feel welcome and safe... read more

    854lexd
    February 18, 2020

    star rating  I stayed at Surf Break @ Paunch with my husband a few weeks ago when we were vacationing in Panama and it was wonderful! The rooms are cute and the... read more

    michellebZ5377FX
    January 30, 2020

    star rating  My husband and I stayed at Surfbreak for 5 nights. Alli and David are personable, friendly, and welcoming. From the moment we arrived, we felt like their lifelong friends! Our... read more

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    November 23, 2018
  • star rating  Loved our time at Surf Break at Paunch - the hosts David and Alli were super friendly and helpful. Greeted us from the beginning, gave us tips for the islands,... read more

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    November 29, 2018

    star rating  Stayed here for 2 nights of the 7 we were in bocas. Thought it was great, friendly owners were really helpful, always contactable via WhatsApp is how ordered breakfast... read more

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    May 6, 2019

    star rating  David and Allison have the most awesome location and amazing hospitality and food!! The tacos were awesome as well as the libations!! The Bloody Mary bar was terrific. Leah Murray... read more

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    July 7, 2018