For bird-watching, sportfishing and swimming with whale sharks, see to contact local tour operators.


Beginner and intermediate surfers choose to hone their skills at San Blas for its many beach and point breaks. The season starts in May, but the waves are fairly mellow until September and October when the south swell brings long rides. Surf spots include El Borrego, La Puntilla (by a river mouth south of Playa El Borrego), El Mosco (west of San Blas on Isla del Rey) and Stoner’s (further south, between San Blas and Las Islitas), which is known for having one of the longest waves in the world.