From their website:
Santa Catalina is a small beach-side town located on the pacific coast of Panama, about a 5-hour-drive from Panama City. It is easily accessible by bus, going through Soná, the next big town about an hour away from Catalina. It only has around 300 residents, but a fast growing expat community that has discovered its great potential and value as a surfertown with good vibes.
It has two main beaches, El Estero, the surfbeach with great waves especially for beginners, and a small town beach, where the boats leave every morning to Coiba or to go fishing. Coiba National Park is a marine reserve, consisting of 38 islands covering 430.825 acres. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and due to its natural diversity it is known all over the world as one of the most beautiful marine environments for diving and snorkeling in Central America.
Various dive, snorkel and kayak companies in Santa Catalina run day- and multiday trips to Coiba to explore the wildlife and underwaterworld of the panamanian pacific. Another activity in the water that Santa Catalina is very popular for is surfing. La Punta, the point, is a world-class and very consistant righthanded reefbreak between the two beaches that attracts great amounts of passioned surfers every year.
Although it is a rather quiet area, with a slow and relaxed lifestyle, you will find a lot of things do to do. Magnificant landscapes, hidden waterfalls and refreshing rivers make you forget your worries and the busy citylife.
Welcome to Santa Catalina! Our hostel is a perfect spot to relax, enjoy great vibes, the beach and good surf, escape from the busy life in the city or recover from a lasting Bocas-del-Toro-hangover. In our great common area in the hostel with hammocks, sofas and a pool you can meet other travellers or just enjoy a good book. We have a huge kitchen that can be used by everyone and that has everything you need and enough space for community cooking.
At night we open the hostel bar where you can enjoy a cold beer, fancy cocktails and some reggae tunes, or, if you prefer the quiet, you can watch the sunset from the sofas on our wooden deck upstairs. For those who need action during the day there is great surfing, diving, snorkeling, yoga, fishing and stand-up-paddling. You can do a small hike up a hill, where you have a great view of the town and the ocean or do horseback-riding along the beaches and through the streets.
As Santa Catalina is a very small and rather quiet town, there is no clubs to go out at night. Nevertheless, due to the fact that there is a lot of fishermen going out fishing everyday, there are a lot of cool restaurants with delicious food – sea food, veggie, even vegan, everything you need.
The only thing you need to think about is bringing enough cash for your stay here as there is no ATM in town.