OUR STORY2017-06-10T20:16:44+00:00


To delight our guests with excellent service, in a beautiful natural setting with exciting activities for the whole family, resulting in a unique & memorable experience.

We are an ocean front hotel in Santa Catalina Panama, founded by Kenny Myers, a Panamanian-American surfer and artist. Kenny originally purchased the Hotel Santa Catalina site in 1981, where he would spend much of his time surfing, painting, and creating works of art and making necklaces of puka shells found on the beaches of Santa Catalina.

Since its discovery in 1974, for many years, the Santa Catalina surf break was a secret, only surfed by a select group of Panamanian friends, who had made a sacred pact to keep it a secret. Kenny and his friends enjoyed the empty virgin tubes of the legendary Santa Catalina point break for years, until the secret got out, and the first Santa Catalina surf camp opened its’ doors to the public in the mid 1990’s.

Since then, several small hotels and hostels in Santa Catalina have welcomed travelers, surfers, divers, and fishermen to the warm waters of Santa Catalina in the Republic of Panama.

Our Vision

To showcase the true spirit of Panama as a destination of nature & adventure combined with total comfort.

Our Values

  • Service: 100% Commitment to Excellent Customer Service.

  • Attitude: Greatful and thankful to our guests always.

  • Teamwork: Working together as a team, we all achieve more.

  • Respect: Utmost respect to all our guests & team.

  • Leadership: Leaders in our industry, and in our community.

  • Communication: Open communication with our guests and team.

  • Integrity: Honesty in everything we do.


Our goal is to preserve nature with low impact, while offering a highly comfortable experience for our guests.

Kennys Surf Camp originally catered mainly to the Panamanian surf community, and later, in 2009 we tore down the old house, re-designed and in 2010 we re-constructed the new Hotel Santa Catalina, focusing on the use of all natural sustainable materials, including stone, slate rock, natural clay tile, and several tropical hardwoods, which give the hotel a very unique look and feel.

We have put a lot of thought into the details of our hotel, with personal touches to everything from our wood craftsman hand made teak hardwood beds and furniture, to our extremely comfortable memory foam beds, interesting indirect lighting, and use of non-toxic natural wood sealers. Our doors and furniture is made of eco-friendly reforested teak hardwoods.

Our “Pescao” restaurant serves healthy hearty meals with many of the ingredients grown right here in our own organic gardens, and our sea food is caught daily by local fishermen in our neighborhood.


Our natural environment is an extremely valuable resource, and one of our goals is to enable our customers to experience living in a natural environment, surrounded by all natural elements, while being totally comfortable and safe!

We welcome you to come visit us in the beautiful Santa Catalina, Panama.

Happy Travels.

Kenny Myers

Owner / Operator, Hotel Santa Catalina Panama