Nitro City Panama

Nitro City Surfboard at the Nitro City cable park and wake skate

Unknown to me when I got to Panama is a action sports playground for the avid, enthused or curious extreme sports fan. Welcome to NitroCity action sports resort Panama. Home to motocross, wake skating, kite surfing, and an assortment of other fun activities that can fulfil your X-Game dreams.

 Nitro City Action Sports Resort Panama

If you’ve ever watched MTV you might be familiar with a little show called Nitro Circus. The hugely popular show features supercross/motorcross champion Travis Pastrana and his crew of friends in stunt oriented adventures. He opened on the 17th of December 2011 on the tip of a peninsula about an hour and a half south west of Panama city.

Inside Nitro City Action Sports restor Panama Restaurant

 Nitro City Pool and Villas Panama

I saw the brochure for NitroCity at my hostel and was instantly amped up to go. I guess I expected a jumping X-games crowd, lots of people and things happening. The look of the place is really nice. A huge beach is out in front. The rooms look modern and clean. The restaurant, lounge area are comfortable and the bar stocked. The pool is big and has a swim up bar as well. The decor is showcasing Travis Pastrana’s gear, bikes and friends. The resort was mostly full of workers and a few other day-passers like us. All the workers were preparing for Travis to come next weekend. A lot of the activities were unavailable. However two I was interested in were available. The Jetski rental, which I had never done before, and the cable park/wake skate pool.

Nitro City Action Sports Resort Panama Jet Ski

The Jetski was pretty fun. With Izzy on the back, I was just getting use to how the thing operates but she didn’t enjoy the salt water stinging her eyes and my stumbling trying to figure out how it works. The sea was choppy so it can be harder to learn on. However I dropped her off at the shore and got a chance to really open it up. And got to go FAST! It didn’t take too long to get the hang of it after that. Driving it feels somewhere between a snowmobile and a motorcycle. Use your legs as shock absorbers and watch out for big waves.

 Nitro City cablepark, wakeskate, wakeboard

The cable park is something I had never seen before. A big pool with a cable directly down the middle about 25 feet in the air. The cable has a motorized wheel system, think a little bit like a ski lift and attached is a rope down to the water with a handlebar on the end. It whizzes you down from end to end, around buoys and setup on one side is a ramp and the other is a box. The board is not a wakeboard but a wakeskate. There are no bindings but a grip tape to keep the board on your feet. It took me a while to get the hang of it but as soon as I did, I bailed kinda hard and hit my shin off the edge of the board. I had to walk it off but it was just a little too sore to get back in the water. But none the less, I don’t know anywhere else you can try something like this and it was worth it.

 Nitro City cable park, wipe out, bailing, wakeboard, wake skate

 Nitro City cable park, wakeskate, wakeboarding

Downside to Nitro City Panama

– In one word. EXPENSIVE. In two, VERY EXPENSIVE. I know these are not cheap activities to operate however the costs are really much too high for the average person to enjoy. One night at the NitroCity resort is a minimum of $260/night but can go up to $420/night for the “Pro” suits. You can check their website for room rates. However they do not post the cost of the sports. So here they are:

Day pass: $30USD which gives you access to the pool, gym, skate park, beach volley ball and soccer.

Nitro City Water Menu:

Wake boat trip – $100 – Full day – Min 4 people

Wakeboard/wake skate cable park – $25 – 1 hour – Max 6 people

Kite surf lessons – $145 – 2 hours – 1 person

Kite group lessons – $199 – 2 People

Kite gear rental – $120 – 1 day or $75 – half day

Kite surf course – $420 (6 hours) – 1 person

Donut tube – $40 – 15 mins – 2 person max

Standup paddle board lake – $15 – 30mins

Stadup paddle board ocean – $25 – 1 hour

Scuba mini course – $45 -1 hour

Scuba tour (at bona island) – $120 per diver – 4 hours (including transportation) – 4 person minimum

Bottom Fishing (front island) $45 – 2 hours – 6 person minimum

On-shore fishing – $25 – 2 hours

Jetski rental – $50 – 30mins + $15 for a second person


Nitro City Land Menu:

MX Motorcross Rental – $125 (4 hours) or $20 for track access with your own motocross bike

Pit bikes (mini bikes) – $25 – 15mins

ATV – Beach rides – $75 + $15 for passenger

Mountain Bikes – $5 – 1 hour

Skateboard rental – $20 full day

 Nitro City Action Sports Resort Beach

I would go back to Nitro City with a bigger group of friends and a bigger wallet.I really like adventure and activities while travelling. There’s isn’t a option on that list I wouldn’t like doing. So it’s not that the activities aren’t worth trying they are just out of range for most travelers budgets.

Nitro City Bar and Nitro Circus Crew

8 Responses to Nitro City Panama

  1. Nice farmer tan/burn. Sounds like you had some fun but the costs sure are large. I hope the shin is better and you took out health insurance. Got to say I laughed pretty hard about the having to walk it off line.

    Ron December 9, 2012 at 10:59 am Reply
    • It’s better now, though the impact on my legs is lingering. Every tourist in Panama gets 30 days of free health insurance so I can find more crazy things to do!

      Shaun December 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm Reply
  2. Cool, I didn’t have idea Panama is such a cool and fun place! Especially for all the extreme water sports fans! Really great! I’m so jealous that you are in Panama while I’m in cold Poland with a meter of snow! Enjoy!

    My Travel Affairs December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm Reply
    • I’ll be back in Canada soon with the same kind of weather. It’s been so fun here, I haven’t left yet and I already can’t wait to come back.

      Shaun December 11, 2012 at 3:47 am Reply
  3. I like your site, it is well organized..

    Great to meet you and Isabelle!!!

    I like how you presented Nitro City I have their 3 times and did not know all of that was available, of Course I think I was in the Pool or the Bar or Both???

    Joseph Camdon Wilmoth December 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Hah! Probably mostly at the bar like the rest of us!

      Thanks Joe, it was great meeting you too. Totally changed our Panama itinerary for the better! We had such a good time.

      Shaun December 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm Reply
  4. Oh my gosh! I had no idea this existed. I am such a wimp but still like to try some things. This looks awesome!!

    Abby December 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm Reply
    • Thanks Abby. I really didn’t know either. Totally a great place, I can only image how jumping it must be in full swing!

      Shaun December 16, 2012 at 1:42 am Reply

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