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Pedasí, Guararé and Playa Venao

Origins of Panamanian Colonnial Traditions

Pedasi is a district of the province of Los Santos. on the Azuero Peninsula of Panama. This picturesque coastal town is known for being a surfing destination as it is surrounded by beaches. Beaches near Pedasí, such as Playa Venao, are highly talked about by surfers due to their consistent waves and ideal surfing conditions.

Guararé is steeped in age-old traditions and folklore that have been passed down through generations. Witness the lively celebrations and parades during religious holidays, like Semana Santa (Holy Week), and be captivated by traditional dances, such as the Tamborito. These vibrant displays of cultural heritage are a testament to the strong sense of identity and pride that permeate both towns.

Private Charter Flight Round trip Panama City-Pedasí

Private Charter Flight Round trip Panama City-Pedasí

Desde: $1,177.00
Required documentation

Panamanian ID, Passport, Resident card

Aeronaves disponibles

Cessna XP, Piper/pa-28

Travel time

1:00 hour

Time saved

You save from 5 to 7 hours of total flight per trip compared to ground transportation. That makes it from 10 to 14 hours of saved time.

Venao Beach

It is located further south in the district of Pedasí, in a town that bears the name of Las Escobas del Venado, in Oria Arriba. The official name of this paradise is “Playa Venado” but in common language it is known as “ Venao ”. The name Venao is due to the fact that the shape of the coast is very similar to the deer’s’ antlers, hence the name of the town and the beach.

Surfing, surfing, surfing

the 3 most outstanding activities in Venao

Playa Venao is very suitable for surfing. This beach offers waves suitable for both beginners and more experienced surfers, making it a perfect place to learn to surf or hone your skills. Playa Venao is recognized throughout the world as a First Class Surf Spot. And sometimes it is the scene of international surf competitions.

At Venao Beach you will find a mix of soft waves and more challenging waves, which makes it versatile for surfers of different levels. And the coast of Playa Venao also has space for even the smallest members of the family, since you will find children who, since they know how to walk, surf the smallest waves on boogieboards.

The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of Playa Venao , along with the natural beauty of its coastline, creates a perfect environment for surfing enthusiasts looking to escape the crowds and enjoy an authentic beach atmosphere. And for families with children, it offers a fun and pleasant environment to rest and relax.

Don’t know how to surf? Come and learn!

And if you are new to this sport and want to learn, don’t worry, you just have to contact with the desire (and local surfing schools).

At Venao Beach you have the rental and sale of boards for all sizes and also with personalized and group classes, all so that you can immerse yourself in the exciting world of surfing with the guidance of passionate local instructors.

Accommodation options

In Playa Venao you will find several options, from boutique hotels and hostels, to residential or temporary apartments, and also for all budgets.

The hotels and hostels are located closer to the coast, while the residential ones are on the second line, but they are still not far from the sea and these are a good option if you are thinking of staying longer and enjoying your vacation. Also a good option for groups.

Almost all accommodations have air conditioning, television and internet, swimming pool and also an area to prepare your own food.

We’ll be ready to book the option that best suits you and your group.

Gastronomy

Venao beach there is Wao Venao , which is a food place court , for different tastes and palates, from street food to more specialized restaurants.
In its surroundings you can also find restaurants from different countries, a bar, a bakery, ice cream parlors, and even a supermarket. Additionally, hotels and hostels usually also have their own restaurants.

Tired of surfing? Let’s go to Guararé

Guararé is one of the most traditional towns in Panama where the old quincha houses are still kept with it’s colonnial architecture and where several traditions have hundreds of years are protected and still performed to this day.

Several town fairs, religious celebrations and other festivities are held the traditional way making this town a whole spectacular time machine (not kidding!)

Here you’ll find colorful devils , traditional drums made of leather and wood, clay crafts or the beautiful skirt suits are made by hand known as the most beautiful traditional gown in the world: The Pollera.  Everything is infused of  history and tradition. .

Private Charter Flight Panama City-Guararé

Private Charter Flight Panama City-Guararé

Desde: $614.99
Required documentation

Panamanian ID, Passport, Resident card

Aeronaves disponibles

Cessna XP, Piper/pa-28

Time saved

You save from 5 to 7 hours of total flight compared to ground transportation.

Travel time

2:00 hours

Accommodation options in Guararé

There are several hotels and hostels most of them with all the features for a comfortable stay like hot water, Wifi, pool, restaurant, etc.  Most of these lodging options are in Las Tablas, capital of Los Santos and really close to Guararé, about a 10min drive.

Prices range go from 13.00USD per night to several hundreds a day.

There are some houses open to lodge guests but reservations are needed in advance (contact us for that)

Food in Guararé

Part of the Panamanian traditions is food.  In Guararé you’ll find all the dishes the Spaniards used to eat hundreds years ago, like: Arroz con pollo, tamales, fried pork, chicharrones (pork rinds),  fried tortillas (not like tacos, these are crunchy delicious), white cheese, bread, and everything cooked on a traditional log fire fogón to give that smoky romantic flavor.

The best time to enjoy food is while there’s a fair or celebration because some dishes are only done on those dates.

Other tours you can enjoy

  • Tour to Isla Iguana

    An ideal destination for the whole family. Observe all the local species that inhabit the island, such as iguanas, crabs, pelicans and exotic birds. Iguana Island is a protected nature reserve since 1981, with white sand and turquoise water accessible by boat. Ask for local guides and scuba or snorkeling tours.

  • Whale watching tour

    The recommended months for this tour are from June to September. You must live this experience, the feeling of being next to the largest mammal on the planet, the whale. You can find her coming out of the sea, in groups and together with her babies. And in its surroundings you will see dolphins and sharks in the area.

  • Mangrove Tour

    If you are looking for the natural diversity of the place and get to know the different species of animals, tour the red, white and black mangroves of Pedasí. A wetland where crocodiles, monkeys, bats, raccoons and an animal kingdom so large that it will leave you speechless coexist.

  • Turtle watching tour

    If you are looking for the natural diversity of the place and get to know the different species of animals, tour the red, white and black mangroves of Pedasí. A wetland where crocodiles, monkeys, bats, raccoons and an animal kingdom so large that it will leave you speechless coexist.

  • Fishing day

    If you are looking for the natural diversity of the place and get to know the different species of animals, tour the red, white and black mangroves of Pedasí. A wetland where crocodiles, monkeys, bats, raccoons and an animal kingdom so large that it will leave you speechless coexist.

  • Horseback ride

    You can rent horses so you can tour the coast from start to finish.

Contact Us!

Whether you’re looking for an exciting ocean adventure, quiet moments on the beach, or simply want to enjoy Panamanian hospitality at its finest, Playa Venao has something for everyone. It is a place where dreams meet reality, and where each wave brings with it the promise of an unforgettable experience. So, if you are looking for a beach destination that will steal your heart and leave you with lasting memories, Playa Venao in Pedasi is the perfect place for you.