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Surf Venado

Surf Venado


Los Santos, traditionally considered the center of Panama's Spanish folkloric heritiage, may also offer the country's best beach experiences. The long dry season (December through May) is identical to that of Guanacaste in Costa Rica and provides a nice counterpoint to the more popular Bocas del Toro reigion (which tends to be quite rainy those months).  The best beaches are at the very southern tip of the province (Pedasi, Playa Venado), which area is also home to one of the country's most dramatic natural phenomonon each October ,when thousands of sea turtles nest in Isla Canas.  The February Carnival is the province's most famous event, drawing thousands to the charming town of Las Tablas for a week-long drink fest.

Besides from its turtle phenomenon, you will also find a great amount of world class surfing spots. Venado is one of them and good for beginners to advanced surfers depending on the swell size. It counts with 3 points breaking on sand and its best during our dry season (December to March) as it gets full offshore winds.

During the months of April – December you can expect more consistency on swells but some onshore from 11 am to 4 pm.   In order to learn more about Panama the surf you can log in http://www.panamaprivatetours.com/tours/surf.php  

 Furthermore, the Pedasi area is considered to be one of the world’s best spots for Tuna and Wahoo fishing. You can expect to catch at least 20 large tunas in a period of 5 hours and fishing charters are the least expensive in the western hemisphere. You can find “panga” fishing charters in this area at http://www.panamacruise.com.pa  . As a matter of fact, the Achiotines institute has a branch at the eastern tip of the Peninsula . The Achiotines institute is related to the Smithsonian  Institute

Accomodations are either local style (various), backpacker (DIM's Hostal in Pedasi) or over-the-top (two new, as-yet-unamed hotels near Pedasi).



July 30, 2007 change by pty

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