Pedasi Beaches

The town of Pedasi is a kilometer away from the coast, where you can find several beautiful golden sandy Pedasi beaches. Most beaches stretch out for miles so a private spot is never hard to find!

El Arenal – Also called El Bajadero and is the beach on which the boats (20 minute ride) to Isla Iguana leave from. It is a 5 minute car ride from the gas station at the northern end of Pedasi or a 45 minute walk.

Playa El Toro – Closest beach to town and a great surf spot! It has a left and right rock bottom point break for surfing.  If you have a 4×4 car you can drive right on the beach. Not great for snorkeling. If you are driving from Pedasi town, turn east off the Carretera Nacional onto the paved street beside the hotel Residential Moscoso and drive about 250m to the Cantina Hermanos Cedeno bar. Then take a dirt road just past the bar for 1km until you come to a fork. From there follow the signs for the beach. It is right next to El Lagarto, but is the point before Lagarto where the road ends.

Playa La Garita – This is the other beach also very close to the town and therefore more popular for day trips of Pedasi residents. Great for boogie boarding! Can be safe for swimming but be careful the waves can get big and come in with a strong surge.
Note: Not easy to get to. It borders some rocks on each side and you have to hike about 100m through light scrub and dirt. If it has rained it can be muddy. Not great for snorkelling. If you are driving from Pedasi town, turn east off the Carretera Nacional onto the paved street beside the hotel Residential Moscoso and drive about 250m to the Cantina Hermanos Cedeno bar. Then take a dirt road just past the bar for 1km until you come to a fork. From there follow the signs for the beach.

Playa El Lagarto – Good surf spot! Just ask anyone in town for directions. Then follow the dirt road for about 10 minutes and you’ll get to the beach. It has left and right beach breaks and a beach bottom – breaks at all tides with some rocks on each end. Watch out as it can be very powerful when it is big. However, when it gets too big it closes out.

Playa Los Destiladeros -– Located directly on the Azueros development, uninterrupted long dark golden sandy beach lined with lots of palm trees and breaks. Very private, mainly used by the Azueros Ocean loft and Villa residents. Great beach for surfing, body boarding and long walks! If you walk far enough during low tide you can see an old ship wreck…

Playa Los Panamaes – Popular by locals. Good surfing with left and right beach breaks. Right behind Playa Los Destiladeros.

Playa la Miel – Good surfing beach

Playa Punta Mala – Popular by fisher man in search for tunas like yellow fin and marlin. Close to Playa Los Destiladeros.

Beaches around Playa Venao

With almost five kilometers of beach, Playa Venao – also called Playa Venado is the largest protected bay in the western shore of Azuero. The center of the beach has powerful waves, while the east and western ends are like a lake. The beach is surrounded by steep hills and many streams.

Playa Venado bay consists of several pristine beaches. Playa Venao, long stretches of grey sandy beach famous for surfing. Los Achotines, a coral reef bay east of Playa Venado with white sandy beaches and is surrounded by a dry tropical forest which is home to many species of animals. Its hard to get to but follow the river and as a true aficionados you will see it is well worth it with its sandy bottom and hollow tubes at low tide. But be sure to go early in the morning before the wind starts. All three beaches are surrounded by hills that offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Another great surf spot is just east of Venao, located 20 minutes past Pedasi – Playa Ciruelo. It is a rock bottom left point break with hardly ever any visitors. It can get really good left tubes when there is no wind and a good swell.

Playita If you are looking for a secluded beach, this is the one. White sandy beaches in a lovely lagoon with almost no waves – great for kids too. It is 25 minutes past Pedasi and worth the trip. The Resort La Playita is located on the beach and you can use/rent their hammocks for a few dollars. The trees on the beach can offer some shade too.

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