Surfing in Panama is great year round. Waves are consistent on the Pacific side March through November, which is the opposite schedule of the Caribbean. However, the Azuero Peninsula gets north, south and west swells which makes this location surfable in itself year round!
Playa Venao, Destiladeros and Modrono are all quick car rides to great surf spots from Pedasi. Playa Venao has its own surf camp and this beach, like the others, is the perfect spot to catch waves free from crowds. Surf at Venao breaks both left and right and the beach is long, so there are several peaks to chose from. The best time of the day to surf here is during the rising tide where you can get waves up to 16feet.
Playa Venao and the neighboring beaches are uncrowded, which is perfect for both beginner and seasoned surfers alike. During surf competitions Playa Venao hosts more visitors and turns into a party atmosphere. This year, Panama’s famous rapper, Rookie, performed. The three day event was sponsored by Balboa, a Panamanian beer. Most visitors camp in tents, some stay in the few cabins located on the beach and others stay in nearby Pedasi. We recommend bringing a cooler for snacks and drinks, however here is one local rancho on the beach that sells some foodstuffs.
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