Panama’s Perfect-Weather Beachside Town

Being a small country, it’s easy to get around Panama. That means most parts of the country are within easy reach of our home in the Chiriqui Province. Recently, my husband Gary and I jumped in the car and took to the road to check out the beach town of Pedasi.

Close to miles of sandy beaches and rolling hills, Pedasi richly deserves its reputation as being one of the most attractive of Panama’s small towns. It is serene, peaceful, and laidback. The buildings in town are all well maintained and attractively painted and the streets are immaculate, adorned with lush, vibrant flowers of pink, fuschia, yellow, lavender, and red.

The locals here are happy, friendly people who while away their evenings on their front porches, exchanging bits of gossip with their neighbors or smiling and waving at the foreigners strolling toward the local restaurants or nearby beaches, of which there are several.

This is the perfect place for a quiet weekend getaway (or even retirement), yet is close to all the necessary amenities and a more bustling environment for those days when it feels like time to “kick up your heels.”

Located on the Azuero Peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Panama, in what’s known as the Arco Seco or Dry Arc, Pedasi boasts some of the best weather in Panama, perfect for strolling along the breathtaking beaches.

There are five beaches near this seaside town. By far the most popular is Playa Venao. The surfing here is among the best in Central America and continues year round. If surfing isn’t your thing, there’s no shortage of other things to do in and around Pedasi. Choose from excellent sports fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding, and of course, if you’re there at the right time, the ever popular, colorful, and raucous Carnaval celebrations in Las Tablas, which is only a few miles from Pedasi.

Pedasi
Near the beach-town of Pedasi, it’s not hard to find find a stretch of peaceful, white-sand beach all to yourself.

We took a three-mile boat ride to Isla Iguana wildlife reserve where we relaxed on the gorgeous, soft, white-sand beach while watching green and black iguanas, sea turtles, dolphins, and hermit crabs. Isla Iguana is surrounded by an extensive coral reef so snorkeling is a popular activity here.

Pedasi has an abundance of excellent restaurants. Everything from a tiny Italian establishment which serves homemade pasta and excellent wines to a Mediterranean restaurant which offers Israeli food. There’s also Smiley’s, a large sports bar and small Panamanian fondas where you can get traditional rice, beans, chicken, or tacos for $2 to $4.

We enjoyed dinner amid the intimate ambience of the Italian restaurant. Quiet surroundings and delicious pasta with a glass of excellent red wine (our bill was $30 in total) was the perfect ending to our active, fun-filled day.

We stayed at the best B&B in town, the Casita Margarita. Our room was large, clean, quiet, and included free WiFi and a delicious breakfast. There were several choices for breakfast, one of them being their popular banana pancakes but we had the traditional bacon and eggs, which were done to perfection. The cost, including breakfast for two, was just under $100 per night.

To my mind, Pedasi is definitely one of the Pedasi has an abundance of excellent restaurants. Everything from a tiny Italian establishment which serves homemade pasta and excellent wines to a Mediterranean restaurant which offers Israeli food. There’s also Smiley’s, a large sports bar and small Panamanian fondas where you can get traditional rice, beans, chicken, or tacos for $2 to $4.

We enjoyed dinner amid the intimate ambience of the Italian restaurant. Quiet surroundings and delicious pasta with a glass of excellent red wine (our bill was $30 in total) was the perfect ending to our active, fun-filled day.

We stayed at the best B&B in town, the Casita Margarita. Our room was large, clean, quiet, and included free WiFi and a delicious breakfast. There were several choices for breakfast, one of them being their popular banana pancakes but we had the traditional bacon and eggs, which were done to perfection. The cost, including breakfast for two, was just under $100 per night.

To my mind, Pedasi is definitely one of the most attractive small towns in Panama. If you relish a life that is slow-paced, easy, and peaceful, and feels as though you have traveled back in time, Pedasi is definitely worth a visit.

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