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Playa Venao

01 Sneak Peek

What is it about?

Panama – Playa Venao

 Create Your Ideal Panama Surf Experience!

Our Safari Surf Panama program is created custom for each guest. Tell us what you’re looking for in a Panama surf trip, and we’ll make it happen.

Which way to Safari Surf School

Playa Venao, in the Province of Pedasi, Los Santos, is one of Panama’s premier surf destinations. The drive from Tocumen Airport (PTY) is about 5 hours on perfect roads. guests prefer to rent a car and drive themselves! Arriving at Playa Venao feels like stepping out of a time machine into a lost tropical paradise. The 2-mile horseshoe bay is pristine, with jungle all around and clean consistent waves peeling across the bay.


Playa Venao retains its small, farm town charm. With a smattering of hotels dotted along the sand and a few well-placed restaurants to conquer the appetite, this town, the people, the surf, and the vibe will take hold of your senses. This place is exactly what Nosara was some 15 + years ago before Nosara was “found”.


If you are looking for a quiet, cozy nook in Central America with the blessings of excellent surf and friendly locals, you have come to the right place.

02 The pricing

Create Your own

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How much?

Because we create the ideal inclusive experience for you, we don’t have standard pricing.

Lodging is typically the largest influence on your trip’s price. We provide several lodging options with price ranges to help give you a ballpark idea of the cost of a 7-night / 8-day “turnkey” all-inclusive stay. A turnkey package would include transportation, lodging, bike(s), some meals, daily surf lessons, activities, video analysis & surf photos.

Below are examples of approximate pricing!

Single Occupancy

$1500 - $3500 USD

Double Occupancy

$1500 - $2500 USD per person

Family of (4)

$1000 - $1500 USD per person

03 Accomodations - Hotels

Tropical Luxury

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Panama Hotels & Playa Venao Rental Homes

We offer a variety of lodging options for you to choose from based on your taste & budget. We have something for every budget, from hostels, boutique hotels, and high-end hotels, to Playa Venao’s luxury rental homes.

All of our Playa Venao lodging offerings have A/C, and strong WIFI (for those who need to stay in touch or work) and are each located on the sands of Playa Venao.

04 Hotel Options


Panama – Playa Venao


Alaya Panama

Experience luxury & comfort while rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul, immersed in Panama's natural wonders.

With luxurious amenities and a focus on holistic wellness, this hotel and spa is the perfect solution for those seeking relaxation and renewal. Alaya offers a variety of lodging options along with world-class gastronomy.

Private Pool Suites

With mesmerizing sunset views overlooking Isla Cañas, the Private Pool Suites are the perfect setting for deep relaxation, connection, and restoration. Immersed in natural beauty, each Private Pool Suite features a private deck with a plunge pool, outdoor living room, and star gazing net. Inside, the dome is appointed with a bathtub, A/C, an ensuite bathroom with hot water, and an indoor loft.


Representing each of the seven chakras and set in a circle, the dome suites are the ideal environment for alignment, balance, and creativity.

Each with a different spectacular view: the rolling hills of Cañas, sunrise, ocean, Isla Cañas, and sunset these domes offer A/C, an indoor loft, an ensuite bathroom with hot water, and a private deck with star gazing net and/or outdoor living room.


Nestled into the jungle, the dorms are perfect for small groups and single travelers alike. To ensure maximum comfort and privacy, our shared occupancy dorms feature four canopy queen beds and A/C.

Enjoy your shower with a view of the jungle in the shared outdoor bathroom and take in the night sky from the star-gazing nets and shared deck space.

Outdoor bathroom: 4 outdoor showers with hot water, 2 toilets, and 2 sinks.


Playa Venao
Resort Hotel

This Panama beach hotel is also centrally located in the middle of Playa Venao’s horseshoe bay.

With a large infinity pool and slide overlooking the beach, it’s hard to beat the setup at this Playa Venao hotel. Casual luxury is the theme here. An excellent bar and restaurant complete with a sushi bar. A variety of classically styled room options are sprinkled all over the sprawling property giving guests a feeling of serenity and room to breathe.


Villa Marina Hotel

Tucked away on the southern corner of Playa Venao, close to the main break, Villa Marina offers comfortable beachfront and ocean-view rooms with first-rate amenities.

This Playa Venao hotel is Panamanian owned and operated and provides an authentic cultural experience. You can’t beat the Panamanian hospitality you’ll feel during your stay. Don’t let the relaxed vibe fool you, customer service is top shelf! In addition to the ten beachfront hotel rooms, Villa Marina also offers 2- and 3-bedroom condos for rent. This hotel is highly recommended by Safari Surf if you are looking for amazing local Panamanian hospitality.

In addition to (10) beachfront hotel rooms, Villa Marina also offers 2 and 3 bedroom condos for rent as well! This hotel is highly recommended by Safari Surf if you are looking for amazing local Panamanian hospitality.


El Sitio Hotel

El Sitio Hotel is centrally located in the middle of Playa Venao’s horseshoe bay. This hotel boasts an infinity pool overlooking the waters of Playa Venao and a world-class beach break.

With an excellent bar and restaurant on site, there is no shortage of good food and good times. El Sitio is a favorite for young people coming from the coming city for the weekend to dance, party, and surf. The sunset techno music sets the vibe for fun and active evenings. If you’re looking for the Playa Venao party scene, check out El Sitio Hotel.


Nao Venao
Boutique Hostel

This new property built in 2020 offers backpackers and budget travelers the ideal lodging option. Located 3 minutes from the beach by bike, this boutique hostel has loads of amenities and then some.

All rooms have A/C and WIFI. The property also has a restaurant and bar set in a gorgeous garden. Breakfast is included with your room, and there are laundry services on-site as well as a community kitchen. An awesome place to meet other travelers.

05 Rental Options

Personal Oasis

Panama – Playa Venao



In the spirit of customization, we offer guests the ability to rent one of the many gorgeous homes that in the Playa Venao area.

Below are just a few of our favorites homes in Playa Venao. Home rental rates range anywhere from approximately $400 USD to $1000 USD + per night depending on the home and amenities they offer.

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Safari House

Safari House

This beautiful home offers high-speed, private WIFI, Netflix, a well-appointed chef's kitchen, a washer/dryer, air conditioning, a dishwasher, a generator, and ample towels for both home and pool use.

This home comfortably sleeps 8 in 3 king-size bedrooms and a bunk room with a separate entrance. In addition, the house has a covered parking spot for one or two cars.


Playa Venao offers much more than consistent swell. Guests to enjoy a wide variety of water activities like whale watching, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and diving. With wonderful restaurants, local boutiques, hiking, horseback riding, nature walks, yoga, spa, and zip-lining visitors have tons of activities to choose from! Enjoy the villa’s private pool overlooking the ocean or wander next door to the Blue Venao private beach club to relax in their gorgeous pool, dine in their restaurant, or find a quiet perch to lounge.

Villa Marina Condos

Livin la vida loca! Luxury condos just steps away from the gorgeous sands of Playa Venao!

Villa Marina offers luxurious 2 & 3 bedroom fully furnished condos that offers both luxury and simplicity to one’s vacation plans. All units are fully air conditioned and have washers and dryers. Full kitchen and we can even get you a chef if the thought of cooking on your vacation pains you! Some of the condos available are literally steps from the sand and others are some 50 yards… either way you will fall asleep to the soothing sound of the ocean surf.

Blue Venao Condos

Luxury resort feel accompanies a gorgeous sweeping pool along the sands of the Playa Venao ocean front. Dip your toes in the pool or the ocean… it’s a tough choice to make!

Blue Venao is smack in the middle of the action in Playa Venao. Close to shops and restaurants as well as dancing and bars. If you value being close to all while on vacation, Blue Venao is your ticket to paradise. They offer 2 & 3 BR fully furnished with A/C condo rentals. Their centerpiece is their infinity pool on the beach with a bar overlooking all the action on the beach and in the water. If you value your downtime and love to relax on the beach or by the pool… You won’t be disappointed.

Playa Venao

If you are looking for a quiet, cozy corner of Central America with excellent surf and friendly locals, you have come to the right place.

05 Adventures

Additional ideas

Panama – Playa Venao

Adventures in Panama

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Panama Deep Sea Fishing

Fish the lively and wild waters off the coast of Playa Venao with a Playa Venao fishing charter. Catch Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and more!

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Panama Boat Surf Trip

Explore the region’s best waves and get the inside scoop from our knowledgeable local guides.

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Overland Panama Surf Trip

Discover the best waves on Panama’s Pacific coast with a classic overland surf safari.

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Whale & Dolphin Watching

Chase dolphins while sitting on the bow of the boat dipping your toes just inches above these magnificent creatures!

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Playa Venao Snorkeling Tour

Experience the crystal blue waters off our coast and you might even run into a sunken ship to explore!

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Playa Venao Sunset Boat Tour

Sway with the ocean currents while the sun sets on another amazing tropical day in paradise.

Additional Panama Adventures on offer:

Yoga, Spa / Massage, Zipline Tour, Horseback tour, Kayak Tour, SUP Tour, Jujitsu class / training.

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