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Playa Venao

01 Sneak Peek

What is it about?

Panama – Playa Venao

Create Your Experience!

What makes Safari Surf’s program so unique and popular is we create customized inclusive packages that offer the ideal surf vacation experience that YOU are looking for.

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Playa Venao is in the Province of Pedasi, Los Santos. The drive from Tocumen Airport (PTY) is about 5 hours on perfect roads. Some guests prefer to rent a car and drive themselves! Arriving into Playa Venao is like stepping out of a time machine into a lost tropical paradise. The 2 mile horseshoe bay is so pristine with jungle all around and clean consistent waves peeling across the bay… it can seem very surreal.

The small town gives off just that, the small town chill vibe. With a smattering of hotels dotted along the sands and a few well placed restaurants to conquer the appetite, this town, the people, the surf, 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 in Playa Venao.

02 The pricing

Create Your own

Panama – Playa Venao

How much?

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

Typically one of the largest price factors is your lodging choice. We can, however, provide you with price ranges to help give you a ballpark idea of cost for a 7 night / 8 day “turnkey” all inclusive type stay. A turnkey package would include: transportation, lodging, bike(s), some meals, daily surf lessons, activity(s), 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

Panama – Playa Venao



We offer a variety of excellent lodging options for you to choose from based on your taste & budget. From Hostels, Boutique hotels, high-end hotels, to rental homes.

All of the options Safari Surf offers have A/C, strong WiFi (for those who need to stay in touch or work), and are on the sands of Playa Venao.

04 Hotel Options


Panama – Playa Venao


Safari House

This beautiful home offers high-speed private WiFi, Netflix, a well-appointed chef's kitchen, a washer and dryer, air conditioning, dishwasher, 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.

This small town offers far more than southern swells allowing guests to enjoy a wide variety of water activities from whale watching, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and diving. With wonderful restaurants, local boutiques, hiking, horseback riding, endless nature walks, yoga, spa, and zip-lining visitors have a variety 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 luxuriate in their gorgeous pool, dine in their restaurant, or find a quiet perch to relax and lounge.


Playa Venao
Resort Hotel

This hotel is also centrally located in the middle of Playa Venao’s horseshoe bay. Not quite the “party” hotel as El Sitio it does offer the more quiet and relaxing resort style vibe.

With a large infinity pool with a slide no less, overlooking the beach. Casual luxury is the theme here. An excellent bar and restaurant as well as a sushi bar for those enthusiasts awaits. A variety of classically styled room options are sprinkled all over the sprawling property providing that fresh feeling of serenity and room to breathe.

Villa Marina Hotel

Tucked away on the Southern corner in Playa Venao, an international surfing paradise, Villa Marina offers comfortable beachfront ocean view rooms and first-rate amenities.

This hotel is Panamanian owned and operated providing you an authentic, cultural experience. Because this hotel is locally owned and run there is a certain feeling of welcome that you just can’t find at a corporate type accommodation. The chill and relaxed vibe is encompassing. But don’t let the relaxed vibe fool you …the customer service is top shelf! 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

Centrally located in the middle of Playa Venao’s horseshoe bay sits El Sitio Hotel. This hotel has an infinity pool overlooking the sands of Playa Venao. Straight out front is your world class beach break with consistent lefts and rights on offer.

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 techno music is for real and the vibe is fun and active. If this is your scene …you’ll want to be in the middle of it.


Nao Venao
Boutique Hostel

This new property built in 2020 offers the backpacker and budget travelers the ideal lodging option. Located a 3 minute bike ride to the beach, this boutique hostel offers all the amenities and then dome for a hostel.

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

Playa Venao

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 in Playa Venao.

05 Adventures

Additional ideas

Panama – Playa Venao

Adventures in option

catch your own dinner in Panama

Deep Sea Fishing

You need not look any further than our incredible blue ocean waters off our coast line for the best fishing there is in Costa Rica.

boat surf trip in Costa Rica

Boat Surf Trip

Let our local knowledge take you to the best surf on offer based on the swell direction, wind, and tides.

safari surf exploration trip

Land Surf Trip

The moment you pull up to a secluded surf spot and the surf is firing… that is what it’s all about.

swim with dolphins in costa rica

Whale & Dolphin Watching

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

finding nemo in costa rica

Snorkeling Tour

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

surf and relax trip

Sunset Boat Tour

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

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06 Reviews

What they're saying about Safari Surf?

Panama – Playa Venao

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