Pedasí is a town in the Los Santos province of the Pacific West region of Panama.
Pedasi is a small town. It is very community orientated with a small expat community. In a lot of ways it acts as an interim stop for tourists on their way to somewhere else such as Playa Venao or further south.
There are numerous hostels, lodges and restaurants in the town, but whether they’re open and available or not depends on the season, the whim of the owners and, possibly, the phase of the moon.
Don’t be in a rush in a Pedasi. There’s always tomorrow (manana)
- By Car : 4-4.5 hours drive from Panama City, direct on the Carretera Nacional.
- By Local Bus : via bus from Panama City to either Chitre or Las Tablas, then take a connection to Pedasi.
- By Direct Shuttle Bus : via bus directly from Tocumen International Airport or Panama City, drops off at Selina Pedasi. Book online at Panama Bus Tickets.
- By Air : Flights are three times weekly: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. Charter flights are available daily during daylight hours.
- Direct flights are no longer available. Rather book a flight from Albrook Airport to Chitre for around $80 with COPA Air. Book on their website http://COPAAir.com Once in Chitre catch a bus or taxi to Pedasi. Pay no more than $40 for the taxi, although it should be less.
- There is NO Uber in Pedasi
- Yellow taxis sometimes pass on the main road and you can flag them down
- You can rent a bicycle from Baba's House, Selina's Hostel or Santosha Hostel
- There are mini-bus taxis
- You can walk
- Taxis can be found near the Super Centro el Pueblo, next to the Pedasi sign in the main road
- Isla Iguana y Playa Arenal. Boats launch from this beach to fish as well as to take tourists over to the Island (Iguana).
- Playa del Toro.
- Playa la Garita.
- Playa Venao. Playa Venao
- Destiladeros (Playa Los Destiladeros).
- Pueblito vía la bicicleta.
- Cementerio (Cementerio de Pedasí), Calle Ofelia Reluz #2. (7.5272551,-80.0219652)
- Dulceria yely's (Bakery).
- La Iglesia (church in main square).
- Playa Los Destiladeros.
- Puerto Escondido.
- Baba House, BARRIO LAS MALVINAS LOS BOMBEROS, Pedasí, Los Santos, Panama 0749, ☎ +507 6477-1734, . Elvis (Baba) is a native of Pedasi and has been living and breathing his art for the past 20 years. He has a collection of items on display and some for sale at his house. The house is an eclectic mix of objects and art mostly made from found objects such as shark teeth, wine bottle corks and other flotsam and jetsam. Well worth a visit. (7.5308662,-80.0252271)
- Dive-N-Fish Pedasi, (in the Pedasi Sports Club), . Boat trips to Isla Iguana, snorkeling trips, scuba diving, sport fising, whale watching, turtle watching are available through this shop. They also have rental and retail supplies for fishing and diving as well as sundry items such as sun tan lotion, motion sickness medication, etc. and are a good source of local information. Most diving and snorkeling activities are done around Isla Iguana where there are good shallow water coral formations and lots of tropical sealife. Morel Eels, Rays, Turtles, colorful tropical Fishes, and many other forms of sea life are to be found here. Turtle watching is done at night at Isla Cana. See the big sea turtles come in and lay their eggs on the beach of this semi-remote island where the nesting is protected.
- Surf, at the playa Venao. Waves for beginners and experienced surfers alike and possibility to take surf lessons. Beach Break Hotel and Surf Camp Provides surf lessons.
- Visit Isla Iguana, ☎ +507 67008087. During World War II, the United States Army used the Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge as a bombing range. To clear the area, two thousand-pound bombs stuck in the surrounding coral reef were detonated in the 1990s. In the 1960s, a settler on the northern part of the island claimed it as his property and planted exotic plants such as mango and guava trees, corn and sugar cane. These non-native plants still inhabit the island to this day. Late in the decade, the man was removed by the government. The Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge was declared protected on June 15, 1981. $7 per person.
- Playa El Arenal (El Arenal Beach), (Take the road next to the '''Pedasi Sport's Club''' and go straight. At the end of the road is the beach.). Boat launch to Isla Iguana. Nice beach, covered open restaurant, controlled parking, on-site police station. Bring your passport number or driver's license number to hire a boat to the island. Buy fish from the fishermen in the late afternoon. (7.559407,-80.020056)
- Mano Surf and Juice, (behind Centro Commercial, one block from Dim's Hostal). M-Sa : 10AM-6PM. The shop sells long and short boards and also offers renting per day or longer Sells surf wax, other supplies and beach clothing/sandals. Also rents bikes.
- Mini Super Aires Del Mar (Mini Supermarket), (Next to the Terpel gas-station near the Sports club).
- Super Centro el Pueblo (Supermarket), Calle Rogelio Córdoba, Pedasí, Los Santos (Look for the Pedasi Sign in the main road. At that intersection you will find the supermarket.). This is the largest supermarket in Pedasi. They are a complete supermarket with almost everything you will need for sale. (7.531646,-80.026638)
- Grupo Moreno (Hardware Store), Main Road, Pedasi, ☎ +507 995-2293, . Closed Sunday. 07:00 - 16:00. (7.532309,-80.026816)
- Tia Libia Panaderia (Tia Libia Bakery), Calle Ofelia Reluz, Pedasi (Next door to ''The Corner''), ☎ +507 6675-1112, . Note: Now moves to the main road directly opposite the Pedasi sign. (1 April 2019) Lots of very nice freshly baked goods, including bread, croissant etc Very Reasonable prices. (7.528277,-80.025295)
- Restaurante Angela, (on the main road across from the Municipal Offices). Great local food at a great price serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
- El Gringo Dusek, (on the main road). Owned and operated by a "Gringo", Joe Dusek. Joe was born in Panama to a military father. They went back to the States after the father's tour in Panama was complete. Joe retired from the U.S. Navy about a year ago and moved back to Pedasi to open the restaurant. It's the only place for miles and miles and miles where you can get BBQ ribs and a decent steak and the prices are very good.
- Restaurant Los Destiladeros, Playa Los Destiladeros (5 km from el Limon, past Pedasi), ☎ +507 995-2772, . Evening. Fixed price menu offering fresh seafood, meat, delicious pastry and Brazilian cocktails. US$25.00.
- Pizza Gavilan, Playa Venao (30km from Pedasi), . Delicious Pizza and Salad as well as Fresh fruit juice are always available in this beach-front restaurant. Pizza is, of course, fantastic. There are a variety of other very nice meals. The Hotel pool is also available for guests.
- The Corner, Pedasí (coordinates to type into maps: 7.5284587,-80.0252586), ☎ +507 66794310. Evening. Nice restaurant close to the "parque de Pedasí". Small menu but still covers great variety of dishes(ceviche, seafood, steak etc.). You get 2 sidedishes with every main dish. The owner is always up for a little conversation. Very recommendable. US$6.00-15.00. (7.5284587,-80.0252586)
- Moana, ☎ +507 6218-6014. Outstanding Restaurant. Great food at reasonable prices.
- Segreto (Segreto Restaurante Italiano), (Opposite Pedasi Sports Club). Upmarket Italian Restaurant
- Restaurante y Bar El Pedasieño, ☎ +507 6241-0649. Great lunch menu and service (7.533963,-80.026145)
- Smiley's, ☎ +507 6510-9652. Closed Mondays. All other days open Noon - 10:00PM. Smiley's is the most popular restaurant in Pedasi for expats. There are always great meals there. The food is more American style. John and Ermalinda are the owners, they are very nice people, always happy to see you. Twice a week they have live music, you never know who might show up to play with the band. Great food and Great fun. (7.533157,-80.026932)
- Mano Surf and Juice, (Behind Centro Commercial, one block from Dim's Hostal). M-Sa : 10AM-6PM. A new surf shop with juice bar &: free WiFi, serving fresh fruit juices, batidos and coffee.
- Restaurant Los Destiladeros, Playa Los Destiladeros (5 km from El Limon past Pedasi.), ☎ +507 995-2771, . evening. Fixed price menu with fresh seafood, meat, pastries and Brazilian cocktails. US$25.
- Casa Margarita, (In downtown Pedasi), . The B&B offers 5 guest suites with A/C, private hot shower bathrooms and a tapas hour. A large gourmet breakfast is included, which can be enjoyed on the terrace. Rooms from US$90.
- Pedasi Sports Club, (on the left across from the police station as you enter Pedasi driving from Las Tablas), . The club provides lodging with A/C suites and cabanas, hot water, satTV, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. They are able to assist with bookings for many tourism activities (see listing above under "Do"). The Club also provides storage for boats for people who would like to fish the prime areas around Pedasi but don't want to pull their boats around on trailers. Airport pick-up from Panama City or from the airport in Pedasi is available. 1 bedroom furnished apartments with pool-side garden patios and satTV are also offered at special long term rental rates. The Pedasi Sports Club has just been awarded the Padi Resort (diving) status. US$55.
- Posada Los Destiladeros, Playa Los Destiladeros (On the Pacific coast, 7kms from Pedasi, past el Limon), ☎ +507 995-2771 ([email protected], fax: +507 995-2772), . 15 traditionally built bungalows and suites with direct ocean access on 550 ft of sand beach. Sits amid 8 hectares of carefully planted trees and tropical flowers. Swimming pool, 4 sundecks overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a 150² m living area, breakfast terrace, thatched roofed huts and several hideaways throughout the grounds for privacy and intimacy. US$60-200.
- Pedasito Hotel, Calle Agustin Moscoso, ☎ +507 995-2965, . checkin: 12noon; checkout: 12noon. Just off the town square. Includes a restaurant, cafe and lounge which serve local fare such as freshly caught tuna. 4 comfortable rooms are available with A/C, satTV, DVD player, private balconies, work desk, closets, hot water and common areas. Also includes free breakfast, and the reception area is adorned with works from some of Panama’s most prestigious painters like Hector Samaniego Sinclair and Jorge Ruiz Melgar. US$85.
- Closed Cliff's Place, Calle Jose a Carrasquilla 330 (2 blocks south of the zocalo, 1 block west. Turn right at Casa Margarita.), ☎ 67604226 ([email protected]), . checkin: 12:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Cliff's Place has camping($7/per nigh per person) - unlimited spots,dorms ($10/night per person) with A/C - 4 bunks and a queen, and a private cabana ($25/per night per couple). There is a shared kitchen including a bbq and free wifi. There is a volleyball net and various hammocks. The traditional thatch palapa/rancho is a great place for $1 beers or insane electric orange drinks. Cliff's is a great base for trips to Isla Iguana and Venao. A true hostel for backpackers, families, and surfers exploring the Azuero Penninsula.www.CliffsPlacePedasi.com. This place looks derelict and closed $7/$10/$25. (7d31'35.94,80d01'40.25)
- Beach Break hotel and Surf camp (Beach Break Hotel), Playa Venao (30 minutes drive from Pedasi), ☎ +507-6245-2342 ([email protected]), . 14 rooms, beach front hotel, shared kitchen and restaurant, Wifi, Hammocks, Swimming pool, Surf lessons and board rental. Staying at the Beach break hotel is not only enjoying the confort and relax next to the pool, it's experiencing the surf community and its amazing way of life. Surfers from all around the world, backpackers and family come to discover Playa Venao and live a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Don't miss the Gavilan Pizza Restaurant. $109-$153.
- Dim's Hostal (Hostal Dim's), Avenida Central, Pedasí (Across from El Pueblo minimarket), ☎ +507 995-2303, . checkin: 4pm; checkout: 1pm. Located in Pedasi, Dim's Hostal is close to Playa El Toro and Playa El Arenal. This hostal is within the region of Los Destiladeros Beach and Iguana Island National Park. Make yourself at home in one of the 9 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Take in the views from a terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. A complimentary full breakfast is served daily. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite. $30. (7.531522,-80.027289)
- Santosha Hostel, Main Square, Pedasi (Find the main square and the hostel is on the south side), ☎ +507 995-2625 ([email protected]), . This is a very friendly hostel. It has quaint features and a nice couple who run it. Rooms are clean with fresh linen and there is hot water for showers. Bicycles are available for guests to get around the town or to ride to the nearest beaches. $55. (7.531522,-80.027289)
- Casa de Campo Pedasi (Botique Hotel (B&B)), Main Road, ☎ +507 6780-5280, .
- Hostal Doña Maria, ☎ +507 995-2916. (7.531808,-80.026757)
- Selina Hostel Pedasi, Calle Agustín Moscoso, Pedasi, ☎ +507 995-2745, . $20. (7.530548,-80.026666)
- There is free Wi-Fi throughout central Pedasi. The Wi-Fi network is named "InternetParaTodos" (Internet For All). Speeds are 1Mbps down and .5Mbps up (though can be slower at times). You'll need to setup an account by providing your name, email address and a phone number. Once you create an account on your device it will remember your device (using the device's MAC address) the next time you use it, but you will need to tap your number at the login screen to navigate. If you use a 2nd device, you can use the same info to make a "new" account.
- Cell phone coverage is very good in most areas. Near the beach and in some other areas you will only have 2G or 3G, but otherwise LTE is available. Buy an unlimited data SIM for thirty days for $35 at the airport when you arrive. Don’t rely on free WiFi because it can be spotty and unreliable. Also censored. ParaToDos for example allows no streaming content.