The Peninsula de Azuero is esteemed by Panamanians as the country’s heart and soul. Inland, the peninsula is one of the country’s major farming and ranching centers. It is also the strongest bastion of Spanish culture left in Panama, with the lineage of many families linked directly back to Spain. These days, talk has turned it into the ‘Tuscany of the Tropics’, with rolling hills and a long, lovely coastline. Surf is up!
The Azuerzo Peninsula
Reflecting the true heart and soul of Panama, the Azuero Peninsula is a major farming and ranching centre. More recently, for many reasons, it has become a significant tourist destination.
The area, conquered by the Spanish Conquistadores early in the 16th century, remains a bastion of Spanish culture. This history is reflected in its famous festivals featuring street parades, music and dancing and of course, fireworks! The women and girls of the Los Santos Province don their beautiful polleras. These are the traditional handmade dresses which feature colourful, intricate embroidery and delicate filigree. Their hair is decorated with clusters of fine ornaments and golden hair combs. For many of the festivals the men bring out their carts and wagons depicting life in Panama and these are drawn by the famous brahman bulls. During other festivals, many people arrive on horseback. The celebrations – which are too many to list – range from religious and historic dates to national festivals. The most popular festivals are Carnival and Semana Santa (Easter Week).
Pedasi still remains a small fishing and farming village. However, in the last few years it has also emerged as one of Panama’s up and coming tourist destinations. The town has many colourful buildings and murals that have been added in the last few years. One of the most endearing aspects of this town are all the friendly and smiling faces of the locals you will encounter – always with a loud “Buenas”as is the traditional greeting of this area.
There are 7 different beaches within a very short drive from the town. Each one offering unique characteristics from calm secluded bays to endless vacant sections of beach that seem to go on forever to awesome surfing opportunities.
One of the more popular things to do here is to visit Isla Iguana. This is a 55 hectare national park and marine refuge approximately 5 miles off the coast of Playa Arenal. Clear water, white sand and some great snorkeling and diving opportunities are the main attractions here.
In the summer from late June to late September Pedasi’s coastal waters welcome the annual Humpback Whale migration!! This is truly incredible to see.
Especially cool is that they come here to have their babies. The calves are very curious and sometimes by just sitting and turning off the boat motor you can be rewarded with some incredible close encounters as the calves will approach you to check you out with mum not far behind. Amazing stuff!
Of course our most famous activity here is the sport fishing on the famous “Tuna Coast”. All your favourite pelagics are here along with Grouper, Roosters, Amberjack and Cubera Snapper. We are more then happy to arrange all of these tours for you either on board our beautiful 25′ Contender Center Console or with a trusted local captain in a panga boat.
Surfing, kite surfing, SCUBA, waterfall hikes, zip lining, and horseback adventures are some of the other activities on offer here. Pedasi has something for everyone and you will never be bored.
Pedasi is approximately 4.5 hours by car from Panama City. It is very easy to catch a bus here from Albrook Terminal in Panama City. A $10 bus from there to Las Tablas where you can take a taxi to our hotel for $20 – $25 or $2.40 for a mini bus. We are approximately a 40 min drive from Las Tablas.