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Travel – Pedasí, Panama – a town that is located on the south-eastern tip of the Azuero Peninsula

Pedasí is located in Los Santos in Panama. It is a town that is located on the south-eastern tip of the Azuero Peninsula which is on Panama’s Pacific coast. This town is located in the Pedasi district, and is a fishing village with approximately 2000 inhabitants. This town is popular for its annual carnivals, pristine beaches, and activities such as sport fishing and surfing. This town is near to many of Panama’s national parks and preserves. It is rich and quaint in its architecture. Part of the attraction are the laid out streets with civic buildings, a central road and a plaza city housed in this town.
The coastal roads are surrounded by scenic cliffs. One can see tide pools, beaches, and a traditional Spanish hacienda from here. There are many houses and lands that have been purchased by Hollywood people.
There are islands and beaches nearby like
• Isla Iguana y Playa Arenal
• Playa Venao
• Destiladeros
• Pueblito vía la bicicleta
• Cementerio
• Dulceria yely’s
• La iglesia
• El Arenal
• Playa El Toro
• Playa La Garita
• Playa El Lagarto
• Playa El Lanchón
• Playa El Cascajal
• Playa Los Destiladeros
• Puerto Escondido
• Playa Los Panamaes
• Playa la Miel
• Punta Chumico

Places and Activities of Pedasi:
• Dive-N-Fish Pedasi: There are boat trips to Isla Iguana, snorkeling trips, scuba diving, sport fising, whale watching, and turtle watching that are offered by the dive and fish shop. This island has coral formations and tropical sea life like Morel Eels, Rays, Turtles, colorful tropical Fishes, and many other forms of sea life. At Isla Cana, one can watch turtles and their nesting activities.
• Local architecture: This town is a combination of Spanish colonial style with Caribbean influenced styles. The houses are wide and have colonnaded verandas. There are many historic homes that have hand-painted details.
• Carnival: There is a carnival in February annually that is famous in Pedasi. It is the most exuberant celebration after Las Tablas. Abajo (Lower Street) and Calle Arriba (Upper Street) are the two divisions and their queens respectively try to outdo their activities to win. The activities include music, floats and fireworks. The other carnivals of the area are:
1. Festival Nacional de la Pollera (National Festival of the Pollera)
2. The Festival of the Patron Santa Librada
3. The Festival Nacional de la Mejorana in Guararé.
• Surfing: Playa El Toro, Playa El Lagarto, Playa Los Destiladeros and Playa Arenal are the beaches that offer surfing and kitesurfing during the seasons, January to April, which is the dry season of Pedasi.
• Sport fishing: One can find fishes like amberjack, Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus), cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus), roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) and dorado (Coryphaena hippurus, commonly called mahi-mahi, or dolphinfish). Both bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), and wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) are found seasonally in the seasons from November through April.
• Isla Iguana Beach: This is a beach off the coast of Pedasi in the Panama Bay. This is protected by a wildlife reserve. It is a boat ride from Playa El Arenal which takes 20 minutes. This beach is spread on 52 hectares with coral reefs. The other beaches around are Playa El Cirial (252 meters long) and Playita Del Faro (37 meters long). This island houses 62 bird species. Black iguana and other reptiles are housed here. One the marine front, humpback whales are popular; they migrate from June to October. The reef has fishes, rays, eels and sea turtles.
• Los Santos (The Saints): This is a province of Panama with Las Tablas as is its capital city. This capital city is famous for its carnivals like the Festival Nacional de la Pollera (National Festival of the Pollera), and the Festival of the Patron Santa Librada; and the Festival Nacional de la Mejorana in Guararé. Los Santos along with Herrara is known to be the birth place of the traditional Panamian dress known as the Pollera. This province is spread on a land area of about 3,804.6 kilometers squared with an approximate population of 83,000. Growing corn, rice, coffee, sugar cane and the raising of livestock and commerce are its primary economy.
• Playa Venao: This is a long beach of about three miles. It is about 6 hours from Panama City by drive. The waves are ideal for surfing, with the waves being about 15 feet tall and never under 4 feet.

Best time to visit / climate:

Pedasi, Las Santos has a tropical wet and dry climate. The dry season is from January to April whereas the wet season is in remaining year. The best time to visit this place is in the dry season and that is from January to April.

Location on Google Maps:

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Lonely Planet Panama Panama AdventureMap (National Geographic) Fodor’s Panama, 2nd Edition

How to get there:
Pedasí has regional flights from the Air Panama Terminal at the Albrook “Marcos A. Gelabert” International Airport in Panama City as well as are private and charter flights year-round.

To reach Panama City:
By plane: Tocumen International Airport is outside Panama City. This airport offers services for Copa Airline, American Airlines (Dallas/Ft.Worth, Miami), Delta Airlines (Atlanta, Georgia), Continental Airlines (Houston, Newark), Avianca (Bogotá, Colombia) and TACA (San José, Costa Rica and San Salvador, El Salvador) along with major Central American airlines, and several South American airlines and European Airlines. There are direct flights between Tocumen and New York, Newark, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Madrid, and all major cities in the Caribbean area, Central America and South America, like Santiago de Chile.
By train:
Between Panama City and Colon, only one train service operates with a passenger car. This ride is a scenic ride with views of the Panama Canal and the tropical rainforest.

To get around taxi is the best way.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at villapedasi
restaurants at wikitravel
Hotels at wikitravel
Hotels at costaricalink
Hotels at maplandia

Blogs / Sites about Pedasi, Panama

Blogs and reviews at travelblog
blogs and reviews at travelblog
Blogs and reviews at travelblog
Blogs and reviews at travbuddy
Blogs and reviews at travelpod

Images and photos of Pedasi, Panama

images at google search
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Images at travelblog

Videos of Pedasi, Panama

Pedasi, Los Santos, Panama


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