The Azuero region is known for its spectacular Pacific beaches, where we all crave a little escape from reality. They are still largely an undiscovered paradise, a fact known to both locals and travellers alike. Azuero beaches are what dreams are made of, and for surfers the coastal region serves as a rendezvous point on their endless Central American summer. Let’s take a look at their escape route, used by both the adrenaline junkie as well as the soul surfer in search of that peaceful, easy connection to the sea that each and every wave brings.
Let’s begin the tour:
El Ciruelo is a rocky bottom point break located 20 minutes from Pedasi. It is rarely surfed, but when conditions are “Business Time” perfect (big swell, no wind) this break fires off some choice left barrels.
Playa Los Destiladeros is ideal for SUPers and ocean swimmers. The views of the rugged coastline dotted by impressive rock formations and million dollar mansions are simply breathtaking.
Playa Panamaes is a sandy beach break and a favorite for bodyboarders because of its consistent rights and lefts. The beach is somewhat remote and is usually empty except for a few locals who show up to take advantage of good swells. Bring an umbrella and plenty of water because there is very little shade and no services.
Playa Venao is a world-class beach break that catches just about any swell and is best at medium to high tide. For seasoned surfers, the main break is located towards the center of the half-moon beach, while beginners can find more moderate swell and smaller crowds on either side of the bay. Without a doubt, this break is a paradise for anyone wanting an adrenaline-infused adventure.
Continuing the tour to Tonosí is Playa Guanico whose two rocky points and sandy beach break in between produce both rights and lefts.
Further along we arrive at Playa Cambutal, a harmonious break full of rights and lefts for all manners of surf. Located at the proverbial “end of the road”, the waves of Cambutal break across 7 great locations. Of the seven, the three most consistent are “411”, Horcones and Corto Circuito. “411” is a point break that with a long right over rocky bottom, best during medium to high tide. Horcones is a beach break with stable rights and lefts. Corto Circuito is a rock bottom point break with a very powerful peak that fires a huge tube before peeling down the point for about 300 feet. This spot is so remote it could be called “the end of the world”, and to be sure NOBODY should be dropping in on your wave. These breaks are for seasoned surfers, and the paddle in separates the men from the boys.
If you are bold and enjoy venturing further off-road into the bush, on the western face of Cerro Hoya are Playa Morillo, Playa Mariato, and Santa Catalina. Santa Catalina is another delicacy of waves for surfers. The world-class point break is a sharp rock bottom right and left, but the main wave here is the right.
Beachbreaks in the Azuero Peninsula: Playa Panamaes, Playa Venao, Playa Guanico, Horcones.
Get pumped, assemble your crew and head out to these beautiful beaches for some fantastic waves!