A four and a half hour drive from Panama City, on Panama’s Pacific Coast, you will find Panama’s hidden gem: Pedasi. The small and charming fishing village of Pedasi lies on the Azuero Peninsula, home to the country’s best surf and known for its unspoiled beaches and wealth of marine life.
Pedasi has gained popularity among locals and foreigners over the past ten years as a place to live, work and retire, and a thriving and diverse community of locals, Europeans, Israelis, Americans and Canadians love to call it home. The locals who have lived here for several generations get along great with the more recent arrivals and as a newcomer you will quickly become a part of the extended Pedasi family.
People living in Pedasi enjoy a comfortable and safe quality of life in a thriving community surrounded by nature. The serenity this little town provides is in sharp contrast with the hustle and bustle of Panama City. The atmosphere is laid-back and people are warm and friendly. Pedasi is one of Panama’s most traditional towns, meaning that you’ll enjoy several folkloric celebrations throughout the year.
Given that Pedasi is relatively small, biking is a popular way of getting around. Supermarkets, bars and a surprising number of great restaurants can be found nearby. Though an increasing number of services and amenities are becoming available and new businesses are springing up, Pedasi is managing to keep its original character and charm — fortunate for all of us who know what Pedasi was like pre-tourism.