We have three main beaches in the immediate Pedasi area, El Toro, Arenal and La Garita. We also have some great beaches a little further away.
El Toro (in Spanish, “El Toro” means “The Bull”) is about three kilometers (slightly less than 2 miles) of just open beach with nothing on it. No restaurants, no bars, no shops; just pure beach. You can go down to the beach and park your car right there. There are no waves in El Toro, but it is possible to kite surf in the summer, when it is windy.
Three kilometers from El Toro is Arenal. Arenal is a little port in Pedasi. All the fishing boats go out from Arenal and it is also a great place to kite surf. There are two restaurants in Arenal. You can also take the boat to one of the biggest attractions in Pedasi, which is Isla Iguana. Isla Iguana is about 7 kilometers (almost 4 and a half miles) out from Arenal, which is a 20 to 25 minute boat ride. Isla Iguana is an amazing little island that has a Caribbean style to it because the sand is white, as opposed to Arenal and El Toro, where the sand is dark. Isla Iguana is a good beach for snorkeling. You can also stand paddle or kayak, if you bring the equipment with you on the boat, or you can also tour the island just by walking around. You will see lots of colorful crabs and hundreds of iguanas. It is a bird sanctuary. You always see birds flying above because Arenal is their home. It is a little island in the middle of the Pacific.
La Garita is a beach and there are no restaurants. It’s just an entrance to the beach. It is the least popular among the three.
My favorite beach around Pedasi is not in the immediate Pedasi area. It is about 15 minutes out of Pedasi and is called Los Destilleros, which means “The Distilleries.” The beach is 5 kilometers long (about 3 miles). It is very beautiful and a bit wilder than the others. You go there by car and not by boat. Going there, you will see lots of attractions, like a couple of restaurants, hotels and beaches. To get to Los Destilleros you drive towards Venao, but it is a lot closer to Pedasi than Venao.
Venao is the most popular beach in the Pedasi area. It’s a horseshoe bay, shaped like a half moon, and is one of the best spots for surfing in Panama. There’s nice break most of the year the waves can accommodate all levels of surfers – from beginners to experts. It has about five hotels, two hostels and several restaurants and it’s a very big, beautiful attraction for tourists.