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“Best hostel in Panama” 5 of 5 stars
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Eco Venao
Playa Venao, Pedasi, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Playa Venao B&B and Inns
Chur, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best hostel in Panama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

My plan was to stay for 2-3 days at the Eco Venao, and I ended up to stay 8 nights and had a hard time to leave.
The hostel is a great place with good vibes and all sorts of guests.
The staff is really nice and the ladies, who are responsible for the cleaning, are working a lot to keep the rooms proper from the sand.
The 8-dorm bed has a lot of space and clean.
There is a guest kitchen, but I recommend you to eat at Aldo's Restaurant. He's a fabulous cook, which is open to any kind of special dish. Moreover, he's a good entertainer and can bring the guests perfectly together. Aldo's food was the best one I ate in whole Panama.
The hostel is build on a small hill, 4 minutes walk and you can reach the wonderful beach.

The hostel offers you everything, from surf rental, food to washing your clothes and dry them in just one morning!
However, if you're planning to cook for yourself, buy already some food before Pedasi. The village has a supermarket, but the offer is really basic and don't expect too much of fresh food.

The location and buildings of the hostel are brilliant. Everything made out of wood and the landlords created a protected area for monkeys, birds and deers. There is as well the possibility to have some nice walks around these area.

Last but not least, there is the option of working in order to have a free stay. Just ask the friendly hostel staff.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

great surf: check
great yoga classes: check
great food: check
friendly staff: check
cabana isolated and quiet: check
abundant nature: check
will book return trip: check

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

We stayed in the Mango House but the hostal and the cabanas also looked great. There's an incredible mix of people here-- backpackers, surfers and luxury guests, too, of all sorts of nationalities. Mango House is stunning-- an open-air house that sleeps at least four people. Full kitchen, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and main living and dining area with views of the ocean. The restaurant is exceptional, with fresh local ingredients all at a great price, and about twice per week local farmers bring their truck to the door to sell fresh fruits and veggies. We didn't get to try to yoga classes on the beach, but we did ride horses (recommended!), surfed, sunbathed, bodysurfed and hiked. We also drove the half-hour or so up to Pedasi to get a boat out to Isla Iguana, which was a real treat. Everything here feels so remote and natural, but the accommodations also feel very luxurious, which is quite a treat. Nico, the general manager, and Aldi the chef are great people.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

I think some of these people must be travel journalists or aspiring to be. I'll try o write this so someone will believe it's a traveler and not an owner. I've been to eco venao twice. On both occasions I stayed in the Mango house. It was beautiful. The whole place is great. Well worth the price and the trip.

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

My boyfriend and I recently went to Eco Venao with the intention of staying 3 days. Two weeks later we reluctantly packed up and left. We could have easily and happily extended our vacation in Panama and just stayed there. Waking up to the howler monkeys in the morning was a treat! It signaled time to get up and go surfing for my boyfriend and time for me to roll over and sleep some more until I got up and went to the thatch roof restaurant for cafe' and breakfast or go down to the beach for morning yoga in front of the surf or even get a massage. This was simply the most relaxing and adventure filled simple vacation I could have asked for. The staff walks around with a smile on their faces all day.
The restaurant "Bobore" serves up the most delicious food, 3 meals a day. As an option there is a guest kitchen to cook in, if you are not in a private house. The private houses are lovely and breezy, comfortable and some are very upper class vacation homes.
The trails around the property takes you through the jungle where the monkeys laugh at you from the trees while winding along a river and ending up at a water fall. This is just on the Eco Venao property. The Venao beach is pretty secluded. It's a long stretch in a bay which lends itself to barefoot strolls, surfing and swimming when the tide is right. Simply put I cannot recommend this place enough!

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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Stayed at Venao with my wife and 9 month old and enjoyed every second of it. The staff are super friendly and helpful and the accommodation was superb especially for the price.

The beach is just a minute walk where you will find a great surf spot to boot. Venao offers an excellent restaurant as well as a cool hang out spot.

I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this spot to any type of traveler.

Thank you Venao

Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

I've been going to Playa Venao for over 15 years. camping. it was fun....but Ecovenao is even BETTER! I love the place, the owners, the walks, the beach, the houses, the rooms, the monkeys in the trees, the weather, the layout, EVERYTHING. Accommodations are simple, yet you still feel as if you had been transported to a luxurious and super comfortable home. It feels like home!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Venao, Pedasi, Panama
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Location: Panama > Los Santos Province > Pedasi > Playa Venao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Venao
Also Known As:
Eco Venao Hotel Pedasi

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