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“Best beach / surf / relax / eco-friendly spot in Central America!”
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Eco Venao
Ranked #1 of 1 Playa Venao B&B and Inns
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Guadalajara, Mexico
1 review
“Best beach / surf / relax / eco-friendly spot in Central America!”
Reviewed August 13, 2010

Getting to Eco-Venao can be an adventure in itself. And a good one, at that! We rented a car in P. City and made the trip in just over four hours with a couple of great stops in Las Tablas and Pedasi. Coming down the hills into Playa Venao gives you the feeling for how perfect this place is. The Rancho at the beach is still serving ice-cold beers for lass than a dollar and a plato (chicken/fish, beans & rice, + some veg.) is still less than three bucks. And the waves just keep rolling in! We stayed up in La Casona where you get the whole view of the bay just by lifting your head from the pillow. So perfect! We walked up "the drain" to see howler monkeys and a little waterfall and spent hours in the hammocks on the beach. We took advantage of the Yoga platform and saw a pod of dolphins entertaining themselves for hours out in the bay. The sit on top kayak is great fun in the waves-- just be careful to wipe out away from the kayak. I could go on with more fun activities, but hte best is to discober these things for yourself. Get down there-- you won't regret it!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

All around one of the best places to stay anywhere. Privacy, beauty, nature, outdoor activities, local surf, and other local travel and sport attractions, make this a top notch place to visit. The rooms/houses, range from very low budget bunk beds and low priced private rooms and sweet little bungalows, to a little pricier, very comfortable, AWESOME views, private houses, and rooms with A/C. It is affordable, fun, and relaxing. There is a phone on the property, as well as internet and laundry. There are many staff, who have been there forever, and they make your stay easy. Catering is available too. I am thinking about taking my colleagues back there for a retreat, since it was such a great travel wedding destination for a friend of mine! I can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 19, 2009

This is a great place for eco-travelers. There are lots of reasons to visit the Azuero peninsula, and the same goes for this lodge overlooking Playa Venao. Whether it's surf, sun, monkeys, yoga, hiking, birds, meeting new people, or finding your own quiet stretch of sandy beach, its all here. Eco Venao's original hostel is in a rustic building, with two private bedrooms, a communal hostel-style bunkroom, shared baths, solar-heated showers, a deck, hammocks, kitchen, fridges and great views of the surrounding hills and the beach. Recent additions are cabanas beside the property's river bank, and a couple of high-end rental houses, good for larger groups of friends or families. I travel to Panama once or twice every year, and I've returned to Eco Venao every time. You can cook for yourself, get advice on horseback and hiking trails, drink and shower in water from mountain wells--in a secluded, natural environment. Great hosts and staff; interesting guests; yoga classes on the beachfront.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Eco Venao
Address: Carretera Principal | Playa Venao, Playa Venao, Pedasi 0000, 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 Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Venao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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