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Alex, our surf-instructor, also provides all of our tours. As previously stated, he speaks perfect English and Spanish, is very     flexible and always available. He also offers the cheapest prices along the beach.

He offers:

  • Turtle tour
  • Whale tour
  • Isla Iguana
  • Isla Cañas
  • Surf trips to other surrounding surf spots in the area
  • Kayak tour through the mangroves of Isla Cañas
  • Horse back riding
  • Waterfall tour
  • Transport services.

Some of the tours are seasonal. For exact prices it is best to contact Alex directly at, or WhatsApp +507 6420 0225. Use these details to organise your tour before you arrive.


Apart from surfing, Venao is a place to chill out and enjoy nature.

There are small waterfalls (depending on the season) within walking distance.

Walk along the rocks to see a cave.

Go snorkeling or fishing.

Walk to the neighboring beach; a calm, tranquil bay perfect for families and snorkeling.

Go on a day trip to Isla Canas or Isla Iguana.

Depending on the season, do a tour to see whales or turtles.


Yes, we are open to camping. Bring your own tent or hammock and other camping euipment. We don't rent camping-gear, mattresses or sheets to campers.

Spend the day under the trees of our shady beachfront. The area for setting up your camp and where you will sleep is situated next to the hostel, you will be close to the bathroom facilities which you are welcome to use, as well as the common area. You will also be able to use the kichen ameninities, but only in case the dorms are not busy like during major public holidays, when the hostel is fully booked. In this case we ask you to set up by the BBQ of our ranchito by the beach for cooking.


Yes, our local guy Alex gives great, professional lessons. He speaks both English and Spanish perfectly, is very flexible and always available. He also offers the cheapest prices along the beach.

For one person, $25 per hour, including the board. To add an additional person, an extra $20.


Yes, we have a range of boards available, shortboards for more experienced surfers, as well as longboards for people wanting to learn to surf. We are confident that you will be able find a board to suit you.

Prices: 8'2 - $10/hour or $20/day.

All others: $7/hour or $15/day.

We also have kayaks and a stand-up paddle board that you can rent for $10/hour or $20/day.


Venao has a beach break. It doesn't have any serious currents or rocks, perfect for a stress free surf. Also a safe, great place to learn to surf. Our hostel is located about a 10-15 minute walk from the main break.

December to May: „Dry“- season, and peak season for surfing, with steady off-shore winds and consistent swells. You will experience beautiful clear-skied days with clear blue waters.

Although swells are consistent all-year-round, the big swells usually hit in march.

June – November: Wet season, with winds varying between South and North throughout the day with different intensities. In most cases glassy mornings will dominate and after 10:00 -11:00 am you can expect some onshore winds. In the late afternoon the winds often calm down and it gets glassy again. After rains it’s most likely to get really glassy.

During wet season you will be enjoying the view of lush green surrounding hills and jungle and the warm water amongst the cool rain.

Of course swells constantly vary and are unpredictable. But whatever time of year it is, in Playa Venao you will be guaranteed a surf every day.



There is no supermarket in Venao. You should make a stop in either Las Tablas or Pedasi to do a shop and stock up before you arrive here. We have a fully equipped guest kitchen and a barbecue for your use.

While you are here there is a fruit and vegetable truck that comes to the hostel every Monday and Thursday. There is also a mini super just five minutes walk away, and many restaurants along the beach. Occasionally a fish or shrimp man comes by the hostel.


Please visit our 'Getting Here' page.


Here is a rain- tablet for the Azuero-Peninsula.

It shows quite clearly – the driest time here is between December and April.

Although – judging from personal experience- it doesn’t rain all through the months of may to november.

The Azuero is the driest place in Panama and gets the least rain all year around – which makes for great beach-days even during “wet”-season. Sunny days often come in a row, and a fiew days of rain are often followed by a fiew days of sunshine. Those sunny days can actually be some of the most beautiful of the year – with the vegetation rich and the rolly hills bright-green.

Further on we have observed that it rains a lot less during the month of September, while it really starts coming down heavily in Oktober. November is the final month of the rainy-season, with lots of local holidays and fiestas. I hope this info is useful! Cheers!