Playa Venao is one of Central America’s premier surf destinations, located in Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. Panama is a smart place to invest as it has a stable democratic government, it’s currency is the US dollar, it does not get hit by hurricanes, and, of course, boasts the Panama Canal as a global shipping hub— ensuring the country’s peaceful, prosperous, and neutral existence. Panama City features an impressive and modern skyline contrasted by the lively and historic city center known as Casco Viejo. More importantly, Panama City is home of Copa Airlines and its Hub of the Americas, featuring over 80 direct flights to and from major cities in North America, South America and Europe. The closest airstrip to Playa Venao is located in the town of Pedasi, and the nearby town of Chitre is served by local flights to and from Panama City. Playa Venao is 220 miles from Panama City, via the four-lane Pan-American Highway.
Bonhomia is a 46 hectare (114 Acre) estate that is fully titled, including frontage on the main road just 200 meters walking distance from the beach of Playa Venao. The property features at least ten hilltops with stunning ocean views, lots of old-growth tropical forest, and an abundance of water including a sand-and-rock-bottom river and two gorgeous creeks, which border and run through the property.
Currently there is a modular “base camp” set up on the property, with a water well producing 15 gallons/minute. The two modular units are set up next to a bend in the river, both with air conditioning. One has a full bath, the other has a kitchenette. There is running well water, a water reserve tank, a storage unit, and a septic system set up on site. It is a good initial setup with basic infrastructure to use while building your dream home on the property.
Los Balsos River features several swimming holes, surrounded by old growth forest on both sites, making it a pristine and idyllic setting. You will occasionally spot deer nearby, as well as plenty of birds and several different species of monkeys, especially the white-faced Capuchin and Howler monkeys who visit daily.
The possibilities with this property are really up to the imagination of its new owner. It could easily be turned into a private estate property, an eco-lodge, a permaculture and/or reforestation project. There are multiple ocean-view building sites that could be subdivided.
Playa Venao Surfing
With it’s famous horseshoe-shaped sand bottom surf break, Playa Venao is home for several local and International surf stars. It’s where both 13-time National Surf Champion and Guinness World Record holder Gary Saavedra lives, as well as Pucha Garcia, Panama’s 10-time National Women’s surf champion. Venezuelan born Magnum Martinez also has his home base in Playa Venao, and he was the 2012 ISA World Master Champion and offers surf coaching to rising stars at the Surf Dojo. Playa Venao hosted the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in 2011, and the DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2012. Other nearby surf breaks close to Playa Venao include Playa Madrono and Ciruelo, and within driving distance you can reach Corto Circuito, Dinosaurio, Dos Rocas, and Playa Cambutal.
Food and Lodging
Playa Venao attracts a very international crowd, offering accommodations catering to a variety of budgets from those staying in hostels, hotel rooms, and luxurious private home rentals. Some of the most popular hotels include Playa Venao Resort, El Sitio Hotel and Eco Venao. It is also the birthplace of Selina, what is now an international chain of co-living and co-working hostels, known for their brightly colored huts lining the beach and DJs playing music for guests dancing late into the night.
There are a variety of dining options in Playa Venao, with several restaurants run by nearby hotels as well as Bonhomia’s direct neighbor Eco Venao’s featured restaurant Panga offering farm to table cuisine and featuring local cheese, freshly caught fish, local beef, homemade sea salt, and local fruits and vegetables. El Sitio Village, also known for its iconic light house, features a great family friendly boho-chic style restaurant and beach bar. Just a short walk from Bonhomia, Eco Venao operates sailboat shaped La Barca beach bar, where you can order a cold beer or fresh cocktail while watching the sun set over the Pacific as you relax with your feet in the sand. You can also quench your after surf cravings with a cold locally produced popsicle from the Buena Onda stand right on the beach, with flavors like watermelon lime, hibiscus ginger, strawberry or fresh mango.
Fishing and Local Tourism
If you’re a fishing enthusiast, Playa Venao is located in the heart of what is widely known as the Tuna Coast, featuring an abundance of Yellowfin tuna, Bigeye tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Mackerel, Snapper, Amberjack, and Roosterfish, among others. The nearby Islas Frailes just 3 nautical miles off the beach are an amazing spot to catch any of the above. The west side of Playa Venao is the best spot to be picked up by your captain, but there are also two different boat ramps only 10 minutes from Venao, one in Ciruelo and the other one in Canas also featuring boat sheds.
Other activities in the area include visiting nearby Isla Canas, a wildlife refuge where you can watch turtles hatching from their eggs during the fall. You can visit the charming nearby town of Pedasi and take a boat out to Isla Iguana, a wildlife preserve featuring a white-sand beach surrounded by clear blue waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are whales that visit the Venao area each year, and can be seen from the shore, as well as occasional bioluminescence in the water as the waves crash. It’s truly an area that is full of life and wonder year round.
The Time is Venao
Above all, Playa Venao is one of the few premier surf destinations that still maintain a small town and low-key vibe without overcrowded beach breaks. There are a good variety of amenities and local community in the area to be able to live there part or full-time, yet it still remains a relatively undiscovered spot. The Bonhomia estate is a one of a kind opportunity nestled in the middle of this unique surf community. At a price of only USD $1,720,000.00 or $3.75/meter, this is a bargain price for prime titled land, especially in such a central location right across from the beach.
Alejandro Porras (507) 6675-0828