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Learn surfing in the most remote beach of Panama, away from the busy tourist sites. At Guanico beach you can finally surf every single day in an empty line-up.
During your 7-days program your certified instructor will be with you every step of the way, so you will learn how to surf in no time. You will also find yourself relaxing in your cabin located in a peaceful tropical garden surrounded by many greens and jungle sounds. After a long day of surfing, this is the perfect place to stay in and rest.
You will be accommodated at the El Ranchito Surfcamp, in shared or private double rooms. The hostel has four unattached cabins situated in a green and shady tropical garden, surrounded by many trees and sounds of nature that are sure to make your stay unique and remarkable. In the middle of the garden, there is a big ranch, typical of the Panamanian lifestyle, which houses a tall open kitchen and huge hangout area for the guests.
Throughout the week, you will have a total of six surf lessons during this camp, that each runs for an hour and a half. Our certified professional surf instructor, Lorenzo, will guide you through each step of the essentials of surfing:
Laurent, also known as Lorenzo, is the owner and surf instructor of El Ranchito Surfcamp. Because he was born in the famous surf town of Biarritz in France, waves and surfing have become one of his priorities. Therefore, he turned his hobby into a career. Every summer, he goes back to France to work professionally as a surf instructor. Due to his eleven long years of experience in surf coaching, he knows all the essentials required for successful surf lessons.
This retreat will take place in the El Ranchito Surfcamp, which is located in Guanico village in the Azuero Peninsula, the most southern point of Panama. To the delight of nature lovers, this hostel is a lush tropical garden surrounded by many palm trees and the sounds of the jungle which provide a totally cool experience of living with nature. Also, within only four minutes of driving, you can reach the remote beach paradise of Guanico.
Guanico is a piece of gem that is still undiscovered in Panama. It is situated between the tourism areas of Playa Cambutal and Playa Venao. Its beach stretches over 20 kilometers with nothing but nature. If you are seeking for a remote place to relax, Playa Guanico Abajo is the perfect spot for you. Especially for surfers, its empty line-up and uncrowded waves make for a perfect surf spot and experience.
The package includes a nice daily dinner. This way we all can sit together and exchange our experience throughout the day.
Besides the main retreat activity, which is surfing, you can also do other nature-related activities like biking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Horse rental is available nearby for an additional cost, and El Ranchito Surfcamp can help you get access to this activity. They can also offer you expert local advice on other things to do and places to visit while in Panama. Of course, you are welcome to do any personal activity during your free time, like relaxing in a hammock or socializing.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
At the Albrook bus station in Panama City, take a bus to Las Tablas first. This will cost around 9.50 USD. They run every hour daily, and travel takes about four hours. In Las Tablas, take a taxi to another local bus terminal in order to go to Tonosi. This ride will cost about 2.75 USD. Once you get to Tonosi, you will have to take a taxi to El Ranchito Surfcamp. The alternative to this is to catch a direct bus from Las Tablas to Guanico at 13:30.
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