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8 Days Safari Surf Adventure in Playa Venao, Panama

El Sitio Hotel, Playa Venao, Panama

Panama Surf Adventure

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

Want to put some adventure surf travel into your world while taking your surf skills to the next level? Join Safari Surf Adventures in their spring 2020 Playa Venao, Panama coaching trip! This surf trip to Panama will take you to the small surf town called Playa Venao, located in the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province, “Venao”, as the locals call it, is a true hidden treasure, the beach is set in a picturesque horseshoe shaped bay!

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  • Daily 2-hour morning surf session
  • A complete SSA coaching program
  • Use of all SSA surfboards are included
  • Videographer and photographer for the trip
  • Daily breakfast will be provided
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Safari Surf Adventures offer the beachfront accommodations of El Sitio Hotel. This hotel is literally on the beach; the hotel has a restaurant and bar along with a pool. El Sitio offers various types of room offering such as single, double, and for families as well. All units have the following amenities:

  • A/C throughout
  • A pressurized solar hot water system
  • Sheets and bathroom towels are provided
  • Beach towels
  • Beautiful, locally made fine wood furniture and doors
  • Satellite / Cable television with international programs
  • Wireless internet
  • 24/7 Security
  • Maid Service


Safari Surf Adventures' goal is to accelerate your learning curve across the spectrum of the surf lifestyle to become a confident and skillful surfer. This, in combination with complementary surf stretching and surf fitness, will offer you unrivaled progression and improvement and loads of film footage of yourself.

Your Safari Surf Adventures surf coaching program will be led by the experienced and passionate local team. They will guide you to level appropriate waves and employ the unique SSA training curriculum in and out of the water. A key component of SSA's teaching philosophy is video and photo reviews, helping to track your progress and giving you focussed goals to work on throughout the program.

All progress tracking, photos, and videos taken of you are yours to take home at the end of your SSA adventure, giving you a great reference for continued progression whenever and wherever you surf.

Safari Surf Adventures' Goal

In all locations, SSA supports local projects which help alleviate the problem of marine little and marine plastics. On every surf adventure with SSA, you will have the opportunity to learn more and get involved with their sustainability vision.


SSA's unique surf trip program focuses on the following principles for success:

  • Location

Relatively remote equals less crowding and more wave opportunities for you. You need consistent wave repetition.

  • Waves

Pointbreak-type of waves are essential to actually feel, read, and surf a wave correctly. Being able to slow things down on a long drawn out wave will, in itself, open a trove of knowledge which will translate into a higher level of surf performance for you.

  • Physical

Educating you in the proper yoga/surf stretching before and after you surf to improve overall flexibility and strength which in turn helps progress your surfing.

  • Mental

For most intermediate level surfers, the major roadblock to advancing your skill is in your head. Blending breath work, learning how to control your breath in uncomfortable situations, building a core mental approach to situations in the surf that once had you handcuffed will unleash your potential, not only in surfing but also in all stress type situations in life.

  • Visual

There is no substitute for video analysis to help you understand your shortcomings and progress your surfing. SSA has invested in the best (and most expensive) video analysis software in the industry. Having a coach walk you through your video clips is priceless when it comes to advancing your surf skill.

  • X Factor

The best watermen and women, trained surf coaches with you every step of the way, in the water and on land. Providing instant “live” feedback is essential in expediting and developing your confidence and your development.

  • Surprise

SSA has teamed up with many current and former pro surfers who endorse the program. Don’t be surprised if a pro surfer pops in on your camp to be a guest coach providing you invaluable feedback on your surfing and hang with you for the event!


Nico Almeida


Safari Surf Adventures' Panama location is in the small surf town called Playa Venao. Located in the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province, “Venao”, as the locals call it, is a true hidden treasure. The beach is set in a picturesque horseshoe-shaped bay. Being a true tropical paradise, the air temperature ranges between 28 to 30 degrees Celsius (82 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) year-round.

The water temperatures range in the 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) around June and are at their lowest in February, in the ranges of 24 to 28 degrees Celsius (75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit). Year-round warm ocean temperatures mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year.

Sometimes in December through January months, the morning winds can kick up an upwelling and add a chill to the water temperature. Some locals wear full wetsuits, so a vest or spring suit is not out of the ordinary for dawn patrol surf sessions this time of year as the water can dip into the 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) range.

Playa Venao is a relatively newfound location that only just started being developed by some surfers in 2006. Prior to that, there was no way to get to the location by car, only horseback. So with that said, the town is small but very surf oriented with some great bars and restaurants to hang out in and mingle with the local people.

The Waves

The surf break is a sandbar break with excellent lefts and rights on offer. Best swells typically come from April through October, with November through March being a bit smaller surf in general. There are also a couple of point breaks to the North, the location that offers up really fun long point waves.



  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining


  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant


  • Tour assistance


Daily breakfast at the hotel is included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

Things to do (optional)

Horseback Tour

Explore the local beaches and jungle on horseback with a guided tour of the gorgeous area.

SUP Tour

Cruise up the mangroves or paddle around the small island in the Venao Bay, this location is so ideal for SUP adventures!

1-Hour Massage

Nothing feels better than a well-deserved massage after surfing for hours. Rejuvenate your body and keep in tune, treat yourself to the life of luxury. Relax and take in the tropical breeze!

Zip Line Tour

Enjoy a 1-hour zip line tour through the jungle and then finish off with a swim in the waterfalls!

ATV Tour

Jump on the 4-wheeler and explore the amazing hills and trails up above Playa Venao and into the back mountains of Canas!

Pedasi/Isla Iguana Sanctuary Island Tour

Take a 20-minute ride into Pedasi where you can shop for souvenirs, then jump into a covered panga and take a 30-minute ride out to the sanctuary island of Isla Iguana to swim in the pristine waters and walk on the white sand beaches!

What's included

  • Daily 2-hour morning surf session
  • SSA Coaching program (Video analysis, in-water surf coach/guides)
  • Use of all SSA surfboards (Firewires), if the guest wants
  • Videographer and photographer for the trip
  • Copy of all your video analysis sessions and the final analysis (provided one week after your trip)
  • Copy of all your raw video footage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • All lunches, dinners, and snacks
  • All drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance (Safari Surf is a licensed agent with Travel Guard and will provide each guest with a free quote. Everyone is recommended to carry insurance to cover health/injuries, damage, travel. You will need to sign a liability waiver with SSA.)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The best international airport in Panama to fly into is the Tocumen International Airport (PTY). From the airport, there are at least three good ways to get to Playa Venao. Transfers are included in the package, Safari Surf Adventures will pick you up from this airport.

Airport: Tocumen International Airport Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday April 18, 2020
Departure: Saturday April 25, 2020

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