Wondering what to do when you get to Panama? Come visit Pedasi – there are so many things to do throughout the entire year here…and there’s only one spelling and meaning of “board” here.
1. Go to a Beach
Whether you want to walk, run, ride (low tide), do some yoga, or just lay in the sun, Pedasi has plenty of beaches within a 5 minute drive. Some are less than a ten minute bike ride away too! Sit at the Arenal Beach Bar and watch the pangas go to Isla Iguana and back. Or ride your bike from Arenal beach to Bull Beach.
Speaking of waves, we’re working on some great packages to serve you better. We’re crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s on a Surf-n-learn package, and we’re teaming up with Pacific Paradise Pedasi to offer Dive-n-learn packages. We’ll have more information on our site once we’ve finalized all the details. But of course, you can always take advantage of our existing courses.
2. Take a Spanish Lesson
Buena Vida Language School helps people of all ages and all levels. We have private classes, group classes( depending if there is someone with your same level that wants classes at the same time as you), skype lessons – we can even arrange home-stays for the full immersion experience!
3. Enjoy the Barro Fest
If you love to learn about other cultures and customs,the Barro Fest gives you an amazing opportunity to do it. This is a folkloric music festival which showcases the historic Panamanian tradition of a “Junta de Embarra” (roughly translated as a “Mud Gathering”), it is attended by locals, city dwellers, tourists and expats of all ages. The Barro Fest has been characterized by creating contrast between folklore and the modern.
4. Go Fishing and Catch your Dinner
In case you haven’t heard, Pedasi is considered part of the “tuna coast”. There’s plenty of fish to be caught here, so hire a captain and hit the high seas…just make sure to cover up with a long sleeve shirt, pants, and something to cover your head, ears and neck. That sun can do a number on you if you’re not covered up.
5. Eat, Drink and be Merry
Pedasi has plenty of options for a great meal. Vegetarian, Italian, German, American and Mexican are all available, so you won’t go hungry here. Some restaurants offer live music and dancing – que bueno!
6. Visit Isla Iguana
Isla Iguana is a nature reserve with beautiful beaches, snorkelling and sightseeing. Many hotels and tour operators can arrange trips for you to this beautiful nature reserve. Also, we know responsable fishermen that would love to take you to enjoy the beauty that Isla Iguana can offer you.
7. Enjoy a Festival…or more!
Near the end of October, Pedasi hosts the desfile de carretas, which also celebrates the crowning of a new Senorita Pedasi. November hosts many parades and is the month of the two Independence Days that Panama celebrates. Don’t miss the Christmas parade in the square if you’re here in December. In nearby Las Tablas, during January the city hosts the parade of a thousand dresses – or the Desfile de las Mil Polleras- it is an amazing festival where the culture rises to the surface. And in either February or March (depending on when Shrove Tuesday falls) well, there is the ”Carnival”, a celebration that’s pretty popular in this area.
The Azuero Peninsula is rich with culture
In July, you can enjoy “El Festival de La Pollera”, a festival dedicated to the typical panamanian dress. This festival takes place in Las Tablas, 30 minutes from Pedasi. In September, specifically, in Guarare, there is a popular festival called “Festival de La Mejorana”, it is almost a week with different contests related to our culture.
Children’s Tipico dance group from Pedasi at the Festival de La Mejorana
8. Whale and Dolphin Watching in Pedasi
During the months of June through October, humpback whales visit the Azuero Peninsula and can even be seen from the beach at times. Fishermen in Pedasi have plenty of knowledge where they can take you to help you enjoy this unforgettable experience.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Pedasi! Hasta pronto, amigos!