Pedasí (pronounced ¨peh-da-SEE¨) is the gateway to the Tuna Coast, located at the southern portion of Panama´s Azuero Peninsula, surrounded by Pacific waters. Both an adventure destination for avid fisherman and local pescador hangout, big game fishing pioneers have been successful in catching marlin, wahoo, sailfish, grouper, rooster and yellow fin tuna for decades. Today, Azuero´s Pedasí is much more than a fraternal reference to a world class fishing location: it embodies a lifestyle. Pedasí and Azuero combine a stronghold community of farmers and cowboys, bohemian surfers and fishermen, and adventurous expats and entrepreneurs.
This sleepy town of about 2000 people reveals a pristine location of endless uninhabited beaches, mountains, rivers, villages, rolling hills and exotic trees. The hard working locals form an essential part of Pedasí culture, as they tend to their farming, fishing and traditional furniture making trades that put Pedasí on the map. Walk the old colonial streets of Pedasí or nearby Las Tablas or Chitré to immerse yourself in Panama´s interior way of life. Head out for deep sea fishing tours, day excursions to the white sand beaches of Isla Iguana (as shown in the above photo) and or surf the 5-ft overhead waves of Playa Venao and secluded beaches. Enjoy whale and turtle migrations, horseback riding, paddle boarding, vinyasa yoga, a tour of Varela & Sons rum factory, local cuisine and scuba diving. Or just sit back: listen to the area´s howler monkeys and sounds of tropical wildlife, enjoy the vast starlit summertime sky, and watch the large cruise and container ships migrate to and from the Panama Canal.