Playa Venao is considered Panama’s best beach break. The main wave breaks left and right. There is usually always something to surf unlike other spots in the area that depend on swells. During the week the sea is often empty, making it a surfers dream. At weekends locals do come and ride waves, but the nature of the beach break means it rarely feels crowded.

Show-off

Show-off

The sand floor means its also a great beginners beach. People say that you can learn in a few weeks what would take months in other spots – mainly because of the consistent waves in Venao.

The break is best approaching and around high tide. When it’s real big, there are good breaks in other spots on the same beach. It does close out when the waves go much higher than 8 feet.

There is usually surf all year round. However, you’re more likely to get sweet offshore winds during the dry season (January – May).

There are several other great surf breaks in the area, such as Madroño Beach – the next beach over from Venao.

Chilling

Chilling

If you’re feeling motivated, find transportation out to Guanico or Cambutal – around an hours’ drive, but well worth it once you are there.

La Garita and Playa El Toro in Pedasí are especially popular with body boarders.

Tide prediction for Balboa

Tides.Info: Tide Predictions for Balboa, Panama [114 miles away]

Swell forecast for Playa Venao

Magicseaweed.com: Playa Venao Surf Report