Playa Venao is an up-and-coming beach destination and surf spot that had once been one of Panama’s best-kept secrets. Until about 20 years ago, the only roads to the beach were dirt roads, and locals will tell you stories of spending upwards of 10 hours getting there in search of surf and snacking on handmade ceviche made by local fishermen. The area has always been home to ranchers and fishermen, but there had been no actual “town” at this beach until about 10 years ago, when a group of investors fell in love with the area and opened beachfront hotels and restaurants.
Over the past decade, tourism to the beach town Playa Venao, as well as immigration of expats & retirees to Pedasi, has steadily increased.
This area exposure has allowed nearby Cañas to appreciate in value as a residential center and launch pad for tourist activities.
Unlike many places in the world, Panama allows for and actually encourages foreign ownership of property and investment. And, unlike developed countries, obtaining building regulations and permits are less bureaucratic.
Foreigners are allowed to officially own titled property either in their name, foundation, or in a corporation.
The property surveys of titled land is officially registered with the Public Registry, and the transference of land deeds are managed there as well, which is legally binding.
Offshore islands reachable by boat featuring white sandy beaches, aqua-colored waters, coral reefs, and drop-off dives.
Record size Black Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Pacific Sailfish,
Wahoo, monster Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Sea Bass, Grouper, to name
a few, inhabit these waters within a 30-minute boat ride.
The local island community of Isla Cañas is 15 minutes by boat, which features a national sanctuary of four types of endangered sea turtles, and an expansive mangrove forest.
Whales and their pups migrate through the area for four months
out of the year offering majestic sightings.
75 to 85 degrees (24-30 C) all year round.
Located away from major fault lines.
Clean air and living.
4 hrs to Houston. 5.5 hrs to NYC (closer than LA!)
Several inshore surf breaks in the area.
Playa Venao & Cañas are most often compared to its neighbor Costa Rica, where beach resort Tamarindo’s land value trades 3x Playa Venao’s (more than 10x Cañas), despite its poor infrastructure (dirt roads vs Panama’s auto highways), lack of safety (petty crime is rampant), political corruption, and currency risk (CR uses Colón vs Panama $USD).
Our locally-based, multinational team brings many years of expertise and local knowledge, as well as key networks within in Panama.