IS PLAYA VENAO PANAMA SURF GOOD FOR BEGINNERS, TOO?

IS PLAYA VENAO PANAMA SURF GOOD FOR BEGINNERS, TOO?

Most newbie surfers make the exact same mistake: They choose the wrong location.

Either they paddle where it’s too advanced for them– the waves are too big, too fast, too strong. They spend their time fighting the waves, feeling frustrated and hopeless and not having much fun. Or, they pick a spot that’s just not working at all. The waves are too weak, inconsistent, or poorly shaped. They can’t catch a thing– and end up, again, not having much fun.

​Some assume Playa Venao Panama surf falls into the first category. Considered one of the best places to surf in Panama, serious surfers come from around the world to surf in Playa Venao. Heck, there’s even surfing championships held here.

But Playa Venao Surf is actually great for beginners, too. If you know where to surf, when to paddle out, and what to do once you’re out there, Playa Venao is one of the best places to learn to surf in Panama. Here’s why Playa Venao Panama surf works for beginners, too…. and how you can make the most of it.​


Year-Round Surf in Playa Venao

You don’t need to be Kelly Slater to get that consistent swell = good, inconsistent = bad. Learning to surf is a gradual process; besides being a physical challenge, it also takes time to learn to read the waves and to fine-tune your technique paddling over and into them.

Playa Venao Panama surf offers this opportunity, with a consistent supply waves throughout the year. That’s not to say they’re huge all year– some months are better than others if you’re looking for monster waves. If you’re learning to surf, however, you can come out any month of the year and be able to surf in Playa Venao.

Variety of Waves in Playa Venao

Repeat after me: Not all waves are created equal. Just as important as having consistent waves is having a variety of wave types. Beginners usually don’t realize this; they’ll figure “a wave is a wave is a wave.” Wrong.

Waves come in different shapes, sizes, and directions… and Playa Venao Panama surf has got ‘em all. You can practice surfing all different types of waves, which will improve your ability to “read” waves and get you better, faster. It’s also just more fun (who wants to ride the same wave over and over again? Booooring.)

Quick Tip: Some waves are easier to learn on than others. Ask our Shokogi Surf Instructors where the best beginner-friendly waves are that day!

Surf in Playa Venao When It’s Right For You!

Thanks to the consistency and variety of surf in Playa Venao Panama, you can schedule your day to fit in exactly the kind of surf you’re looking for.

Playa Venao tides are so drastic that the swell can change dramatically throughout the day. So if the morning set isn’t quite to your liking (or if you’re just too hungover from partying the night before) you can choose paddle out later.

In the meantime, you’ve got all the other awesome things to do in Playa Venao Panama to keep you occupied. (And if you really are hungover… go sleep it off in our air conditioned rooms and ridiculously comfortable beds.)

Quick Tip: It’s not always easy to tell where the waves are and when they’ll be firing, so you might wanna ask one of our on-site surf instructors when to paddle out.

More Space, More Waves, Less Hassle.

Normally, a surf spot will have a limited number of spots from which one can actually catch a wave. These spots tend to get crowded with surfers all battling for the same wave, which can be super stressful– especially if you’re a beginner and not that sure of yourself.

The unique shape and size of Playa Venao gives you plenty of options for where to catch waves. There are take-off spots all along the bay, with different spots offering different sizes and types of waves. (The less crowded places will typically have smaller waves– but if you’re new to surfing this is what you want, anyway.)

Quick Tip: The area directly in front of Selina Playa Venao is perfect for beginner to intermediate surfers. Those who want a challenge can walk 2 minutes to the right for bigger, faster waves.

The Best Surf Community in Playa Venao

Surfers can be some of the coolest people on the planet– or the most obnoxious (#sorrynotsorry.) I’ve met countless surfers who were incredibly kind, helpful people, and others who were…. much less so. When you’re learning to surf, it’s important to be around the first kind. Not only will you get better faster, but you’ll actually enjoy yourself while doing it.

Selina Playa Venao tends to attract the best kind of people. The type of travelers, surfers, and locals who are kind, creative, inspiring, and genuinely fun to be around. Whether you’re taking surf lessons with our awesome staff, swapping tips with new friends in the line-up, or laughing over wipeouts at the bar that night, learning to surf in Playa Venao Panama is extra awesome at Selina.


Most newbie surfers make the exact same mistake: They choose the wrong location.

Either they paddle where it’s too advanced for them– the waves are too big, too fast, too strong. They spend their time fighting the waves, feeling frustrated and hopeless and not having much fun. Or, they pick a spot that’s just not working at all. The waves are too weak, inconsistent, or poorly shaped. They can’t catch a thing– and end up, again, not having much fun.

​Some assume Playa Venao Panama surf falls into the first category. Considered one of the best places to surf in Panama, serious surfers come from around the world to surf in Playa Venao. Heck, there’s even surfing championships held here.

But Playa Venao Surf is actually great for beginners, too. If you know where to surf, when to paddle out, and what to do once you’re out there, Playa Venao is one of the best places to learn to surf in Panama. Here’s why Playa Venao Panama surf works for beginners, too…. and how you can make the most of it.​


Year-Round Surf in Playa Venao

You don’t need to be Kelly Slater to get that consistent swell = good, inconsistent = bad. Learning to surf is a gradual process; besides being a physical challenge, it also takes time to learn to read the waves and to fine-tune your technique paddling over and into them.



Playa Venao Panama surf offers this opportunity, with a consistent supply waves throughout the year. That’s not to say they’re huge all year– some months are better than others if you’re looking for monster waves. If you’re learning to surf, however, you can come out any month of the year and be able to surf in Playa Venao.

Variety of Waves in Playa Venao

Repeat after me: Not all waves are created equal. Just as important as having consistent waves is having a variety of wave types. Beginners usually don’t realize this; they’ll figure “a wave is a wave is a wave.” Wrong.



Waves come in different shapes, sizes, and directions… and Playa Venao Panama surf has got ‘em all. You can practice surfing all different types of waves, which will improve your ability to “read” waves and get you better, faster. It’s also just more fun (who wants to ride the same wave over and over again? Booooring.)



Quick Tip: Some waves are easier to learn on than others. Ask our Shokogi Surf Instructors where the best beginner-friendly waves are that day!

Surf in Playa Venao When It’s Right For You!

Thanks to the consistency and variety of surf in Playa Venao Panama, you can schedule your day to fit in exactly the kind of surf you’re looking for.

Playa Venao tides are so drastic that the swell can change dramatically throughout the day. So if the morning set isn’t quite to your liking (or if you’re just too hungover from partying the night before) you can choose paddle out later.

In the meantime, you’ve got all the other awesome things to do in Playa Venao Panama to keep you occupied. (And if you really are hungover… go sleep it off in our air conditioned rooms and ridiculously comfortable beds.)



Quick Tip: It’s not always easy to tell where the waves are and when they’ll be firing, so you might wanna ask one of our on-site surf instructors when to paddle out.

More Space, More Waves, Less Hassle.

Normally, a surf spot will have a limited number of spots from which one can actually catch a wave. These spots tend to get crowded with surfers all battling for the same wave, which can be super stressful– especially if you’re a beginner and not that sure of yourself.

The unique shape and size of Playa Venao gives you plenty of options for where to catch waves. There are take-off spots all along the bay, with different spots offering different sizes and types of waves. (The less crowded places will typically have smaller waves– but if you’re new to surfing this is what you want, anyway.)



Quick Tip: The area directly in front of Selina Playa Venao is perfect for beginner to intermediate surfers. Those who want a challenge can walk 2 minutes to the right for bigger, faster waves.

The Best Surf Community in Playa Venao

Surfers can be some of the coolest people on the planet– or the most obnoxious (#sorrynotsorry.) I’ve met countless surfers who were incredibly kind, helpful people, and others who were…. much less so. When you’re learning to surf, it’s important to be around the first kind. Not only will you get better faster, but you’ll actually enjoy yourself while doing it.



Selina Playa Venao tends to attract the best kind of people. The type of travelers, surfers, and locals who are kind, creative, inspiring, and genuinely fun to be around. Whether you’re taking surf lessons with our awesome staff, swapping tips with new friends in the line-up, or laughing over wipeouts at the bar that night, learning to surf in Playa Venao Panama is extra awesome at Selina.



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