Playa Venao


With a reputation as a “heaven on earth,” Playa Venao, Panama has transformed from a wild beach town to a go-to destination. Stretches of white sand, candy-colored houses, and a surfer-bohemian vibe make this the perfect setting for seekers of tranquility and bliss. Venao is one of the best places to surf in Panama with waves for every level of skill. This town wakes up early to make the most of the surf breaks, and the beaches get busier throughout the day. Need a break from the sand? Venture inland for a canopy tour of Cañas in the Azuero peninsula, or, head off the coast to explore the Isla Iguana or go fishing off Isla Cañas. Looking for wellness activities? After a day in the sun, recharge with a wellness workshop or tropical cocktail at The Playground. Yoga is always a popular activity. Try one of our yoga classes or mindfulness sessions. Here, like all of our locations, we go out of our way to help you experience all the awesome activities Venao has to offer. Whether you want to zipline through the jungle or explore the hidden islands of Venao we’ve got you covered.

  • Playground: Restaurant-Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Free WIFI
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Surf Club
  • Yoga deck & lessons
  • Tours & transportation
  • Parties & social events


Hotels in Playa Venao can’t offer the same combination of comfort and community as Selina Venao. We are the answer to where to stay in Playa Venao. Here, happiness comes in waves. Selina Venao is perfectly positioned to capitalize on one of the best surfing spots in the world. Steps from the beach, we have some of the best Playa Venao surf. Wake up early with Selina Surf Club to meet some awesome people, rent a board, try standing up for the first time, or go on a guided surf session. Finish up in time for Selina’s infamous breakfast buffet and fill up on healthy, delicious food at The Playground – something you won’t find at a Playa Venao hostel. Between surf sessions, chill by the pool with a piña colada or book a yoga lesson to help your muscles recover. Selina’s community is always up to something: meet up for beach volleyball, happy hour, volunteer activity, or karaoke night. Looking for a unique way to stay? Book one of our teepees to spend the night under the stars. Roll out of bed and right onto the sand bright and early for another world-class surfing experience. Selina Venao also has dormitories, standard, private, or deluxe rooms.


There are plenty of things to do in Playa Venao when you stay with Selina. Come for the outdoor pool and water sports galore at this jaw-dropping beach locale. Selina Surf Club will take you to the best places to learn to surf with our top-notch equipment and friendly surf pros. Try your hand at kite-surfing or take your skills to the next level with surf classes for beginners, intermediates, and experts. Need a break from the water? Yoga is always an option, or head out to zipline through the jungle or explore the hidden white-sand islands of Isla Iguana nearby. If you’re lucky enough to be here between July – October, join us for a whale watching tour! Humpback whales pass through during their seasonal migration, and Venao is one of the best places to spot them. Volunteer with Selina Gives Back to spread the love to this charming community with a beach clean-up or activity with local kids. There’s no shortage of things to do in this surfer’s paradise!

Getting here

From the airport

If you’re flying into Panama City’s Tocumen Airport, ask about our direct Selina shuttle to Venao. If you’re flying into Chitre, you can either take a taxi ($45-50) or a public minibus to Playa Venao.

From another Selina

Take one of our Selina shuttles from Selina Bocas del Toro, Panama City or Pedasi. Book a shuttle under the Explore tab.

By bus

Take a $10 bus from Panama City to Las Tablas from the Albrook bus terminal (schedules can be found online). The bus trip should take about 4.5 hours. In Las Tablas, either catch the 1:30PM bus to Playa Venao or take a taxi for $35-40. Alternately, catch a bus to Pedasi and take advantage of Selina Pedasi’s daily shuttles to Playa Venao ($5 for guests, $8 for non-guests).

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