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Pedasí ecstatic over new Air Panama flight
Where to go for the weekend? Getting to Pedasí no longer requires a four and a half hour drive from the city – thanks to Air Panama. Located on the south-eastern tip of the Azuero Peninsula, Pedasí and its surrounding beaches are one of Panama’s hottest up-and-coming destinations. The new flight announced by Air Panama this week will use a 12-passenger Twin Otter Caravan for the thrice-weekly flight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Planes depart from the Albrook Airport at 3:00 p.m. and depart from the new Pedasí Airport at 4:00 p.m.
Eden Graziani of the Shokogi Surf School in Pedasí reports to be “really happy for the new flight in Pedasí. It will bring a lot of tourists and a lot of fun!” Isabel Vallejo, an architect from Latin America’s largest architectural firm, Mallol & Mallol, says that the new route “suites the needs of projected development in the area.”
Hotel owner Marta Brexxi says that Air Panama “hit the bull’s eye” with the new flight schedule to serve the “weekend crowd.” Certainly the opportunity to cut the ten hour round trip drive out of the equation will be beneficial to tourists as well.
Ted Tennis, the Pedasí and Playa Venao representative of the real estate firm Panama Equity, told The Visitor that two car rental agencies in the nearby city of Chitré, Thrifty and Avis, will drop off and pick up rental cars at the airport, coordinated with the flights.
The landing strip in Pedasí used to be on the road towards Arenal Beach. Now it is on the other side of town past the school. Flights begin Friday, October 18. For more information visit www.airpanama.com or call 316-9000.
What to do in Pedasi?
Surfing: Insiders from the surf world pay respect to the waves at Playa Venao – twice a host of two ISA World Surfing Championships.
Visit Isla Iguana: Board a boat at Playa El Arenal to take a trip to an ecological reserve island. It is a 52-hectare island with gentle waves, shallow water and white sand. Tourists say that although it is in the Pacific, it looks and feels like the Caribbean.
Sport fishing: A dream destination for anglers, in Pedasí the bite is on year-round.
Lodging: Pedasí Budget option
Residencial Pedasí: recently refurbished, this is one of the first hotels in the area, with over 30 years of family-operated experience. Rooms are basic, clean and include hot water, A/C and Internet. Relax on the porch or kick back in one of the hammocks on the property.
Casita Margarita: this charming small country boutique hotel is rated #1 by tripadvisor.com. A two story yellow house located at the end of the main street through the town of Pedasí has an at-home feel with a staff that caters to any need. Rooms are comfortable and a common area offers a place to enjoy a good book.
Playa Venao Hotel Resort: located on famous Venao Beach, this new hotel is designed in a style that resembles a hotel in Bali. Guests have the option of staying in thatched-roof beach cottages or in poolside rooms with balconies. Amenities include a large infinity pool overlooking the ocean and an open-air restaurant.